Been awhile since i've been here, anyway, I have a computer with the following hardware.
Gigabyte GA-ep35-ds3l mobo
Intel p4 chip
8800 GT vid card
4 sticks matched 2 gig corsair ram
aantec truepower 2.0 power supply
2 antec case fans
I didn't build the rig, won it during a LAN comp with my BF42 clan. Used it primarily for gaming, with another rig for my day to day usage. sat for the last couple years. My day-to-day computer (i'm on it now) is one i built/modded and it has a bad fan on the vid card, so i recently started using the gaming rig as my preimary and dropped my hard drive into the gaming rig.
After a couple weeks running, it wouldn't restart. it would fire up, (turning onthe power supply switch makes it boot without pushign the button on the front of the case) all fans would kick on, then it would beep and shut off. there are 4 leds between the ram sticks, bottom two show green, then orange and a red up top.
I figure i've got a fan/overheat protection issue of some sort and began fiddling a little. The 2 system fans are wired a bit strange, they're pulling power (red/black leads) out of adapter blocks on one of the 4 pin power supply plugs, then a white lead is tapped into the fan's 3 pin connector and goes to the 3 pin terminal on the mobo.
One of those white leads seemed iffy, and sure enough moving it a bit caused the system to kick on and off. At one point i got it to refire and stay running most of the afternoon, then it cut out. i checked the terminal tip, sure enough, the lead was broken at the pin. Soldered it, and it didn't fix anything ?????? still starts and turns back off.--now with no beep.
leds are still lit green, green orange, red
I have tested the power supply by swapping it with the Roswill in this computer, no change.
direct ran fans to to the mobo pins, no change
tried different known working fans, no change
reseated ram, vid card and chip, no change
Do i need to reset cmos? And if i do will it wipe any data/programs/setting stored in my hard drive?
thanks for any advice and help, this has me scratching my head.