Further to my last posting regarding my dead PC, I have found that the LAN card at the rear of the pc is lit, presumably this would indicate that there is internal power. I have also found that the flimsy power switch on the front of the case appears to be broken. I reckon that if I connect the reset contacts to the power supply I should be able to restore the power. This brings me to the problem I now face; I have an Asus a7n8x De Luxe Motherboard but I am unable to find the manual to determine the pin connectors needed, any links or drawings of the power connections would be much appreciated.
You can check, to see if it is the power on switch. the switch can be by-passed. Take the two wires off and place a small screwdriver across the two pins. You just need to touch for a fraction of a second.
The pins are the power and ground for the ATX power switch click here
another step forward, I have tried using the reset wires to start the pc but I only get a brief glow from the case fans, it may be that my reset button is only a make and break switch as oposed to an off/on switch, this would sem hopeful as there is power to the internal components. In view of the fact that I am unable to get to the switch to replace it, would I be able to wire a separate on/ off switch on the outer casing perhaps to the reset connectors?