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#1 ngase

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:12 AM

I accidentally spilled a small glass of water on my power strip that had my laptop, a lamp, a monitor, and a desktop computer plugged into it.

My immediate actions were to turn off the power strip, then to unplug it from the wall. I then proceeded to shut down everything attached to it. I got some towels and a fan and dried everything, and then let them take a 48 hour break. The laptop and lamp worked fine, but for some reason the when I turned on the desktop and monitor, nothing would appear on the monitor. My first instinct was that the monitor wasn't working, so I brought in another one that I know works, but that produced the same result.

When I press the power button on the desktop, the LED indicating power is on, but I cannot tell how far (if any) it gets through the start-up process.

I am now thinking it is probably the power supply, but wanted to consult with other people before going on. Do you think it is the power supply? Do you think it's something else? Could it be a combination of thing?

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks in advance

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:20 AM

My first question is are you using the same power strip to power the devices?

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:29 AM

The exact power strip I am using can be viewed on Newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16812120401


However, after posting the link, I realized you mean the same power strip. I am powering all devices on this single power strip.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:42 AM

OK let me restate my question, the power strip you spilt water on is this the one you are using now to power the computer?
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:44 AM

Yes, that is correct. Do you suggest using a different power strip to see if it makes a difference?

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:47 AM

Yes, that is correct. Do you suggest using a different power strip to see if it makes a difference?

Thanks for your quick reply.

Yes, there is a possiblility the contacts you have the monitor plugged into are corroded from the water, try plugging the monitor into a different receptical or try the wall outlet, if it works, your power stripe is water damaged.
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 12:53 AM

The monitor works. Its the desktop computer I am concerned about. When I have it plugged in, it turns on (ask indicated by the LED), but the connection between the motherboard and the display output must be screwed up. I am hoping it is the power supply is just not giving any power to anything properly. In which case I would would need to replace the current one.

This may be a stupid question, but could I just take the power supply out of another desktop computer and put it in the one I am having trouble with to see if that makes a difference?

Thank you for your help tonight, but I am going to head to bed and will mess around with it more tomorrow. Thanks again, MrBruce!

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:37 AM

The monitor works. Its the desktop computer I am concerned about. When I have it plugged in, it turns on (ask indicated by the LED), but the connection between the motherboard and the display output must be screwed up. I am hoping it is the power supply is just not giving any power to anything properly. In which case I would would need to replace the current one.

This may be a stupid question, but could I just take the power supply out of another desktop computer and put it in the one I am having trouble with to see if that makes a difference?

Thank you for your help tonight, but I am going to head to bed and will mess around with it more tomorrow. Thanks again, MrBruce!


Ok first you're welcome for my help, I do this stuff in real life, altough I am retired from the commercial electronics field now and as my signature below tells you I'm furthering my education with newer modern technology. :thumbsup:

Second, in regards to your suggesting using a power supply from another computer, sure you could that as long as it is an ATX and it has enough Amps to drive the computer to its full potential.

You mentioned the connection between the monitor and the video port, you could have a faulty solder connection on the video card board caused by stress from the monitors video cable pulling on it.

You could remove the video card from the computer and examine the connections where the video port is soldered to the board, you might discover one leg is loose and a simple bead of solder can fix that, if you know how to use a soldering iron pencil, I do not recommend using a soldering gun on components like this, so don't use one if you have it. I recommend a 15 watt grounded pencil, you find those at Radio Shack along with a small roll of rosin core solder.

Keep us informed and have a good night for now.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 01:34 PM

This morning I opened up the case and pulled out the power supply and replaced it with one that had the same exact specs. I am still getting what it produced before. The fan on the processor is spinning, but that is the only disbursement of power I can see. I lightly put my finger on the hard drive to see if I could feel the vibration of it, and there was nothing.

Could it be the motherboard? Could it be multiple things?

I am panicking because this isn't my computer. It is my friend's father's computer. How would you tell him that I screwed up, but am trying to take care of the problem?

Thanks for all your help!

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 02:04 PM

First thing don't panic, that's the worse you can do, it causes you to make hasty decisions.

Ok lets look at whats happening and what isn't.

You power on the computer via the button on the case, the controller powers on the computer and you see a processor fan spinning.

Do you see any lights lighting up on the case front?

Can you post more information about the motherboard such as make and model number.

During boot up do you hear any beep sounds? One means system is OK, any other beeps means a problem, you need to count the beeps if you hear more than one.

There is a possibility that something came loose inside the computer, how and why this happened, we need to figure out.

Is there any possibility that the water also entered the computer case?

Check the inside of the case for any signs of loose wires or loose plugs, I realize you just plugged in a different power supply, but make sure other wires are secure, sometimes we accidental knock a wire loose while working on a different area of the tower.

So pretty much what I suggest is you examine every thing more closely.

If all else fails, there is a possibility that shutting the computer off the wrong way may have cause a failing part or component to fail sooner.

Wish I could give you a quick answer that works, but no one said trouble shooting was easy, the point is you have to have patience.

Also heres a link to a web site that might help you with your diagnosis this whole sect is related to power supplies, but this site covers other components as well.

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psucompat/compat.html

Good luck and keep us informed.
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 02:21 PM

Here is a link to the motherboard specs: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...product=3239113

I just double-checked all connections inside and still nothing.

If any water did make contact with the computer, it would have been only one or two small drops from after the initial splash, and the side it would have hit does not have any ventilation holes it could have gone through.

Something odd about this computer is that as soon as you plug in the power, the computer turns on.

Lights: Only the green power light is on. The hard drive light does not turn on. The green light on the PSU is on when plugged in.
Beeps: None. I was looking at other things online, and someone mentioned taking the RAM out to see if it produces any beep codes - do you recommend trying this?

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 02:42 PM

I have the link to your motherboard specs and images of your motherboard layout and BIOS menus.

You could try booting up with no RAM sticks in the slots to see if it produces a beep code, some people try that without the video card installed as well. It won't hurt the system doing that.

I'll get back to you once I am done with my research on your system.

hang in there, please. :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 02:48 PM

BTW you did connect the 4 pin-4 wire 12vATX power connecter to the motherboard from the power supply correct?

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 02:55 PM

You never did say whether you replaced the original power strip like Bruce suggested
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Posted 26 June 2010 - 03:24 PM

You never did say whether you replaced the original power strip like Bruce suggested

Very good question and I believe it was not answered as I had requested or perhaps my question was misunderstood and not answered correctly, but I would like it answered again for clarification.

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