futureuapilot
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Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 4:22 am

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!


The computer is an eMachine T2862, Thanks!!!

-Sam
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JamieD
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 4:25 am

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.  Smile

[Edited 2005-02-26 20:26:34]
 
futureuapilot
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 4:30 am

That's what I thought it was, but the light is still blinking... if it was surged out, that light wouldn't be blinking, would it?

-Sam
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JamieD
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 4:36 am

Well I guess it could be possbile that a tiny amount of power, just enough to make the light blink, is getting through. Don't quote me on that, though, I'm no electrician.  Laugh out loud

[Edited 2005-02-26 20:37:15]
 
futureuapilot
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 4:42 am

Ok, yeah, that could be, the Power Supply fan is working too, but there is a buzzing sound of electricity...that ZzZZzZzzZZzzZzZ (best way i can explain it.  Laugh out loud.) Doesn't sound good....

-Sam
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JamieD
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 4:52 am

Well as I said get it down to a computer repair place, or, even better, a friend who knows a lot about computers, and get them to have a look at it.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
Newark777
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 4:56 am

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.

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nwajetset
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:04 am

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?
 
futureuapilot
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:11 am

There are no lights on the back of the case, do you mean take the case off and look at the actual hard drive? I know of the lights you mean, but this is a junky eMachine were talking about.  Big grin

It's a eMachine 80 gig hard drive with a 2.60 GHz processor. Model T2682 w/ XP.

-Sam
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futureuapilot
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:16 am

I just opened up the case, the processor fan isn't spinnin at all, and the power supply fan is going but not at normal speed. No lights on the back of the hard drive or the tower.  Sad

-Sam
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jfkaua
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 7:11 am

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
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 7:13 am

Possibly

PSU unhappy
dead motherboard
dead memory
BIOS failure
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.
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jfkaua
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 8:16 am

Quoting Oly720man (reply 11):


PSU unhappy
dead motherboard
dead memory
BIOS failure
HDD boot sector failure


Wouldn't all these be elminated because the CD rom tray is not evening opening, which would open even if the motherboard was dead, the memory had gone bad, or any software issues.
 
dan2002
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 8:44 am

This isnt a professional job here, all it sounds like is the power supply. Go to BestBuy or Staples and get yourself a new 300-400Watt power supply. Should sort you out pretty good.

-Dan
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jfkaua
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 8:58 am

yep and if your bestbuy has a geeksquad counter thell look at it for free...
 
futureuapilot
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RE: Computer Won't Boot Up (again)

Sun Feb 27, 2005 12:40 pm

I was thinking about replacing the power supply on my own, but i'll let the geeksquad have some fun.  Smile

-Sam
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