I got a PC with DQ45CB mainboard.
When plugged into mains power, the front panel power LED flashes approximately once per second.
It will not boot when the power button is pressed: no beeps, no fans, no drive lights.
I have looked into the documentation for this mainboard, and see nothing about flashing LED.
The green standby LED on the board is lit up. I have plugged the power supply into an ATX tester, and it has all the voltages except legacy -5 V.
I checked all the connections on the board, nothing is loose, and front panel wiring is on correct pins.
I removed the RTC backup battery overnight to clear BIOS. Tried again next day - still the same.
Hi Michael Seman,
I recommend you clearing the CMOS on your board by disconnecting all components and taking the battery out for about 20-30 minutes. If possible, do this process having the motherboard outside of the chassis.
Another good step I can recommend you is to test another monitor, power supply and cables in this way we can discard possible problems with other components.
I have disconnected everything except the power LED (even CPU fan). It still blinked.
The monitor is irrelevant, as it was not powering up, just stuck in standby state.
I also tried another power supply. I read somewhere else that this board should have an ATX 2.2 power supply, so I used a new power supply that complied. Finally put the board in another case, but no help.
When I removed it, I also checked to see if there might be any loose screws or such that might short out PCB tracks, but only a lot of dust.
So I concluded that the mainboard was defective. I removed the CPU and put it in another board, and the CPU is working.