Shuttle XPC won't boot!
Posted on 2006-12-01
I've got a new Shuttle Barebones system that just won't boot! I've built loads of PCs in the past but this is the first time I've attempted a barebone/small form factor machine.
Spec as follows :
Shuttle SK21G XPC
AMD Sempron 3000+ (Socket 754)
1GB Crucial Memory (2 x 512MB Matched Pair)
160GB Maxtor SATA HDD
When I power it on I get the "Shuttle XPC" splash screen but it goes no further. If I hit "Del" I get the "Entering Setup.." message at the bottom of the screen but nothing more happens. Sometimes I don't get the splash screen at all it just remains black, but still responds to a "Del" key press. The sytstem hasn't completely frozen as I can Ctrl-Alt-Del to make it reboot. But no amount of resetting has made any difference.
Should I be seeing results of POST or anything?
So far I have...
- tried removing all non-essential components, down to one stick of memory etc but no change.
- tried resetting the CMOS following the procedure described by Shuttle -> still no change
- removed the cooling unit and re-seated CPU, applying new layer of thermal grease -> nothing!
Tearing my hair out with it! From what I've seen on the net the most likely cause is a CPU problem. I haven't got another one I could swap it for at the moment but I'm pretty sure I've got it installed right and it is listed in the compatability list provided on the Shuttle website. So unless it is faulty....!
Anyone got any other ideas? apart from trying a different CPU? Anyone had Sempron 3000+ working in this model?