Wow.. I haven't logged in here for years. But it was the second place I'm trying after ASUS support seems oddly tied down.
A few kids, changing jobs, and a very stable PC for the longest time (8 years) have meant i didn't keep up my TR appearances. How is everyone?
So remember that stable PC I had for ages? Well it died a few weeks back. I didn't have time investigate, kids had homework, and sport, and the Christmas happened.
So today I pulled out some old parts to start checking things out.
My rig runs an ASUS M478A Pro holding an Athlon X2 (around 2.2GHz from memory) - no overclocking.
Gigabyte Graphics (upgraded from Radeon 4670 to something else)
Antec case with Antec TruePower 430W
Win 7 Pro
I was pretty sure the PSU was the dead bit as I got no post or anything. I might have had a standby LED on. Can't recall.
I removed the PSU and put it in my old 8RDA+ rig to see what would happen.
Yep, nothing happened, must be dead PSU.
I took my old Antec SmartPower 350W from that rig and tried to fire up my current machine to prove that nothing else was dead and that it would still post and boot and all that.
One showstopper - the old PSU was not ATX24 compatible. it did have the AUX 12V 4p plug but not the 20way plug extension, and no 6way PCIe peripheral power.
But I tried it and the CPU fan spun up, other things fired into life, and it generally sounded like things would go, except the video output wouldn't work. I did not bother to remove the GC and use onboard power and I suspected the lack of full ATX24 support would prevent it getting very far anyway.
nevertheless, I was convinced that the PSU just needed a replacement and all would fire up.
I bought a Gamemax PSU (GM-ECO600) today for A$60 and plugged it in. I was so confident I was wrapping cables into place and tying them up.. but I was mistaken to go this far - applying power to the PSU showed a flashing SB_LED (apparently this indicates South_bridge +5V rail health)
The link below suggests that my Mobo must have a short or some such thing, but I took my spare 350W PSU and tried it again.. yep, solid LED again.https://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?id=20110827162210133&board_id=1&model=P5Q-EM&page=1&SLanguage=en-us
I put the new GAMEMAX PSU in my old rig and it seemed to behave well enough. Maybe i should use that rig to measure the rail voltages?
I called the SB_LED the standby LED earlier, if that clarifies something.
What do you think? I will replace the mobo (and maybe processor) if I can prove that it's dead. I wonder if this cheap PSU is just a dud or running loose specs.
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