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#1 Turaiel

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 04:33 PM

I've been asked to repair a computer that doesn't seem to want to turn on. When it's plugged in, the light on the PSU flashes rapidly and clicks with each flash. Pressing the power button seems to do nothing at all. Any suggestions as to what the problem is? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 04:49 PM

It definatly could be & probably is [at the least] a PSU issue.

From what you described there is a good chance the motherboard is toat too.

What brand is the power supply ?
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 04:53 PM

I don't see how it's really worth repairing then. What do you suggest I use for recovering the data on the Hard Drive. The only tower that I have that doesn't use SATA doesn't have enough RAM to run the OS on the dead system.

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 05:13 PM

actually power supplies are very easy, and cheap to replace. If you really want to get the date off it, and ur other computer only has SATA ports, most newer PSUs are backwards compatible just remove a working PSU from a computer of the same age or newer, and put it in the dead computer, and see if it will boot up then. from there u should be able to save the data off it or decide what to do from there. of course, if it doesnt work then it means the problems the motherboard, not the PSU. :D

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 05:21 PM

Well, I don't feel like ripping parts out of my computer to put in someone else's, so that's out. I think I'll just stick to recovering the data. Anything else to suggest?

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 06:01 PM

The easiest way to recover the data is to install the HD out of the dead computer in a working computer.
If it is a IDE drive just hook it up in place of the CD drive [temporarily]
It will show in My Computer
Double click the drive to open it
Double click Documents & Settings
Double click the folder with the user name
You can either open My Documents & pick/choose what to save or send the whole thing to My Documents
Either way, right click what you want to save
on the meu hilite Send to
On the submenu click My Documents
It will be sent to My Documents on the working computer.
You can't save installed programs, office,etc,
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 06:10 PM

Thanks. I'll post again if I have any trouble with this.

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 10:01 PM

The easiest way to recover the data is to install the HD out of the dead computer in a working computer.
If it is a IDE drive just hook it up in place of the CD drive [temporarily]

It is an IDE drive, but unfortunately my CD drive also uses SATA, and I don't think my mobo has any IDE ports. Any other ideas?




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