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Mrcobra

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Win xp, turn it on and I see the black & white screens telling me about hd info and I am seeing something about ide conductor 80, it goes to fast for me to see. Anyway it shuts down at different times. I cannot get it to windows. This is a cutom built machine. One thing I did notice is when I tunr the comp on all fans start to turn other than the Power Supply fan. Should this turn on as soon as there is power to the computer ?
 

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Yes I would say so.....I would check your power supply and also all connections inside the PC.
 

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ok what I saw was, secondary ide no 80 conductor cable installed
 

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Check and unplug and plug them back in all the cables to and from the motherboard .

But the powersupply fan should be spinning.
 

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ok maybe a dumb question: I let the computer sit there longer before trying to boot it again, only because if I punch it again Im afraid that I might really break something this time. Anyway, it made it further on the boot this time. Power supply fan still has not turned on but could this issue alos might be a battery ? I am grabbing for straws now.

Also added thermal paste and I am now wondering if your supposed to let this dry or you can put it on and then put it all together again with no waiting
 

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swapped out a powerupply and it still shuts off before reaching desktop
 
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You have 2 PCI slots, right? Are there devices connected to both of them?

And no, go ahead and apply the heat sink right after you put the paste on. It doesn't dry--it wouldn't really do it's job well if it did. Be careful not to apply too much. Just a thin, unbroken layer.

If it says there is no 80 conductor PCI cable installed, that sounds like you have a bad cable or cable connection, or incorrect jumper settings.
 

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telegramsam said:
You have 2 PCI slots, right? Are there devices connected to both of them?

And no, go ahead and apply the heat sink right after you put the paste on. It doesn't dry--it wouldn't really do it's job well if it did. Be careful not to apply too much. Just a thin, unbroken layer.

If it says there is no 80 conductor PCI cable installed, that sounds like you have a bad cable or cable connection, or incorrect jumper settings.
2 pci's sound card in one and nothing in the other:

I am not getting the 80 conductor message anymore.
 

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ok, i tried the following:

1) removed agp video card..................rebooted..........shut off
2) removed power to c drive................rebooted..........shut off
3) removed power to another hd..........rebooted..........shut off
4) swithced ram with each other...........rebooted..........shut off
5) tried another batter.........................rebooted..........shut off
6) tried another ps...............................rebooted..........shut off
7) tried another keyboard.....................rebooted..........shut off

I thinks thats all I tried.
 

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Put your operating system in and see if it will boot from that.
 

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bonk said:
Put your operating system in and see if it will boot from that.
Ok here has what has now been done:

1) New Power Supply
2) Removed the FRESH new Thermal paste and applied again
3) Reseated Heat sink
4) removed the mobo cleaned(dusty), looked for burn marks(none)
5) replaced Mobo and everything else. In other words I ripped it all down and started all over from scratch, just like a new build

FINAL RESULTS: IT WORKS IT WORKS !!!!!!! (y) :) :D ;) :eek: :rolleyes: :cool:

Two\ bad part about this. Why is my floppy drive light staying on ? It doesn't appear to be spinning. Faulty maybe ?

And two, I have NO idea what was wrong lol. I know it was not the Power supply because I tried just booting up the mobo and it shut off again. So, whatever it was( I think it was the heat sink being seated properly and applying a thin layer of thermal paste the 2nd time around).

Thanks for all the great help guys. Hope I don't have to come here again anytime soon ,lol
 
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The light staying on is a backwards cable. There is a pin one on the drive and on the cable. Look closely with a light to see the correct orientation.

Good job fixing the machine!

Little secret here: MOST of the people helping you have likely taken a machine apart and put it back together and had it mysteriously work. The most likely suspect is a short somewhere or a cable not seated properly... Overheating CPU is also, as you suspect, a tricky problem that can cause all kinds of weird things to happen..
 
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