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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.

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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Date:May 28th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
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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Date:May 30th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
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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