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Old 08-07-2007, 06:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Recently my PC only wants to successfully POST and boot up if I press the power button and then press reset or power off/power on again afterwards. It seems to be getting worse as well... this time I pressed reset five times and then powered off and on again before I got the thing to give me the beep.

All the fans are coming on, it's just not beeping... I read that this could be a PSU issue and that the problem I've described could be that the HDD isn't getting enough power to spin at the right speed unless it has a second power surge by turning off and on again in quick succession.

The only thing is that I recently bought a new PSU (the 430 Watt one below) which is more than my previous one which I replaced because it was getting ancient and was really loud. ('If it ain't broke...' comes to mind).

I just noticed that the SATA HD that contains my OS has a socket for SATA power and a 4-pin as well. I know that this is a stupid question but would it hurt/help to plug both in at the same time? (I only have the SATA power in at the moment).

Apologies for my history of asking really stupid questions...

AMD (Newcastle) Athlon 64bit 3200+ 512kb L2cache 754pin
1xCrucial 512mb DDR 333MHz PC2700
Sapphire X1950pro AGP
320GB SATAII - 7200RPM 16MB Cache
160GB IDE HDD
LG 16x DVD R/RW/RAM
Realtek PCI Ethernet NIC
Seasonic 430W PSU

EDIT: I tried adding all that lot into eXtreme Outer Vision - PSU calculator and it said I only needed something like 284 watts...
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: POST strike?

I didn't really read your post properly

but if you think you might have a psu issue then try the old psu, if that works then thats probably the culprit.
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Default Re: POST strike?

Well, if it's a Seasonic [Antec] I suppose it's the same as mine since mines is from Seasonic which is also [Antec]. My post comes on fine, but that's with a S-ATA I HDD. Well since you said that your HDD came with a 4pin Molex Connector along with a S-ATA power connector, then try connecting the 4pin Molex Connector to see if it will work.
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