For those souls who have been interested, so helpful, and otherwise following along with my thread about recompiling and optimizing Slackware, located here:
..this is a temporary detour from the last page of that thread; here I'll keep you posted while I continue to troubleshoot my half-dead computer..
I replaced the power supply and the memory today, to no avail. As mentioned previously, the video card works fine in the other machine here.
Currently everything in the machine is disconnected except the CPU, and I've had that out too.
Since the machine 'died' I have turned it on let's say 100 times, trying to get it to power up properly:
- I got to the BIOS, configured it, and when I saved and rebooted it was dead again.
- I got the thing to turn on without the video card and beep 8 times telling me there is no video card; when I put the card in and rebooted, it was back to dead again.
THE REST of the time
- it powers up (lights/fans/drives) but the diagnostic-bracket (MSI D-Bracket) shows 4 red lights, apparently meaning the CPU is missing or toasted, and if the video card IS installed, the monitor does not turn on/so no POST..
So.. It's weird how it will 'on occasion' seem to POST properly. That kinda wants me to think the CPU isn't gone; however, at the same time, I'm suspecting some piece of the motherboard is baked, if it isn't the CPU. Either way, it looks like I'm in need of a CPU/motherboard, which I won't be picking up any time in the immediate future.
The machine is an MSI-6580 845PE Max V2.0 Intel P4 1.8 GHz w/ nVidia GeForce MX440 AGP8x card, 1x 1GB ram, & lots of cute restless penguins fearing for their habitat.
Any suggestions, ideas, tests to try, from you guys and girls are always appreciated meanwhile, but it looks like I'm stuck on this Winbloze machine for the time being -- BOO HOO!