Trying to fix a PC.... should I just give up?
Posted on 2009-04-07
I have some elderly neighbors that I'm trying to help out. They had a PC die on them.
It was put together by a local clone shop. It had an Asus A7N8X-X and an Athlon XP 2700+.
The thing just would not power up. I tried it with a known good power supply and it still would not power up (the LED on the board would light up when power was connected). I figured it was the motherboard so I got a A7N8X-LA off of ebay. It's the same motherboard except smaller (same chipset and the like). I plug the new board into the known good power supply and get no activity. At this point, I figured that it was a bad CPU. I borrowed a XP 2800+ from a friend with no positive results. I tried the power switch jumper on all the control panel pins just in case, but still no love. I thought there might be something wrong with the power switch, so I salvaged one out of another case with the same results.
So basically, I have a new board, a working power supply, and a different CPU and can not get so much as a spinning fan. I'm about ready to give up. Anyone have any ideas before I tell them to bag it?