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M. Todd
Posted on Saturday, November 25, 2000 - 3:46 am:   

Am building a system using intel se bx 440 board
with a pentium III 550 cpu and 256 ram. Everything went well. I had it on and off several times for a few days adding software. I pull the power supply cable after I turn it off by habit when building a new pc. I plugged it it and went to power up and nothing, no leds, etc. The moniter is on the same power strip and it comes on. I changed the atx power supply as it was poor,
only 145w to a 300w. Still nothing. I checked all my connections and they seem tight. Would a mb die without a whimper, from going strong to absolutley dead? Could the front on/off switch be
the culprit?(seems fine) POOP!
Danny Albers
Posted on Saturday, November 25, 2000 - 2:20 pm:   

Firstly, you should leave a PC plugged in while you work on it, it grounds the case.

If you practice proper procedure, you do it this way.

Sounds like you are a victim of Electrostatic discharge, and yes it can kill your mainboard off, dead.

However, since you own it already, rule out everything else you can simply do first.

Check all connectors, especially the ATX power switch.

Remove and reinstall RAM and CPU

Disconnect all drives, and remove all cards but the video, unplug the mouse and keyboard. If one of these are shorting, you mainboard may boot again once they are disconnected.

Get back to me here with any success you've had.

What you want to do is rule out all other possibilities. MOBOs are not cheap, not good ones anyway.

Best of luck

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