Power problems with computer

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I am trying to put together a computer, and it won't power up. The fan spins for about a second and then nothing. I've read another person's querry, but I have not been able to resolve the problem. I have bought a new power supply, with more wattage than what i had originally, but still the same problem. I have taken out the device cables, and still no power. Any suggestions or are in need of clarification, please respond. Thanks in advance,

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Remove everything except processor, memory, vid card. Try starting it with a startup disk.

Reseat the processor and memory.

Try different memory

If you installed the motherboard, check that the stand offs and screws are not shorting to the case somewhere.
 

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Is it all right to take the heat sink off the CPU and then put it back on? Do i need to put new adheasive later when i put it back on?

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Yes you can, Just reapply the thermal compound, if it's a little messy when you take it off you can use something like finger nail polish remover to remove it. Apply compound sparingly, only a thin layer, just enough to fill any voids between the cpu core and the heatsink, too much is just as bad as too little. I generally use the edge of a playing card to smooth it out. Makes sure you can't see any light between the cpu core and the heatsink, it should be a flush fit to cool properly.

double check all your jumpers and make sure the clear cmos jumper is set properly. A lot of boards ship with it in the clear position and it needs to be moved. Check your motherboard documentation
 
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i had a problem like that and never could get it to work.. so i took it to some place to fix it.. all he did was shove the processor in..... so make sure everythin is pushed in all tha way ~ good luck
 
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