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May 28th, 2005


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07:15 pm - My poor computer !
D'oh ! My computer seems to have died. Last night, I had just started the demo for the new Lego Star Wars game, and it simply powered itself off and hasn't come back since. As far as I can tell, the fuse in the power cord plug is ok, and the fuse inside the power supply is ok, and it's getting power to the motherboard (at least, a light on the board comes on), but it just doesn't start up - none of the fans start, and nothing happens when I switch it on. I'm guessing either the CPU or motherboard have died.

*sigh*
Could be an expensive week ...

(meanwhile, I've borrowed rwrylsin's laptop and I'm sitting on the couch watching Doctor Who ... oh, the hardship :-) )
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From:tlingel
Date:May 28th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
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If the fans don't start it may well be the m/b rather than the CPU. I got these symptoms when a PCI card died (my theory at the time was that it might have shorted, or at least have been drawing too much current, but it was an old card that I didn't really need so I didn't bother investigating). It might be worth unplugging any cards not needed to get to as fas as the bios to see if that makes any difference.
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From:davidcook
Date:May 30th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Yup, tried that theory - all cards out, still no response from the system.
Took the RAM out too, and unplugged the hard drives - no response.
Took the CPU out (!) and still no response - I'm pretty sure there should have been a POST beep code of some sort from the last two steps if the motherboard was still working, so I suspect not.

I'm still not 100% sure, though, and I'm half-considering buying a new motherboard of the same model, then working out which bit is actually dead, then getting a replacement (the bits are still under warranty), then selling off the spare m/b. On the other hand, that could be silly ...

(when we were back in Oz I had various handy spare parts around to try out things like that, and computer markets were easy to get to on the weekend. As far as I can tell, the nearest computer market (well, "computer fair" as they seem to be called over here) is in Carlisle, a handy hundred miles away ... )

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