I would sincerely appreciate any help with my problem. I will try to describe the problem and steps I took to fix the computer as closely as I can. I hope that doesn't bore you. If there is anything I said that is inappropriate, please accept my apology.
I I built a system using the following components during the weekend after the Thanksgiving week (literally on December 1, 2007).
- ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADX6400CZWOF
- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
- Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB ATX V2.2 500W Power Supply
- Zalman CNPS9700LED Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler
- Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT12864AA804 (4-4-4-12 2.2Volts)
- OCZ 2GB ( 2 X 1GB ) Platinum PC2-6400 800MHz 240-pin DDR2 Memory - OCZ2P800R22GK (CL 4-4-4-15, 1.9 - 2.0 Volts)
- XFX PVT84GUDF3 GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
- Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
- LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 20X DVDí└R DVD Burner
- Rosewill RCR-102 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Black Card Reader - Retail
- Arctic Silver 5
I can only honestly said that I have witnessed the system working beautifully for about ONE hour. After I put the component togethers, installed Windows XP, I put the assembled computer back into the Antec 900 box and readied it to be shipped back to China (I currently live in China so I took my thanksgiving holidays in the US, bought the computer parts and built the system) as a check-in baggage when I go back to China on December 6.
Fighting the jetlag, I opened the box, took out the computer, SWITCH THE POWER SUPPLY UNIT TO THE MARKER THAT SAYS 230 VOLT (unlike in the US using 120V, China uses 220V), connected to monitor, turnred on the beautiful computer, all the fans and blue lights from the case, PSU and Zaleman HS were all working, but NOTHING on the screen.
My immediately reaction was something came loose during the flight. So I opened the computer case and found the 1934 connector was loose, but thought that was not the problem. I searched the internet and found suggestion that said I should clear the CMOS (RTC RAM). So I did that, no luck. I then began to take out the memory sticks and re-seated them and that didn't work. Then I left only two sticks of the Crucial Ballistics, still didn't work. So I tried to remove the retention bracket that locked the Zaleman HS to the retention module base (the black retangular rail surrounding the AM2 socket). This was very difficult to do. So I unscrewed the retention module base, and the Zaleman and CPU poped out very easiy. Then I removed the CPU from heatsink and re-seated back to the socket and reattached the heatsink. Turned on the computer, this time, the PC turned on for about 5 seconds and then everything shut down by itself.
So, now I am stuck with a PC that won't boot at all. I saw some post that it might be the motherboard and some post said that it might be the PSU. Since I don't have any spare part here, what can I do to further diagnose the problem?
Does anyone have any idea what other problems could be? I would be very grateful for any help.