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My Computer Won't Turn On!  
User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2320 times:

Hey all,
I need some computer help. Last week I was in France so before I left I shut off the computers. I shut them both down properly by going to the start menu and going through the shut down process. On my second computer it said "It Is Now Safe To Shut Down Your Computer" so I flipped the switch on the surge protector and the computer shut off. No zapping noises or anything unusual. When I came back from France, I turned the surge protector on and hit the power button on my computer. I got nothing. It didn't zap, no lights...nada. I tried plugging it into the wall instead of the surge protector and it made no difference. What could have happened? Could it have gotten zapped somehow while I was gone?? It wouldn't be through the phone line because it runs on Cable Modem.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
American_4275

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User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

Did you through the x-ray your laptop? It will damage your hard drive if your laptop through the x-ray. Sorry! I thought you know about that all computers never go thru x-ray. Next time, ask the guard if computer is alright to thru or not to thru.

Big777jet



User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2124 times:

Big777jet,
It wasn't a laptop and I didn't take it with me and it didn't touch the X-Ray.



User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2105 times:

Perhaps it's the Power Supply? I disconnected my old power supply and connected a less powerful one to just the motherboard and harddrive but it still didn't work.  Confused

User currently offlineRadarbeam From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 1310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

Maybe the plug receptacle has a loose connection. Try plugging your radio where you usually plug your computer.

Nico


User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2138 times:

Have you tried hitting it real hard? Something may need to be knocked back into place.




Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.
User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2150 times:

also make sure that the power cord is firm in the back of the computer. Sometimes that works its way loose.  Smile

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days ago) and read 2159 times:

Powercord, main powerswitch, try opening the case and blowing hard.. lol.

Otherwise, find a spare power supply and use that. I had a problem where a powercut in the middle of the night switched my computer off, and I couldn't get it to switch back on. Eventually a tried a different power supply and found that it worked.

Odd huh.

I also had a monitor that broke because of a power cut, god I hate powercuts!!!


User currently offlineRadarbeam From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 1310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2027 times:

Also check the fuse in the surge protector.

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8189 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

Did the circuit breaker go?


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User currently offlineAMRAAM From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2002 times:

Voltage in France runs at 220V. I assume you're in the US....switch it back to 110V. Check all the stupid things first, cables, PSU connection to mobo, etc.

User currently offline9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

Are you serious that laptops could not go through X-Rays???? So what about at the airport ones?

Best Regards


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6278 posts, RR: 34
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

You switched out the power supply? Gee I'd just assume a tripped breaker. As Radarbeam said, plug something else into the receptacle. Of course if the surge protector lit up you know you've got power. Did it?

PS: A loose connection in the receptacle is not likely.



Quit calling an airport ramp "Tarmac" and a taxiway "runway".
User currently offlineVictech From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 546 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

Laptops can go through x-rays, on my recent trip out of MCO, they made me put it though the usual Rapiscan as well as an Examinder 3DX-6000 (a 3D CT scanner) and my ThinkPad 770X sustained no damage...

User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1985 times:

The power is fine. The monitor gets power through the same strip. The light on the switch turns on. It's fine. I don't know what else to do. I wanted to try a spare power supply (145 w) to just power the MOBO and the hard drive but the machine did not start up. Is there any other essential piece of hardware that I need to give power to? As far as I know, the CPU gets it's power through the MOBO. What other possibilities are there?




User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

1. Get a new computer
2. Get a new computer *without* Windows 98.  Smile


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6278 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Did you plug the CPU into another outlet on the Surge protector or directly into the wall outlet? You may also want to try a different power cord to the CPU.

Good luck.



Quit calling an airport ramp "Tarmac" and a taxiway "runway".
User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4076 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

Ok......if your computer doesn't turn on....HOW ARE YOU POSTING THIS!?!!?!??!!?!?!?!? lol


Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

I figure it out that he might use computer at work to post it. I'm using computer at home and work look at Airliners.net all the time.

Big777jet

PS- American4275, I'm sorry to hear about your computer down! Hope it works thing out soon.