Is Aorus Gaming box supposed to power on with just the power cable connected?
I just bought a used Aorus gaming box 1080. I plug in the power cable but nothing happens. No fans spinning or lights. Do I have to boot it connected to a laptop with thunderbolt to get it to start? Or is the unit broken? Thanks.
@howard_heisler, welcome to this community!
Usually Aorus' Gaming Box turns on automatically when a Thunderbolt 3 host is connected to the enclosure and it's connected to a power socket.
If your box won't show any signs of life by just plugging in the power cord (and no Thunderbolt 3 host is connected) - that's completely normal!
If however your box won't come on after plugging in the power cord and a Thunderbolt 3 cable connected to a host, there might be a problem with your unit. If there is, there may be ways to find out if the PCIe board is working or not (by checking if the Thunderbolt controller responds perhaps?) but I wouldn't be the one to ask about this – I'm sure there should be people around here to know though!
All I can really tell about the power management on these enclosures is that the PSU will be in a near total off state if no Thunderbolt 3 host is connected – meaning the 12V lanes for PCIe power (going to the graphics card) won't give any voltage until a Thunderbolt host computer is connected to the Thunderbolt port on the enclosure.
Note: the box should still power on normally/respond to a plugged in laptop (e.g. by charging the computer) if there is no graphics card installed!
Hope any of this is helpful information to you.
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