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IBM desktop is kaput?


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#1 DougOfWar

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 10:42 PM

Hello and Thanks in advance for any help you may provide.
My niece brought me her IBM ThinkCentre running Windows XP with a Pentium 4 processor. The computer turns on and the fan runs but that is it. No activity from the mouse, keyboard or moniter.
Where's the best place to start?

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 07:53 AM

I would start with temporarily trying a different power supply unit, for test purposes.

A test will only take a few seconds.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 12:21 PM

Thank you.
Sorry, I should have explained my general ignorance in repairing computers. I can install a drive or add RAM but that is about it!
How do I try a new power source?

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 02:19 PM

No problem...I'm still ignorant of much and I've had systems since 1996 :thumbsup:.

You take a power supply from another desktop computer...involves disconnecting all internal connectors and removing 4/5 screws with a Philips screwdriver...remove the one currently in your system (same process as the other) and install the power supply from the other system (reverse removal process).

If your system now boots correctly, it's the PSU. If not, it's something else.

Total time for actual test...5-10 seconds.

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp...73b11f867dbecea

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