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winterloggan

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  1. Just an update, I removed my graphics card and tried using my RAM stick individually, still not luck.
  2. Thank you for the suggestion, I tried it, but nope! Still very much dead
  3. I built my own desktop about 3 years ago. It has worked pretty much flawlessly since then. However, the other day I went to turn it on and nothing happened (and I do mean nothing). Not a single light came on on the outside of the case or on the motherboard. No fans spun up, and no outputs worked. I tried looking online, and most outlets pointed at the PSU as the most likely source of the problem. I removed my PSU and did the test where you jump the power on switch, and it worked. The fan came on, and using my digital multimeter I check that all of the pins were outputting power. I also read that the CMOS battery can sometimes go bad in a computer this old, so I replaced it. Still unresponsive. As far as I can tell, all of these signs point to something being very, very wrong. Because of all of the COVID crap going on, buying half a computer's worth of parts just to diagnose the problem doesn't make financial sense right now. I also cannot exchange extra parts with my friend nearby for the same reason, and I also don't want to damage any of his parts. Are there any other ways I can test my machine before I write off the motherboard and CPU as a total loss? I have nothing but time these days, so if it is a matter of trying something, I might as well. And yes, everything was plugged in, no fuses were blown, and the power supply switch was on. I left the computer exactly as I normally would when I shut it down for the last time. I didn't move it around or do anything that would unseat something like the RAM. Just some more context: The only thing that was strange was that the night before, I plugged in a flash drive into one of the front USB slots on the case (there are two of them) and both slots suddenly stopped working; my headphones were being used in the other one. I plugged the same flash drive and headphones into another computer and they worked fine. Perhaps that has something to do with it, but I'm not sure. I continued to use my computer for about an hour after that, and turned it off and on a few times to try and fix the problem, before finally shutting it down for the night. Also, there was not major/obvious catastrophic failure, such as blue smoke or a burning smell. Every thing looked fine visually as well. Not sure these are entirely relevant, but here are the specs: -CPU: Intel 6600K (NOT overclocked) -MB: MSI B250... mortar? I think -GFX: Sapphire Radeon RX 480 -PSU: Corsair CX 550M -RAM: 2x8GB Kingston Fury
  4. I've been trying to learn more about overclocking, and from what I can tell it is programmed using the BIOS. I recently saw a youtube video discussing the "Turbo" button found on older computers, which could switch the speed of a CPU with the press of a physical button. Can you do something like this with modern CPUs? My thought is a number of physical switches on the outside of the computer. You would switch between the speeds like gears on a car, depending on the conditions. So you could switch to your first clock speed for saving power/ low heat output, or go up to your fourth clock speed for extreme gaming/power. Of course you could also switch between all of the other speeds in between. I know that for the old computers, that functionality was included in the hardware itself. Could you switch the speeds of the modern computer using a software that alters the clock speed? Or maybe simulates it, where the program can slow your speed down artificially, giving the impression that the clock speed is slower but still effectively lowering energy consumption? I've been curious about this topic for a long time, and created this LTT forum account just for this. I'm excited to hear some feedback!
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