PC dead after connector problem.

  Naomi1 18:39 21 Mar 2010
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ASUS M4A785 AM3 Mainboard with Team Group Elite 2 x 2GB DDR3 1333Mhz RAM.
While running this PC I accidently loosened an IDE-cable from the mainboard connector; attached were a secondary hard disk and a DVD/RW.
Active system Disk; SATA300 disk on SATA-connector; was not effected.
I shut down Windows.
When I wanted to bootup again; the fans were running, but nothing else worked, even no RAM-check beep, screen black with blinking cursor.
Reset button; no reaction.
Main Switch; no reaction.
I had to switch off by means of the power unit switch.
What broke down; RAM modules? Mainboard? Power unit? All of them?

  Diemmess 18:50 21 Mar 2010

You don't say whether you tried a 'hot' reconnect instead of switching off before any mechanical interference?

Try this simple thing first:
Switchoff and either pull the mains plug out or switch of at the wall.

Now, press and hold the reset button for about 30 seconds.
Switch on and boot as normal, uttering a "short prayer" on the way.

  Naomi1 20:23 21 Mar 2010

It's not clear what sequence you're suggesting.
Pull the plug on the back; OK.
Then what?
Don't take things for granted; please step by step actions.
Thanks.

  johnnyrocker 20:28 21 Mar 2010

sound straightforward to me



johnny

  Diemmess 20:41 21 Mar 2010

1) Shut down the computer and switch off at the wall.

2) Press and hold the reset switch for 30 seconds

3) Take your finger off reset switch

4) Switch on first at the wall and then the PC.


I'm not at all sure why this ever works, but maybe any electrical charge leaks away or is discharged and the computer starts again with a clean sheet having no memory any more of the circumstances which caused the trouble.

If it works, then fine, If it doesn't, well you have lost nothing and can consider other things.

Please say how you managed to disturb the IDE-motherboard connection? What were you doing that needed the case to be open? The trouble may stem from that.

  karmgord 20:59 21 Mar 2010

have you tried disconnecting all the ide/sata cables to see if it will boot?

  Naomi1 21:29 21 Mar 2010

Pushing the reset on a powerless board did not make sense initially, but your explanation did.
Disconnecting the IDE/SATA cables made no difference.
Would clearing RTC RAM (CMOS) help?
The power LED on the board is on, so there is power. But even the lack of a RAM beep bothers me.

  citadel 21:44 21 Mar 2010

clear cmos may do it.

  woodchip 22:28 21 Mar 2010

I think the mobo id dead, a it would not switch off with power button. try it again by holding the button in to see if it does turn off if not, its the above

  woodchip 22:30 21 Mar 2010

I think the mobo id dead, a it would not switch off with power button. try it again by holding the button in to see if it does turn off if not, its the above

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:37 21 Mar 2010

Disconnect IDE cable and reattempt to boot

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