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Computer Just Shuts Off After Dropped


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#1 tiverty

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 04:25 PM

My family just moved and I have my own personal computer that I use for me only with gaming and such. However durring moving it was fliped foward in my car once (didnt think it was that bad at all) and fell of a bed once about a foot to the floor. Now, when i start it up, it starts up but will quit randomly soon after startup! The longest it has stayed on is a little after a screen that pops up saying it was shut down inproperly and it has options to choose from (you all know what i mean right?). Also durring the time it manages to stay on, if you bump it at all even a little bit it shuts off! I checked inside, all wires seem to be firmly inplace! This computer is not store bought it was put together at a place that builds your computers, sells hardware/software, and fixes them.




Also the family computer was sitting idol in our basement for about two months before we moved and when we tried to hook it up at our new place it tells you that there is no Operating system found and when you try to install the operating system it tells you it can find no hard drive disk....

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 04:30 PM

It could be pretty much anything. I suppose that one can eliminate the mouse, keyboard, and probably the cpu as a source of the problem. Other than that, it could be anything.

Anyway, did you have a specific question, or do you just like sharing stories. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 04:38 PM

I'd take it to a local computer shop for an estimate.
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Posted 03 December 2007 - 12:00 AM

okay for the dropped one, I would open it up, visually inspect the motherboard for any damage, then proceed to reseat all power and data cables, ram, cpu, video card, etc. then try booting it up.

as for the one system that had been idle for while that can not find a HDD, I would check to make sure there is a HDD inside and make sure the ide/sata cable is plugged in as well as power. if so and you still get no drive found, then the HDD is dead.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 06:09 AM

For your gaming computer, I bet when you dropped it your processor heatsink/fan got bumped off (happens to mine a lot). Open up your computer and see that everything is plugged in right, especially check your processor heatsink/fan.

As for your family computer, if everything is plugged in right to the hard drive and its still not detecting an Os it's probably dead. You could maybe try hooking it up to another computer to see if that computer can detect it though.
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Posted 03 December 2007 - 09:46 AM

For your gaming computer, I bet when you dropped it your processor heatsink/fan got bumped off (happens to mine a lot). Open up your computer and see that everything is plugged in right, especially check your processor heatsink/fan.

As for your family computer, if everything is plugged in right to the hard drive and its still not detecting an Os it's probably dead. You could maybe try hooking it up to another computer to see if that computer can detect it though.


I would have no idea on checking to see if it is all plugged in right? As of right now im thinking of just going to a computer repair place i know of but the bench fee is $39.00 and that is not appealing to me! Where inside the computer do i find the processor heatsink/fan? (the fan is just one of the two fans right?

I forgot to mention this before but before the computer shuts off it sounds like the fan is going increasingly faster and if left untouched it will reach what sounds like fast speed then everything will just shut down.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 10:17 AM

well, is the one that was dropped a brand name PC?

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 12:23 PM

This computer is not store bought it was put together at a place that builds your computers...



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Posted 03 December 2007 - 03:51 PM

sorry, you should be able to open the side of the case, usually 2 screws hold the panel on. I would do that before you take it to a shoop that will probably do the same thing and charge you for it.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 05:59 PM

The heatsink will be a pretty big sized metal piece with a fan on it most likely. Kind of wiggle it around and see if its loose at all. If it is, take it off, put on new thermal paste (first clean off the old), and put it back on. While your in there, might as well clean out the dust, and check all your cords to make sure there plugged in tight.
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Posted 04 December 2007 - 12:21 PM

well i broke down and brought it into the store because of time restraints this week due to work. When I brought it in she opened it up to see if it was anything physical that was loose and she could find nothing physically wrong with the computer, Heatsyc fine, connections fine, power button ok, fans working (i knew that). So she said because its nothing physical there will be no charge as its in warranty.

Im confused altho! how can it be broken due to being dropped and not be any physical damage!?

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 02:14 PM

I think it is quite obvious that there is physical damage regardless of the fact that there is no physical damage to be seen. How can you look inside a resistor, capacitor, diode, etc? The only way to determine damage in those cases is to use a multimeter. I'm pretty sure that what she meant was that she couldn't see any physical damage.

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 03:29 PM

Thankfully it was under warranty :thumbsup: . Like Groovicus said there are allot of things that can be damaged internally such as a HDD that you can not see.
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Posted 05 December 2007 - 02:20 PM

wow, how does one ever then fix a computer with a little transistor broken on the inside of it in the Motherboard?

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 02:30 PM

You either troubleshoot it with a multi-meter and oscilloscope, or swap out parts until you figure out that the motherboard is bad.




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