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Perplexed but Persistent

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Last week I ordered an ASUS barebones system from NewEgg.com that runs an Intel 478 CPU. I have built several AMD computers in the past, but this is my first Intel. I also purchased a Celeron D 315 CPU.

The first thing that puzzled me was the heat sink. The bottom of the heat sink had a gray patch of something covering the metal base. I wasn't sure if that should stay on or not, but I took the risk of removing it, cleaning up the metal underneath with acetone, and then applying Arctic Silver 5 like I usually do on other heatsinks. I also put some on the CPU as well and got it in the socket with no problems. I installed one stick of PC3200 DDR 512MB memory, an NVIDIA 9650 graphics card, and attached the monitor, keyboard and mouse.

I tried turning the machine on and it would not post. The green LED was lit on the motherboard, but neither the power supply fan or CPU fan moved a bit, NADA, nothing happened at all. I figure it is either the power supply or a dead motherboard.

Based on what I've said does anyone else have any ideas of what it might be and why it won't post?


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The grey patch was probably a thermal pad.

As to why it won't post: Does your board have a four pin connector somewhere near the processor? The power supply should have a 4 pin connector as well, usually yellow and black. Some boards don't like it if you try to power up when this isn't plugged in.

But as a general rule if nothing spins then it usually indicates a CPU issue. Try reseating it.

Oh and check the front panel connector for the power button as well :tazz:
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Have you got the manual for the mobo? That's the most important thing, following the instructions in the manual.
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