FutureUApilot From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 4 Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1586 times:
Hey, for some reason Tech Support won't help me, so i'll throw this out to all of you computer people. This is the origional email I sent to Tech Support:
I'm borrowing a computer from a friend who is having troubles booting up the computer. She unplugged it and plugged it in when it wouldn't let her do anything, not even turn it off by pushing the botton on the front. When we plug it in now there is a yellow light in the front that blinks, but it won't start up, the monitor won't show a picture even though it's on and there is a little sound like electricity in the Power Supply but it doesn't start up. We've tried pushing in the front power button, holding it, but nothing works. The CD-ROM won't open so we can't put in a boot disk or anything. Any help is appreciated, thank you very much!
JamieD From UK - England, joined Apr 2002, 613 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1577 times:
It sounds to me like some kind of power surge to me. Try taking it to a computer repair shop and they should sort it out. Of course, if the warantee hasn't run out on it yet, get the manufacturer to repair it.
Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1552 times:
This sounds like a professional job to me. When a power surge blew my VCR out, the lights stayed on in the front, but it didn't work and smelled like smoke, so it is possible that there was a surge and the light stayed on. Hopefully the repairman will be able to salvage it.
Nwajetset From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 139 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1548 times:
What kind of computer is it? Look in the back of the hard drive for a sequence of four or five little green lights. Could be labeled A,B,C,D or 1,2,3,4,etc. All lights should be green. What do you see?
Jfkaua From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1000 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1529 times:
switch the power supply and see what happens. Its sounds like the voltage in the power supply is sagging direly... If you have a voltometer or multimeter measure the voltage from one of the powere connectors
Oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6981 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1528 times:
HDD boot sector failure
If there are none of the usual clangs and bangs in the startup then it's likely that the PSU has died, or at least one of the transformers in it has gone so you may be getting some voltages, but not others.
If you know someone with another computer or can get hold of another PSU, try that.
Simplest, though probably not cheapest is have a tech person look at it. At least they'll have all the bits to try.