Posted 25 November 2006 - 11:59 AM
You'll need to get a more powerful power supply.
But, let's get it running for now. To do this you'll need to disconnect anything that takes power from the system. In particular, disconnect all USB devices. If you must use them, get a powered hub to run them from.
Then, start disabling/removing any other devices that you can live without (in favor of stable video).
Also, ensure that the case is cleaned inside and out - dust makes the PC work harder - which in turn consumes more power.
You may be able to find a more powerful Compaq PSU at a garage sale or a computer show in your area. Just make sure that it does deliver power before buying it.
Finally, you may want to consider upgrading the entire system rather than buying a new Compaq PSU. I did this a while back for my wife's system - used most of the Compaq parts and bought a barebones bundle from TigerDirect. This may even be cheaper than a new Compaq PSU!
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