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Spencer B

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So I built this PC and it won't start up. When we first tried it worked for about 30 seconds then turned off. When we flip the switch on the power supply the keyboard and mouse lights up so we know it's getting power and running. But it just won't turn the actual PC on. We think it's because of the power supply. I have a Corsair CX 550M ATX power supply and a Gigabyte 970A-DS3P motherboard. If you know why this is not working please tell us why.
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phillpower2

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:welcome:   Spencer B,

 

The following checks require the computer case to be opened so take the following safety precautions 1st, disconnect the power cord from the wall socket  and take anti static precautions before touching anything inside, you can do this by touching a bare metal part of the case.
  

 

Remove the MB and do a barebones set-up on a piece of cardboard (make sure it is larger than the MB) only connect the PSU, the GFX card, screen, 1 stick of Ram and the keyboard.

 
IF your MB doesn`t have a power  test switch you will then need to short out the 2 power on pins on the MB header (see example below) to get the PSU to activate, you can use a small flat bladed screwdriver or a paper clip bent into a U shape, this is perfectly safe if you do not touch anything else, the idea is to see if we can get a BIOS screen if you do you can then add one component at a time until you find the problem component, you must power down and remove the power cord from the wall before adding another component, second suggestion try a known working PSU, it is not unknown for new components to be bad, third suggestion try and loan an ordinary PCI graphics card (not pci-e) again to try and get a BIOS screen.
 
Other things worth checking include, if you used stand offs beneath the MB are they in the correct locations (only where there is a screw hole in the MB) otherwise the MB will short out, check for stray screws or bared wires for the same reason, make sure that any jumper cap that can be used for clearing the CMOS is not missing or on the wrong pins and finally try removing the CMOS battery for a few moments and then replace it, this will clear any possible bad MB settings.

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Not heard back from you Spencer B, do you still require assistance or is the issue now resolved, an update would be appreciated.


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