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Re: [opensuse] Old desktop that won't boot with cards in it
-----Original Message-----
From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: opensuse@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [opensuse] Old desktop that won't boot with cards in it
Date: Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:08:53 -0400

On 2013-07-08 18:50 (GMT-0500) Jeffrey L. Taylor composed:

I have an approximately 12 year old Desktop from Pogo Linux. It has an Abit
N7 mother board with an AMD Athlon CPU, an AGP graphics card, and PCI slots
for peripheral cards. It has sat in storage long enough that the CMOS battery
went dead. It will boot only with no PCI cards installed. I've tried each,
two different models of Ethernet interfaces and a Creative sound card. If any
are plugged in, it will not even show the BIOS splash screen.

Does this ring any bells with anyone?

Quite common among old puters. You should try cleaning out any dust or dead
roaches or spiders both where you can and cannot see, reseating RAM, only a
single RAM stick at a time, new battery, clear CMOS according to manual, and
if none of it works, another power supply. Sounds like power supply has gone
out of spec. Before wasting any time on anything else, check for bad caps in
PS and on motherboard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague
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-----Original Message-----
Well, if the system boots _without_ the cards, you can not blame the
spiders or other relatives ;-)

Did the mobo previously work with those plug-in boards?
If so, do these boards work properly in another machine?
If not, perhaps the PSU can not cope: try plugging only the ethernet
board, and secondly only the sound card.

If either of these cards are working elsewhere OK, bot not on this mobo,
try to lessen the burden on the psu, by removing all mem, floppie, cd,
hard disk.
Might no seem useful in real life, but at least you should get the BIOS.
If so, with either/both cards, blame & replace PSU
If not, well, you *might* start looking for a new mobo.....
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