Today, after reassembly, the machine starts and runs for five seconds. NO activity on monitor, CD lights flash, then it shuts down.
Repeated several times , always the same outcome.
So I removed all the PCI boards, leaving only the AGP video card installed. Same outcome. (Board does not have onboard video)
Hard drive appears to spin up, but it is hard to tell in five seconds.
Clean up involves brushing off the dust and wiping the surfaces with a paper towel - not wet.
Fans were washed with brush and running water. Both fans (case fan and Heat sink fan) work fine after re-installation.
I also took care to be sure that any possible static was discharged before working, and power was disconnected from the case when I was working on it.
It is possible tat I re-installed the PCI boards in an order different from that of when they wre removed. Could that create a problem?
Should I reset CMOS?