What connections will let you know if it is the motherboard or the fan or even the power button?

Question

We are building a computer. I would like to know if the power supplies fan will work if it is plugged into to motherboard and the front on button. We are trying to find out why the power supply doesnt work. It wont even make any sound. We are thinking the problem is with the motherboard. What connections will let you know if it is the motherboard or the fan or even the power button.

Thanks so much!!

Answer

This question was answered on March 6, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Every system board has one or a pair of connections to provide electrical power from the power supply to the system board and to other components that receive their power ports and expansion slots coming off the system board Electricity travels over the system board on the buses, each bus has wires, or lines designated to carry voltage This explanation should describe the power connection to the motherboard Try the power supply on another board and check the results.

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Posted by Eugene of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 6, 2003