New hardware not working blues

Josh Coates jcoates at
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
to produce.

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.

Josh Coates

-----Original Message-----
From: plug-bounces at [mailto:plug-bounces at]On Behalf Of
Gabriel Gunderson
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.

Good Night,

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