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Old 07-13-2005, 07:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Motherboard not powering up with atx2 (12v) power cable connected

Product Name ECS PT800CE-A
Model Version 1.0

CPU Intel Pentium 4 rk80546pg0881m

Memory Micron MT16VDDT6464AG-265B1 512MB PC2100 266MHZ

HDD western digital wd800bb

Power supply: 250w Newton Power from a gateway select athlon 1100

Operation System Windows XP Home Edition

I installed this ECS PT800CE-A motherboard and the drivers from the cd that came with it and the system worked fine for a few hours. I left my computer on and about 1 hour later it shut down and would not start when I click the power button. With the ATX1 and ATX2 power cables attached, it would not start, however, if I remove ATX2 the fans will run but nothing shows up on the screen. I disconnected everything from the motherboard and took it out of the case and it still didn't power up. I tried removing the CPU, leaving only the motherboard as it came in the box and it still didn't power up. I even cleared CMOS and the problem still persists. I was told by an ECS technician that I should use a power supply rated at least 350 watts. Could this motherboard be defective? Did I damage it by using an insufficient power supply or will a bigger supply bring it back to life? Any information you can provide is greatly appriciated. Thank you.

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Well, Gateway does not rearrange the pins on their PSUs (at least they didn't used to; my Gateway OEM board will power up with any ATX power supply.), so that is not the problem.

The technician is right; I wouldn't even think of hooking up a power supply less than 350W to that, and would probably step up to 400 just because I'm paranoid.

If you can get your hands on a 350W PSU, hook it up and try it out. I don't know if the mobo is defective---lets just take this one step at a time.


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This is also posted in the Overclocking forum.

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