System Info: Two years old - problem is just within last 10 days
Barebones ABIT A8V K8T800 Pro MB
AMD 64 3200+ Socket 939 CPU
2 Internal HDD
1 External HDD
Lots of video processing in the last two years
Just started getting a System Failed CPU Test on startup. The system is two years old and have not changed anything recently. So far I have cleaned out the entire interior of the box, includinghte video card slot, removed the CPU cooling fan & cleaned and blew out the heat sink. Still started up with the same error message. Prior to cleaning, the system would occasionally start up after 8-15 power downs and start ups. The last time it started successfully for me, I checked BIOS and date, time etc looked OK.
I haven't tried more than a couple of startups since I cleaned it last night, but both times had same error message. I took the heat sink and CPU out and intend on reseating the heat sink with new paste tonight as I had heard there were some people who found a bad connection to the heat sink caused this problem. After that I am out of ideas. By removing the heat sink and CPU and separating htem and re-sealing, I am going farther than I have in the past. I don't know how or if I'm brave enough to test the MB. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.