Power Supply or Motherboard Problem - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-24-2011, 04:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3
Unhappy Power Supply or Motherboard Problem

Hi, I'm new to these forums, and if I'm posting in the wrong sub-forum, I apologize in advance, but I could not find a more suitable sub-forum to post in!

I bought a pre-built gaming computer a while back, and my roof leaked 1 drop of water into the top of the tower while I was gaming, and immediately the monitor went black. The computer would still turn on, but it would not connect to the monitor.

I'm wondering if any of you fellas know if this is either the Motherboard or Power Supply causing my problem. I would like to be able to fix this by replacing either of those parts (or both) rather than buying a whole new gaming rig. Or if any of you ladies or gents have an idea of another reason my computer is failing to recognize my monitor, feel free to post up!

Thanks for reading, I hope you can help me,

Mike


Sidenote:
If this helps at all, the specs I remember are:
AMD Phenom x3 TriCore
4GB DDR3 1333 RAM
nVidia 9500GT GFX Card
ASUS motherboard (I think)
500W PS (unsure of brand)
__________________

traumatix is offline  
Old 08-24-2011, 10:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
Techie Beyond Description
 
MindoverMaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: /home
Posts: 12,212
Send a message via MSN to MindoverMaster
Default Re: Power Supply or Motherboard Problem

What exactly did the water hit? If it hit the case, nothing should have happened. But if it somehow got inside your case, is your PSU located on the top? If it hit the board, no doubt it would short it.

Try resetting BIOS.
__________________

__________________
Neowin.net Steam Account
MindoverMaster is offline  
Old 08-24-2011, 01:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MindoverMaster View Post
What exactly did the water hit? If it hit the case, nothing should have happened. But if it somehow got inside your case, is your PSU located on the top? If it hit the board, no doubt it would short it.

Try resetting BIOS.
Yeah, it managed to get inside the case, due to the top being vented. my PSU is at the bottom, the motherboard is more likely to have water dropped on due to its location.

Bump
traumatix is offline  
Old 08-25-2011, 11:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
brinks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,144
Default Re: Power Supply or Motherboard Problem

The water might have hit your video card also.

Unless you know exactly where the drop of water fell onto, it is hard to tell what part is causing the problem. You could open up your computer case and look around for possible burn marks or smell around for burnt smell if their are any.

You need to somehow get yourself another computer and test out each part separately to rule out the working/non-working parts.
brinks is offline  
Old 08-26-2011, 01:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
Lord of Bacon
 
Roark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,352
Default Re: Power Supply or Motherboard Problem

Quote:
Originally Posted by brinks View Post
The water might have hit your video card also.
Easy to check this if you have a video-out on your motherboard (another place to plug your monitor other than the video card).
Try taking out your video card and just running from on-board video if you have the ability.

Also, did you try resetting BIOS like MindoverMaster suggested?
__________________
Please read through the thread thoroughly before responding.
Nobody wants to read a wall of text, formatting is your friend.

i5 3570k | 8GB G.Skill 1600MHz | R9 290 | SeaSonic 750X
Roark is offline  
Old 08-26-2011, 09:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3
Default Re: Power Supply or Motherboard Problem

Quote:
Originally Posted by Roark View Post
Easy to check this if you have a video-out on your motherboard (another place to plug your monitor other than the video card).
Try taking out your video card and just running from on-board video if you have the ability.

Also, did you try resetting BIOS like MindoverMaster suggested?
I'm unsure of how to reset the BIOS, or what that is, sorry.
traumatix is offline  
Old 08-26-2011, 10:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
brinks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,144
Default Re: Power Supply or Motherboard Problem

To reset the bios,
- first unplug the computer's power cord from the power outlet
- then open up your computer case
- look for a watch type battery on the motherboard
- now remove the battery
- press and hold the power button for a few seconds to fully discharge the system
- wait 2-3 minutes, then put the watch battery back onto the motherboard
- close back the computer case and plug in the power cord
- start up the system.
__________________

brinks is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Motherboard or Power supply? cbcoughli Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 5 08-16-2007 11:34 AM
Motherboard and Power Supply Problem. smalls0224 Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 3 08-11-2007 04:05 PM
Motherboard or Power supply bowcaster Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 7 02-15-2007 11:30 AM
Power supply or motherboard problem kchan99 Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 6 11-01-2006 12:23 PM
power supply for motherboard lheggie Monitors, Printers and Peripherals 13 08-24-2003 07:49 AM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.