Howdy Dopers! A long-time lurker needs the advice of those wiser than him.
At the beginning of this year I performed a massive upgrade on my computer. New motherboard, CPU, case, RAM, the works. About the only things I reused were my hard drive, floppy drive, CD-R, and modem. Anyway, about a month ago my computer just died during the middle of use. Power was completely lost. I wasn’t sure if the brief loss of juice was due to the computer or my city’s less-than-stellar power grid performance during the monsoons. I rebooted and all was well for about 10 minutes. It died again. I popped off the case and checked for anything out of the ordinary. Nada. On my third attempt, I kept the case open. I noticed the chipset fan was not spinning. It always made a weird noise briefly at start-up if I had left my computer off for an extended period of time. (That doesn’t happen often, my computer is my substitute for a social life.) I deduced I needed a new chipset fan and decided to pull the heatsink off as well and just replace it with one of those Blue Orbs from Thermaltake.
Ok, fast-forward a week. I now have my fan/heatsink unit in hand. I apply the thermal grease to the chipset, align the gizmo with the holes in the board, attach the clips, plug it in, etc. I check all the cards, memory, and wires several times. I press the power button and…nothing. Well, almost nothing. The CPU fan and my new, sexy, over-clocker’s fan both spin briefly before stopping. I don’t hear any POST beeps nor do I hear my hard drive begin to spin. By this point I am very distraught. I’ve tweaked, twisted, and checked every connection until my eyes began to bleed. I still happened to have my old case, RAM, etc from the previous incarnation of my computer sitting around. (That’s what I used while waiting for the fan to come in the mail.) I stick everything back in and fire it back up. So, computer geniuses out there. Tell this journeyman, is there anything glaringly obvious here? Did I hose my computer? I hope I didn’t, but considering my back-up system is a 450 Mhz P3, I’m not really hurting. I just hope I don’t have a useless box laying around. I am very cautious about static electricity and I had a discharge bracelet in use the entire time. Please give me the straight dope, I can take it, do I have a $300 paper weight sitting next to my desk?
Thanks in advance. My apologies for making you read all of this. I’m a very verbose person.