New hardware not working blues
jcoates at archive.org
Sat Feb 12 09:00:34 MST 2005
i've had similar nightmare problems with pieced-together boxes. i'm going
to guess that your CPU is a high-end P4 w/ that extra 1.5V power (IIRC)
attachment thingy? power supplies are notoriously awful pieces of hardware
that easily fail and often don't actually produce the power they are labeled
i tried several different power supplies (generic, 'name-brand', 300W, 600W
etc) and found one that worked.
but, maybe that's not your problem - i'm just making a guess. this is why
you pay a little bit extra to get a factory made box, because they make sure
all the components work together.
this is why i am not an electrical engineer - hardware is non-deterministic.
From: plug-bounces at plug.org [mailto:plug-bounces at plug.org]On Behalf Of
Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2005 2:36 AM
To: Provo Linux Users Group Mailing List
Subject: New hardware not working blues
I had big plans to redo my home network this weekend.
After I put a new box together from the parts I purchased today, I
discovered a problem.
I get a post on the new box and I'm able to get to the BIOS and make the
changes I'd like. I can even get a few seconds into a Linux installer,
but then the PC just powers off - instantly. This happens without fail
within 3 - 4 mins of turning on the system.
The PC will not boot back-up right away. If I let it sit for about 2-3
min. and toggle the switch on the back of the power supply to off, then
in a few seconds I'll hear a very faint noise like "pssss". I can't
really tell where the sound is coming from. After it makes that noise,
I flip the switch on the back and it will power up for a few more
minutes before doing the same thing again.
Nothing looks out of place, the heat sink on the CPU feels cool, and I
don't smell any smoke. I removed all of the cards and drives so that I
could eliminate them. It still does it with just the motherboard, CPU,
memory and whatever else is needed to power-up.
It's 2:30 am, I'm sleepy, and I feel like I'm rambling. Please lend
your wisdom and save my weekend.
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