After much bidding on E Bay to get an Asus A8N32 Deluxe-SLI and 10 days of waiting for USPS delivery service that's suppose to happen in 2-5 days (Hah) I finally got my motherboard this past Saturday afternoon.
I began installing it into the case and (trying) to route the cable managery.
Got it all finished, put in the proccy (Opteron 165) and then tried to fire it up for the first time.
At first it would start up and then shut down imediately. A couple more tries, same thing.
Then I let it sit for a while and tried again, this time a long and constant beep with no breaks. This went on for the next 5-6 times.
Checked all my connections, made sure everything was connected properly and then figured it must be something with the processor. Pulled the processor and found 2 very small lines of thermal grease had gottne onto the socket (arrrggg). Cleaned it up as best as possible and then re-installed the processor and fan assembly. One thing I've noticed with AMD type mobo's is the fan clamp does not always come off or go on as easily as it's suppose to. Hence I loosened the screw to the plastic fan reciever assembly on the mobo.
Bad news, I also forgot to tighten it back down.
I pushed the power button, it started up without the beep sound and then about 3-4 seconds later a "pop" sound and then a small puff of smoke. Frig I thought to myself and rightly so. I think I blew the processor and at least a part of the mobo. I can't really tell though. I tried the processor in another computer and it (the computer) comes on but nothing on the monitor at all. I'm assuming that pop and puff smoke came from the processor but there's no visible signs of damage at all. The Asus mobo, the connection for the CPU fan doesn't work nor do any of the other fan jumper type pins. I tried (in desperation) to connect the CPU fan to any of the other fan pins and nothing . But I do still get power to the motherboard according to the green LED surface light on the board.
My 2 months of bidding on 12 different boards resulted in a blown mobo and spent proccy as far as I can tell . Admittedly I was almost in tears after having gone through so much including a record setting time drive down to the post office for them to tell me the USPS tracking number is actually only a delivery confirmation number but it's tracked using that number according to their website. Of course the next day it was delivered which tells me it was at the post office.
Anyhow it looks like I'm going to have to get another Asus A8N32 Deluxe-SLI mobo as well as another processor.
I'm hoping the GPU wasn't blown in the process.
Then of course 2 other computers had issues and luckily I got my old standby back up and running. So, how was everyone elses weekend?