You guys are my favourite source of info on the net, so I wanted to ask you if you have any idea what happened to this PC:
I built a system for my Dad from my spares and some newegg stuff. Here are the deets:
ASUS P5N-E SLI Motherboad [Lastest BIOS rev]
Pentium Core 2 Duo E6600 [No OC]
Sparkle 8800GT Video card
WD 1TB HDD SATA 3GB/s
TDK DVD-RW [IDE-0]
4Gb DDR2 Patroit PSD22G6672/K 1x1Gb + 1x2Gb
RAIDMAX 700+ PSU w/ "fancy red tribal patterning" (forget actual model#)
ViewSonic VX22xxx-LED (again, I forget. it was gone @ the time)
I got it up and running, but Newegg sold me a bunk monitor (white spots) and as you may know, it's a bitch to RMA anything like that. Before I sent it off, I had used UBCD to test everything and partition the HDD for Windows 7 x64.
I also had booted some Linux Mint/Ununtu/Pinguy OS 10.10, and some other non-Debian distros as "Live", CD/DVD or persistent/regular USB installs to muck around, but I did no BIOS or hardware messing other than the UBCD Partitioning & ASUS BIOS update (from BIOS). Here's where it gets WEIRD!
So while I'm waiting for his monitor, I left the system off, but plugged in, w/o video.
Everything worked great last boot...then...
A few days later, I glance over at it and notice EVERY LED LIGHT is FLASHING
on my system!
I'm talking HD light, Power light, DVD LIGHT!!! PS/2 keyboard lights (all three), USB MOUSE LIGHT?!?! All in sequence!!
In all my 15+ years of building/fixing/using PCs of all kinds, I've never seen anything like it! I mean, for God sake, the USB mouse laser light may have even been doing it...
No pattern. Just a continuous flash from every light the damn thing had every 3/4 sec. or so... WTF?
I hit the power button, but nothing happened. I switched the PSU power off and on, then everything goes off... I did the usual stuff you do... BIOS battery removal for several hours with pins set to wipe BIOS settings (unplugged), then retried. This time, when I switched the PSU on, the board light didn't turn on.
And there we are. It's apparently dead as a dog now, and I just wasted 2 hours searching Fry's for a Core 2 Duo/DDR2 (non-f*king Micro-ATX, pls!) board, only to buy a DDR3 by mistake.
So... Anybody have a clue what happened to my PC? Was it channeling a dead person, or did I miss the day of PC 101 class when this subject was taught? Needless to say, I Googled my brains out and checked the ASUS forums carefully, trying to find another instance, or I wouldn't be posting.
Thanks for any insight.