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Fried Motherboard?

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Oct 9, 2001
Cheyenne, WY
Hey guys,
I was recently rounding my IDE cables, and when I went to plug in the power supply it zapped. The computer wouldn't start up so I took out all the cards on the board and it starts up with just the hard drive. I thought that it was the power supply cuz when I would plug in the CDROm it woudn't spool up, neither would the harddrive, So i got a new powers upplu and it still messes up. I dont know where it fried or anything and was wondering if you guys could give me some tips as to where to look. Or do I need a new board? Thx
I know this sounds obvious. Are you using IDE cables that are known to be good and are connected correctly.

Good Luck!
Obvious Indeed! :)

Its not the cables. Here is the prob. When I plug in my sound card, everything runs VERY slow. When I start windows, and it loads settings, it shuts down. I think that when it initializes the card it dies. I really dont know what the hell is wrong with it. And there is a prob when I plug in the CD rom, it doenst detect the HD.
Curious, when you stuck your PSU in, was the coord in and the PSU on? Might have been a problem. I think you may have zapped the motherboard. I just beleive its either with the motherboard, or the PSU, but I'm thinking more motherboard.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to offend you. Sometimes we can't see the forrest for the trees and overlook the simplest things.

The only other thing I could suggest would be to verify the integrity of the components by installing them into another system to insure that they are not the problem.

I'm sorry there's no "quick and easy" answer on this one.

Good Luck!
Hey Frank Don't worry you didn't offend me, I was just playin ;)
But I know that it's the motherboard, cuz I just got a new PSU, and there is no on/off switch on the other PSU. So I'm prolly gonna order a new mobo, but is there anyway to fix this one?
When you plugged in the PSU are you talking about the ATX connector sparking? If thats the case then maybe the motherboard did get damaged and its not worth trying to get it fixed. Look it over and see if anything is burnt or damaged on the board itself. If it's a capacitor or something you might be able to replace it but more than likely you will have to get a new board.

Also if your PSU is still under warranty you can email or call them and tell them your computer equipment was damaged by their PSU. Who knows they might compensate you for you motherboard.