"Athlon 2600 cpu" = Instant CPU death if the heatsink lifts off for just one second.
"BAD CAPS" = google that. The machine is in the right age and time.
I have a Dead PC Mystery I'd like some help with. This is lengthy, but I'm trying to gve all the info I have. Let me add that I have tried the "Dead PC" troubleshooting guide. This is on a Socket A PC with Athlon 2600 cpu, 184 pin ram 500 mb, onboard audio and video, DVD ROM, and CDRW.
My brother's PC died. Geeksquad reported that it was a bad motherboard. He asked me to recover some data from his HD, which I did. Since I had some leftover parts, I tried to get the PC going again, That's when the mystery began.
I replaced the original dead mobo with another good Socket A mobo (FIC AM39L). I also replaced the cpu fan with a new one I had. I installed an old HD I use for testing (Xandros installed) and started the PC, booting from the3 DVD into Ubuntu. On startup, I went into the bios setup. Everything looked OK. I continued to boot from the DVD into Ubuntu Live. Ubuntu loaded OK and I was able to use the internet. I exited Ubuntu and rebooted to the HD. I got to the Xandros start screen, then the system hungup. I had toi power off the PC. When I tried to restart it, the monitor quickly went into standby and nothing else happened. I had to power off again. When I tried to restart, I could not get into the bios. Then I noticed that the P/S fan was not running. I powered down immediately. I figured the P/S was bad and that that may have been the root cause all along.
I installed another P/S. When I tried to boot, again from the HD, The monitor immediately went into standby. I immediatly turned off the power. It looked as if the mobo was bad.
I installed another mobo (FIC AM35), checking all connections etc. When I turned on the power, the PC started to boot and got to the Xandros startup screen. I used ctrl-alt-del to reboot so I could go to the bios setup. The monitor immediately went into standby. The CPU fan and the P/S fan would not run. I immediatly turned off the power.
At this point I checked the P/S by jumpering the pins per the "Dead PC" guide. The fan came on indicating the P/S was OK. I pulled all nonessential components and reset the CMOS. Using a meter, I verified that the PC start/reset switch closes correctly. When I tried to boot, the monitor immediately went into standby and nothing else happened. The P/S fan will not run if the mobo is connected.
As a last check, I successfully booted another PC using the monitor and keyboard.
I'm curious what's been happening. Can a bad P/S normally kill a mobo? Can a bad mobo normally kill a P/S? Any suggestions as to what may be going on will be appreciated.