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Bios freezes

As a newbie I would like to say Hi to all forum members.
I have an old Dell Optiplex GX1 P3 system which I use in my garage repair business. Yesterday I moved the box to a new location and my son trying to be helpful reconnected the cables BUT accidently plugged the exterior powered hard drive ( 12v) into the mouse connector on the motherboard.Now the system freezes halfway through the bios checking. I know that the system is old but it is a solid bit of kit and serves my purpose. Do I now have to bite the bullet and buy a new computer or is there a way to overcome the problem. I had thought about telephoning Dell to see if they keep stocks of old motherboards.

Any help would be gratefully received.

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Did the CPU heatsink fall off?

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I read the note about the plug error but gotta ask.

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CPU heatsink

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No the heatsink was OK

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Try it without much of anything.

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When we see those we'll strip the machine of all cards, knock it down to only what's needed. This includes removing all hard disks, cdrom drives since we'll use our Linux on some USB stick for a test boot.

If we can get the machine down to 1 stick of ram and not much else then we can slowly add a part one by one until we find it.

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Try it without much of anything.

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Thanks Bob,
I will give that a go. Thanks for your help


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