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OK, this isn't exactly a Linux problem, but it's a problem with my computer running Linux. All of the sudden, when I hit the on button, the lights flash but ...
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    computer doesn't turn on


    OK, this isn't exactly a Linux problem, but it's a problem with my computer running Linux. All of the sudden, when I hit the on button, the lights flash but the computer won't turn on. I opened it up and found that the fans will also spin for a split second and an LED labeled "RAM LED" will turn on, so I tried re-seating the RAM but it didn't help. I'm stumped on this one and was wondering if anyone has had similar problems.

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    id be looking to get a manual for the motherboard to find out what the lit ram led means.

    id also be trying taking a ram stick out to to see if the machine runs with one stick and not the other (and vice versa of course).

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    Do you get more than one short beep.
    What kind of BIOS do you have, different BIOS's have different beep codes.
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    I don't get any beep codes. The lights flash once and that's it.

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    My bet would be that your mobo is quite dead... The same happened to me once. If you can, try using other components to narrow down the possible causes.
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    Try swapping in a different keyboard...

    ...not kidding

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    The LED light when on means "Danger Will Robinson! Power is applied to the memory module,do not remove!". Sounds like the power supply is going, going, gone.
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    I'm serious about trying a different keyboard....


    I just did my first PC 'build' and when I powered it the first time, the reaction was exactly as you described...all the fans would do a quarter turn and stop. The power LED on the main board would stay on, but nothing else would happen. Needless to say I assumed I had done a f**up on the processor or main board. After some hair pulling, sweating and cussing, I learned that it was the $14 keyboard. It's one of the very first things tested during post, and it can be a show stopper. Just unplugging it will tell you if that's it.

    Let us know, I'm curious what you find

    Good Luck!

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    Here's my plan of action: tonight when I get home from work, I'll try a different/no keybaord. If that doesn't work, tomorrow i'll slam a new (borrowed) power supply in there. If that works, I'll order a new power supply. If that doesn't work, I'll start doing tests on the motherboard. If it turn's out the motherboard's did (it better not be), I'll have a few choice words for Gigabyte cause it's not even two years old and it wasn't cheap.
    Anyway, I'll post when I figure out the problem.

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