I went and bought a new case, mobo and CPU cooler
Pentium 4 2.8
MSI N1996 mobo
2 x 256 Hynix DDR ram
Deepcool Octopus cooler
1 x IDE HDD
1 x DVD-R drive
I went away and installed the mobo, plugged everything in, clicked the ON button for the first (scary time) and much to my dismay..
Hmm, unplugged, replugged everything in. nothing. switched around the on button plugs on the JFP1 sockets, nothing.
pulled the power plugs (ON switch) from an old box, plugged them into JFP1, nothing.
tried another PSU, nothing.
when i say nothing: the Ethernet port shows power with a green LED flash when plugging in the PSU to the power point. click ON, nothing actually happens. no beeps, no fan spins, no wirrrs, silence.
so what im thinking now is the mobo has a problem where its not recognizing the power is being turned on but i dont know how i can test this.
so what im after is any advice anyone can offer as to which tests to run, anything else i can test to narrow down the problem.
i was also wondering if i could jumper the two 'power on/off' JFP1 sockets to simulate a power on.
of course, any help is GREATLY appreciated as im about to go crazy!