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Tiger Direct Rebuild
03-07 / 03-15
This repair actually started some time ago this PC is my brothers spare and he could not get it to boot so hence it became an issue that needed to be solved. Not sure if anyone remembers but I used this PC in an earlier review on a light / cable kit so I have old before pictures to compare this PC to now.
First step in this process is determining what parts are physically malfunctioning. First thing to do is attempt to start the PC things to look or listen for are beeps from the motherboard that may indicate a hardware failure also see if the PC posts. Posting is what the BIO’s does every time to verify all hardware is working properly this is done prior to loading the OS. In this situation there was no Post or beeps from the motherboard. What I did next was verify the power source. Using the CaseBuy PSU tester I tested the PSU the 12v was running a little low but well within what I expect should work. Now that I feel the power is OK I need to evaluate the other parts. To do this in general I will take all peripherals and drives out the the PC leave just one stick of known working memory and the CPU attached to the motherboard. This time I even used a better more powerful PSU to make sure the board was getting enough juice. Unfortunately I was still unable to get the board to post heck the CPU fan wont even run for more then a second. This means that either the Motherboard or the CPU is shot or possible both. Seeing the is an older 400 series Intel P4 I discussed the options with my brother and we decided to get a new board and CPU this might not have been the cheapest way but rather then play Russian rue let and try and get a board or CPU and hope it works we will get both and make the PC like new.
A relatively cheep solution we found was on ebay we got a 775 Celeron D 2.4 gig with board for a little over 100 USD plus shipping yada yada. Now it was important to find a solution that he could use all his older hardware to reduce cost on this PC. We went with an ECS board that supported AGP and DDR not the typical DDR2 this allows him to keep his old hardware seeing this is not his main PC this was the best way to go.
Well just a day or so ago the board and CPU came in unfortunately I found out the hard way the PSU is not strong enough to power this board so Back to the web to find a solution. I found a decent deal on a 500w PSU from newegg and it should be here in a day or so. When it comes in I will walk through the disassembly and reassembly of this PC.
Mother Board Installation
775 CPU installation & heat sink
Power Supply and Power Connections
All done now for the software
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