I've had this old remnant box of PC components I've put together as a sort of budget media player, backup of my NAS, I've even used it as an office PC for home schooling from time to time:) When my NAS was having issues it was also a good backup Plex server. I've been using it for a good few years with this configuration. Any spare components I get my hands on I end up chucking in this and upgrading it but it's pretty much a budget box (apart from NAS HDD)
It started playing up recently and not booting into Windows. I would have to restart a few times. I've also had massive problems with the GPU and the cooling fan that got very noisy (a Radeon HD6750 - very old and power-hungry). Had to limit fan rpm to keep it quiet after cleaning it. I don't game on it but I needed HDMI to connect to the TV I had in that room. The mobo has onboard graphics as well but no HDMI.
Here's the list of components:
CPU Intel Core i3-2120 3.3 GHz Dual-Core Processor
MOBO Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 mATX LGA1155 Motherboard
RAM Kingston (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 CL9 Memory
HDD Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
HDD 2x 4TB WD RED WD40EFRX
* GPU old - PowerColor Radeon HD 6750 1 GB Video Card (still works but noisy and power hungry)
* GPU new - replacement MSI GeForce GT 710 1 GB Video Card (slow but silent due to passive cooling and use very little power)
I'd prefer to keep the passive cooled new GPU (was an Amazon AU purchase so I could return that within 30 days quite easily)
CASE Zalman A1 mATX Case
PSU Zalman 400W ATX Power Supply
So a couple of days ago it wasn't booting and I realised the battery on the mobo was a little flat (just under 3V so I replaced it). Still not booting and stuck on bios logo.
New video card arrived so I tried that. Still stuck on bios logo.
I've tried clearing CMOS with jumper, removing the battery and disconnecting power for a few hours and again stuck on bios logo.
The keyboard is PS2 and I can tell it's working because I can restart with control+alt+del and I can see the lights coming on for caps lock and off if I press it. But it seems to freeze on DEL, END, F12, F9 (any of the options to get to Bios or Boot screen or system info). It can restart so not really freeze but just not accepting anything to proceed to BIOS.
Is my mobo finally dead? Any chance of bringing it back somehow? The only option I've not tried is using onboard graphics and no separate video card at all (but I would need a VGA cable which I no longer have). I'd have to borrow a monitor with VGA too.
I've disconnected all SATA devices, tried a single HDD, tried with 1 RAM slot, reversed RAM, reseated GPU, tried OLD as well as the new GPU. Maybe the actual Graphics slot is partially dead but I do get to see the Gigabyte bios logo (just cant get to BIOS).
I've also tried another keyboard (a USB one I had). Still the same problem. It gets detected because it also responds to Control+Alt+Del restart command but it doesn't seem to register when I try F12 for Bios or DEL or END or F9. I press those buttons in quick succession or hold them down. It doesn't make a difference.
So what's likely to be dead? Should I remove CPU as well?
Seems very hard to get another mATX mobo for this compatible with CPU and RAM etc so I'm contemplating an upgrade of mobo/CPU/RAM perhaps something with onboard graphics as I'm sure there's something quicker than the Geforce 710 that's passively cooled. I also dont want to have to wait for ages. I've ordered some stuff on ebay from China recently a few weeks ago (not computer-related) and it looks like it will get there in another 3-4 weeks :(
Any ideas? What would you do? I need it to be quiet and cheap. I direct play Plex media from NAS to Chromecast and this machine is only on if there's transcoding needed or I am updating the NAS backup.