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My Computer Will Not Start


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#1 Sound Wave

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 08:16 AM

In February we got a brand new computer for the family and our old computer was stored in the garage. Now my sister needs a computer and rather than buying a new one we decided to use the old one. We took the computer out of the garage plugged in all the leads and turned the power on but the computer did not start. We opened the computer to see if there was any signal to show that wheter it was working or not and we saw a green light (note the power was on). Although this green light was on (inside the computer) the computer as a whole would not turn on. Any ideas?

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 08:50 AM

In February we got a brand new computer for the family and our old computer was stored in the garage. Now my sister needs a computer and rather than buying a new one we decided to use the old one. We took the computer out of the garage plugged in all the leads and turned the power on but the computer did not start. We opened the computer to see if there was any signal to show that wheter it was working or not and we saw a green light (note the power was on). Although this green light was on (inside the computer) the computer as a whole would not turn on. Any ideas?


Can you hear or see if the fan in the power supply is running? If there is a fan on the cpu, does it start?

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 09:03 AM

No the computer dosent do anything

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 11:17 AM

Since the computer was moved around I would reseat everything. Make sure the power is unplugged the reseat all of the cards, memory, power plugs to the board and anything else that is detachable.
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Posted 26 October 2005 - 12:39 PM

Yeah I have done that but my computer still wont start :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 12:57 PM

Do you know of anyone that has a power supply you can barrow to see if thats the problem? What brand, and model computer is it?
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Posted 26 October 2005 - 05:48 PM

No not really. I am not sure about model but it is a dell computer.

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Posted 26 October 2005 - 07:44 PM

It sound to me like either you have a bad power supply(failing but not quite gone), or your motherboard is bad. Do you have a used computer store nearby? If so you could take the PS out yourself and have it tested. Dells use a proprietary PS. On the front of the computer you should have some letters (GXa, GX1, XPS,..). That is your model number. If not you can get the Service Tag number off the case and go to the Dell website and look it up. A new Dell PS will be very expensive. A used one should only be $10 to $15. I know I have 13 Dell GX1 setup at the house. The PS should be very easy to take out . You will have no problems. Let's start with getting it tested.
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