I think it really hates me.....I built this rig about 2 years ago and it's been working very well until recently.
The Lian Li case I have doesn't have a restart button, so anytime it locks up, I've had to yank the power plug, wait, reattach and restart. Holding down the power button on the front of the case does nothing.
It locked up the other day, so I did what I've always done....pull the plug, wait, reattach and power up. Only this time, nothing happened. No noise, no lights, no nothing.
Suspected my power supply, so I removed it and took it to Best Buy/Geek Squad (I know.....I know.....) and they hooked it up to a (broken in half) power meter and said "it's bad....you need a new power supply".
Before replacing it, I took it back home, consulted the Tech Support guys at PC Power and Cooling. They recommended that I hook up 2 hard drives and use a wire to "jumper" the black and green wires on the main 24 pin mobo connector, per the PC Power and Cooling tech support page. Power supply came on, fan worked, both hard drives started to spin, so I guess it's not the power supply after all.
Plugged the mobo connectors back in, added a single video card, CPU and cooler, 2 sticks of RAM, both hard drives and powered up the power supply. All the fans work, the hard drives spin, the power supply is blowing air and making noise, the Onboard Mobo LED is lit up, but nothing else happens. No video card activity, won't boot, nothing.......
I'm now suspecting either a bad mobo or bad CPU or both. Really not sure how to check/eliminate either one as the culprit or if it sounds like something else that I haven't considered. I'm pretty much stumped at this point!
My system is as follows:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800
ASUS A8N32-SLI DELUXE MOTHERBOARD
PC POWER AND COOLING 510 SLI POWER SUPPLY
2GB CORSAIR 3500LL-PRO DDR RAM (2 STICKS OF 1GB)
2 NVIDIA 7800 VIDEO CARDS IN SLI
2 74GB RAPTORS IN RAID 0 ARRAY
1 400 GB WESTERN DIGITAL DATA DRIVE
PLEXTOR 716 SATA DVD-RECORDER
ASUS DVD PLAYER
WINDOWS XP PRO WITH SP2
Any ideas on what this sounds like or where to go next? I'm really kind of stuck at this point......
Thanks for any and all help.