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    Default comp turns on then off real quick

    Hi all

    Just fixing a Mates computer
    The problem is that when I turn it on all fans and lights turn on for about 3 secs then turns straight of again
    The comp is an old 939 socket but has new what looks like a newish k8 gigabyte mobo and power supply
    I have changed power supply and ram and reseated everything and tried onboard display and checked atx connection, and still the same thing.

    Any ideas what to try next? it doesn't start anywhere near long enuf to post, I imagine its the CPU or mobo but I'm leaning towards the CPU but i don't even no anyone who has an old 939 socket and CPU to check
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    Default Re: comp turns on then off real quick

    CPUs very rarely fail. It is most likely the motherboard. Another option - have you tried unplugging everything except the motherboard from the power supply? Things like hard drives can have power faults that cause the power supply to cut off.

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    Default Re: comp turns on then off real quick

    I think I'll just tell him to update the mobo and CPU, I have tried it with nothing connected but sadly nothing, thanks for the help
    E8400 @ 4.6Ghz W/C
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    Default Re: comp turns on then off real quick

    Could be overheating if the CPU has been taken out and thermal paste not re applied.

    Can you get into the BIOS at all?

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    Default Re: comp turns on then off real quick

    Check all the caps on the mobo and make sure they're not bulging or leaking .... had a similar problem and caps were the problem.

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    Default Re: comp turns on then off real quick

    If the motherboard is new, perhaps it was installed badly?

    Check for short-circuits under the board (standoffs) or I\O shield (some people manage to get tabs for the USB port stacks stuck IN the ports)
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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    Default Re: comp turns on then off real quick

    It might pay first to check that the power switch is not sticking. The bios may be set to power down after 4 seconds of holding the power button in. Don't laugh, it has caught me out before..

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    Default Re: comp turns on then off real quick

    I would whip the board out of the case and put it on a non-conductive surface, (to rule out any shorts, and anything plugged into the board causing it to shut down) and only plug in the power supply and screen and use a screwdriver to short out the pins and see if it still happens.

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    Default Re: comp turns on then off real quick

    socket 939 , its OLD. Probhably bad caps or just faulty mb.

    Also unplug any internal USB cables, these can go bad.
    Actually unplug all cables is the best way(as the post above) & use another PSU & RAM to test

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