I have an older P4 with an Intel MB.
Facts: P4 1.4 423 pin GB850GBC, 300 watt ps
I don’t know what else really pertains. I built it myself and it has always run fine. It uses RAMBUS (please no flames).
Anyway, I moved and I stored it at my mothers house on the floor for about 2 months. It ran fine when I left it there. But when I finally went and picked it up, I plugged it in and turned it on. Nothing. No lights, no beeps. Nothing. I opened it and and the MB has a light on it which lights up (i thought that indicated that power was getting to the mb). But it will not boot at all.
So I says to myself “power supply is hosed”. Although I questioned why the the light on the board worked. I even pulled the power supply and it smelled like a fried electrical unit. You know the smell. Though not quite as acrid. More like, well like a power supply that has been used for awhile.
I checked all the connections. Several times. I even rebuilt it (or took apart and reconnected) EVERYTHING. I’ve tested all the compnoents in other pc’s and they work fine. Hard drives, floppy, agp, nic…all cards. They all work.
So I thinks to myself “maybe the power switch is toast”. Well to myself I say “Big effing HA!” I throw another board in there and that works too. I didn’t put it all together but at least I know the switch works. (after I bought a new atx case and it still didn’t work. duh. :smack: )
I can get the same board for about $50 on pricewatch. But still, I’m perplexed. What the hell happened to it? As far as I know it just sat there. My mother wouldn’t know a computer from a toaster, so there is no chance anyone else used it. None at all.
What would cause a board to fail from just sitting there in a power off condition for 2 months? Could I use an altimeter (sp) to test components on it? Realize, i don’t know how to do that, but I could figure it out if I had the right guidance.
Fact2: I did not leave it on all the time. I often powered it down for days at a time when I wasn’t using it. I’m out of town a lot and while I trust my zonealarm, with a cable modem, I still don’t take chances. Any ideas?