Ok, so here's the breakdown. At one point with my ex we built an HTPC for my home.
As of about 6 months, it has been having some issues, such as the computer freezing at random. For awhile I was under the impression my graphics card was dying.
Well, last night my computer was freezing more frequently, right after start-up, so I got the bright idea to reformat my computer because I thought maybe I got a virus at one point and it wouldn't harm anything to do a reformat to determine if that would fix the problem. For some reason I kept getting an error message saying that reformatting was not possible. So I decided to take a look at the inside of the system. I realized that the CPU was completely covered in dust, so I took the fan off and cleaned off the dust with a Q-tip. I put the fan back on, turned the computer back on. It loads the AS Rock screen, but afterward it went completely blank. For sure, there wasn't a problem with the HDMI cable.
A tutorial online said to unplug elements and replug them in, because maybe I accidentally unplugged something in the process. For me, it was a bad idea to do, because when I took some of the pieces out, such as the RAM, when I put it back in I didn't get it in all the way. So when I turned on my computer I started to smell a burnt plastic smell. The PC was only on for a second before I immediately powered it down. When I tried to turn it back on, it now won't even boot up. Did I burn up my motherboard and RAM? The fan has started to sound weird, and now there are times where the computer just won't power on.
However, the computer still won't boot up to the Windows login page once the As Rock motherboard loads. My ex believes it's because I was originally attempting to reformat my computer, so Windows has currently been wiped clean from the computer.
He currently has the computer, so he will be running more tests to determine what's going on. But, hey, at least now the computer will actually turn on haha.
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I agree with @bcromartie At first it sounds like an OS problem. If you have an image to load I'd use that.
If a computer doesn't turn on it's usually due to the PSU or if not, the motherboard. I'm guessing that you've got an unbranded PSU? If so that's a bad idea. You want to get something that's 80+ at least.
It could be multiple problems, remember that a dodgy PSU can damage the hardware
If I was you I would buy a new PSU + Motherboard, salvage the rest of the components, then run a hardware test and re-install the OS
Also you might want to buy a PSU tester. You mentioned you got it 6 months ago? Everything should still be in warranty then. Get those parts tested if you can
@Tdieseler thanks for the mention, when it comes to any question about PCs DooMguy wants to be there
P. S. @ Asker did you use anti-static?1
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