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iwishiwascooltoo

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After taking apart my homebuilt computer yesterday for some routine cleaning, I reassembled it and it no longer boots. When I press the power button all the fans come on, and my Hard Drive LED blinks 3 times but nothing displays on my monitor. The LED continues to blink three times every ten seconds or so, but I haven't been able to find any information on blink codes for my hard drive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Does anyone have any ideas for what I can try to fix this thing? I hope this is enough information, but if not just tell me what you need to know.
 
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Open it up and check all your connections. Especially check the video card--it is easy to make the back pop up when the heavy cable pulls on it.
 
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Been awhile since I had that problem. And please quote me if I am wrong anyone.
But I think I cleared the BIOS/CMOS by either removing the battery, or doing it with the Mobo's jumpers...
But follow Elvandil's advice first... I haven't done heavy tech support in years... So I am abit rusty on the matter :(
 

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I have checked all of the connections multiple times. I have even disconnected everything from the motherboard and reconnected it and I have the same problem. I have tried clearing the CMOS by shorting the jumper, but that didn't solve the problem either.

It seems like the computer keeps restarting because when I turn it on the cd drive spins up and the hard drive LED blinks three times then after about ten seconds the cd drive spins up again and the hard drive LED blinks 3 times and this continues about every ten seconds until I power it down.
 
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Hmm... You have any extra parts you can swap in and out to test and see if one of your parts are fried?

Best of luck to you :D
 

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Problem Solved!

I was examining my CPU and I noticed 3 or 4 pins were all bent to hell so I straightened 'em out and now my computer is working fine. (well actually I'm having a new problem that I think is unrelated, but I'm going to create a new thread for that one.) I think the pins probably got bent the other day because when I removed the heatsink, the processor was stuck to it and came out without me even releasing the lever.

Thanks for your help everyone.
 
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That's good news. Those pins can break off so easily when being straightened that finding that as a problem is bittersweet.

Glad you were one of the lucky ones :D.
 
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