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Computer woes. Need some help.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mitzs, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. Mitzs
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    About 2 months ago, my puter went POP:eek: The computer acted like it was only half way shut down. So I went to reboot it. Started to reboot and then died. Tried again same thing. After that the led would like for just a flash then nothing. Hang my head and go to bed. Next morning same thing, led flash for a second and the heat sink on the cpu just start to turn then stop. Ok order a psu from newegg. Install this same thing. Send it back because I couldn't get a reading on it all and get the new one. Same thing again expect this time I notice the led light on the mother board is on. OK something is getting power or so I think. I dig the manual out and it says...

    "The motherboard comes with a standyby power LED. The green LED lights up to indicate that the system is on, in sleep mode or in soft off mode. This is a reminder that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable before removing or plugging in any motherboard component. "

    So at this point I am think it was the MB and it is not shutting down all the way. I go to newegg, order me another Asus MB because I like the set up I have alot, but of course they don't sell that one anymore since it a couple years old so I got the closet thing I could to sli board and order the M2N-E board. I start stripping the mb and pull out the video card and by god, 5 of the 7 caspators are blowed open. :ohmy Well now I know what poped. So I order one of those too. Get these and I still have the exact same results, so then I order new cpu and 4 gigs of ram. I have replaced everything now but the case and the hdd and as of tonight it is doing the exact same thing. I just knew when I put my new cpu with the new memory in that would be it. I have no idea what to do now. The dam green light on the board is on. So I don't know if it means it is getting power or if it is messed up!

    Anyone have any ideas or suggestions I would appreciate it. I am really missing Photoshop and am at the end of my rope. Thanks in advanced. Oh and I went back though the book twice to make sure all my wiring is right. :cry::cry:
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    If you are putting in the old hard drive into what is now a new system and you havent wiped that hard drive you will probably get some booting issues although I would expect to see some errors on the screen.

    Is it just the LED flash that is happening?

    What sort of PSU is it?

    CPU type?

    My last two boards have been Asus if the green light on the board is on then it means the board is getting power and is ready to boot.
     
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  3. Stoney

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    HI Mitzs,

    If the power to the PSU is on then you will usually see a power LED on the motherboard to indicate that the board is live. However, depending on the motherboard this could mean something different.

    I would start off by removing all the components and then rebuilding the system bit by bit, each time adding on a different component. See how the system responds and if it points to a particular peice of hardware. Try swapping out pieces of hardware for hardware you know works, eg; a stick of RAM for a known working stick of RAM.

    I fixed a pc recently where the system was completely dead, I suspected it was the motherboard but it turned out to be the Grpahics Card. The motherboard new there was a fault on the GPU and kept the system shut down to prevent further damage to the other components. Once the new Graphics card was in the system worked perfectly.

    HTH 8)
     
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  4. Mitzs
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    It isn't booting, that is the prob. It won't stay on long enough for that. It like power stop flowing or something. I am gonna do what stoney suggested and do it one thing at a time. I used to do this but didn't even think about it this time at all. I guess what they say is true. Don't use it, lose it.
     
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  5. UKDarkstar
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    Have you considered it might be a faulty PSU ?
     
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    Try a multimeter on your wall outlet and PSU this tool will tell you if there are memory issues http://www.memtest86.com/download.html although to me something is either drawing more power away from the other components or there is something which isn't getting enogh power i.e your PSU isn't stable enough to handle your computers needs.
     
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    Ok, started going though stuff one by one and nothing. Hell with this. Pulled out the new psu and put back in the antec that I had brought for the system to begin with and things started working. :ohmy I can't belive I got 2 bad PSU in a row. Makes me wonder if they really sent me a new one or just sent the first one I rma backed to me. :blink Its been over 30 days now on the PSU, so I am not sure if I can even return the darn thing now. Not to mention I wonder how much of my original stuff is still good. :blink I did go from a amd athlon x2 2.4 ghz up to the 3.0 and from 1 gig to 4, it still is not going to go over good with joe. Maybe I just won't tell him. I'll have to wait till morning to finish everything. It wants me to activate and I can't get to my window cd till Joe gets up because I have it packed under the bed. Dam you MS! But atleast I feel better. Thanks for all the input guys appreciate it.
     
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    Glad you got it sorted.

    Do we all get a free roll of duct tape for helping out ? :p
     
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    Sure Darkstar, where would you like it? Eyebrows ducktape to the monitor? Armpits? Or how about a bikin wax ducktape style? :twisted:
     
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    Glad it's sorted.

    I had an issue with two opticle drives in a row not working. It's a pain when things like this happen.
     
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    OUCH! :eek:

    Remind me not to invite you to a stag night lol :D
     
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    :ohmy you do realize I am girl don't ya? Be carefull how you anwser that, because butter, lemon, herbs, and a very hot grill are flashing though my mind.:dry:twisted:
     
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    Mitzs! You're back! :hug

    Glad you got the PC sorted. Now that you've come back, don't be a stranger. This lot needs a good duct taping every now and then. :wink:
     
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