I put together a system about 20 months ago (described here http://www.hd-plex.com/forum/showthread.php?t=105
). My system has a Zotac H67 ITX mobo and an Intel i3-2100 CPU in a fanless HD-Plex H3 case.
A little while ago I noticed that my system seemed dead - I see no video whatsoever not even the BIOS stuff when booting. Upon further investigation the mobo is getting power as two green LEDs in the corner of the mobo come on and the status lights flash on the LAN RJ-45 port.
I tried taking the battery out and pushing the CMOS clear button, I also moved the CMOS jumper. I tried both the HDMI and DVI video ports.
I can't remember if I set a static IP or I am using DHCP but I don't think I see this PC on my LAN. In Windows Explorer under Network I don't see the PC listed and in the LAN inventory on my router I don't seem to see this PC.
Anyone have any advice on what to do. There are two green LEDs on the mobo and they are both lit when the system is powered on. The blue LED that is part of the case/IR system comes on when the system is powered on.
I have tried using a different power supply and I have also tried both the DVI and HDMI video outputs. I can't really use a separate video card since the heatpipes block the PCIe slot on the mobo unless I was to just do that temporarily. But then that makes the mobo somewhat useless to me.
Anyone have any other ideas on how to troubleshoot? Am I stuck with buying a CPU or a mobo and seeing if that solves the problem? Any ideas? Do computer shops let you return a CPU or mobo?
So am I better off building another system and just replace whatever the one bad component happens to be and end up with two systems for the price of one new system plus the approximately $100 that it will cost to replace the bad CPU or mobo, whichever one it happens to be?
For a replacement CPU any comments on a G2130? According to this
thread the G2130 seems roughly comparable to my original i3-2100 and it is only about CAD$92.
Also any suggestions on using a temporary heatsink while testing? Is there any way to fashion a quick and dirty HS rather than connecting the whole block and pipes of my H# case?