Will PC still power on if the motherboard doesn't work?

TTD187

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I've had an issue with my PC for a while not turning on (as in no boot whatsoever) and was speaking to someone today about it who explained that if it were the motherboard to have died, there PC would still get through a stage in booting up.

Is this true? Or would the PC still do nothing when turning on the power if the motherboard had for example died from a static shock?
 

USAFRet

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No.
 

USAFRet

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No.
 

slamm

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Motherboard controls all. If it does not cut on nothing will.
With some of the older "Softpower on" boards you could cut off the power supply switch, cut it back on after 10 seconds. Then the motherboard would wake up.
I've seen computers a bad video card and someone would THINK it was the motherboard. But that would make the BIOS start sending audio beeps from the Motherboard speaker. Some newer boards no long have one of these built in.
Could be your power supply. If this is a "off the self " PC the power supply is always the weakest component.
 
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