I have a Soyo KT-400 Ultra Platinum Plus (Silver colored board) that is broken - boots to CMOS (also will enter and allow changes to CMOS) but will give "Hardware error, please see manufacturer" error and that's it. Never even get's to "No boot device found".
Anyway I'm teaching an advanced computer class and I WANT TO BREAK IT!!! Permenantly - I don't even care if I blow the Power Supply in doing this deviouse deed. (I SWEAR I'm not nuts!)
What I want to end up with is a machine that, when powered up, does nothing. No beeps, no video display (or garbage on screen would be fine). Seriously broken!
It would be cool if the green power LED mounted on the mobo would still come on so they become even more confused (I have'nt taught power yet so I don't want them to just ahead to that as a possible cause if possible)...but I don't want to see CMOS setup screen or anything (extent of damage really doesn't matter). This is obviously for diagnosis.
A friend suggested shorting pins 2 or 3 to ground for a few seconds (with CPU, RAM and VID removed of course). He said NOT pin one or any corner pins, nor any "center pins (of the four sides, don't short the middle pin). I mean the pins on the chip that is (the only) removable - maybe one inch square - BIOS right? Although it does NOT say Phoenix or Award or whatever and I forget what it DOES say. But knowing that the BIOS chip is replacable by the comsumer (can be ordered from Soyo and obviously no soldering involved) that must be it, right?
Any suggestions? A better way? Of course the more deviouse the better!!! hehehehe