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Dead PC - won't boot :-(


Ian in Northampton

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The electrician just did something that caused the PCs in the house to fall over. Most have come back, but my son's is as dead as a doornail - no sign of power to it. I'm guessing that there's nothing I can do as it's likely a power supply problem (or worse) - but I just thought I'd put out an urgent cry for help, just in case there's something simple/obvious that I'm overlooking, like a fuse... (Yes, I've tried different power cables and different sockets - still no joy).

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onthelimit1

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Probably the PSU - easy to change and only 20 quid for a basic one.

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Ian in Northampton

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Thanks OTL. Hopefully, it's no more than that. I'll probably replace it with decent one, as it's a reasonable spec gaming system.

No quick fix today, then... :-(

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Jollyjohn

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Hi

Don't usually use PC World but this PSU is reasonably priced and they are open on a Sunday. Don't forget Currys is the same store.

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/corexstream-ocz-csx500w-uk-atx-psu-500-w-15050623-pdt.html

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Taff™

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One final check worth doing. Unplug the kettle lead power cable from the computer. Press and hold the power on button for 45 seconds or so. Now try it again.

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Ian in Northampton

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Thanks guys. Taff - tried that, didn't work... :-( Is that something to do with clearing the CMOS/resetting the BIOS?

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lotvic

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When you say 'no sign of any power to it' do you mean the light inside pc on motherboard doesn't come on?

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Ian in Northampton

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Thanks Jock1e. Yeah, checked the circuits, the outlet, the extension cable. Everything else works - except the PC... Lotvic: nope, no nothing - not even the light on the motherboard.

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Conny

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What did the electrician do to make them all 'fall over'? Was he PAT testing your appliances by any chance?

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lotvic

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Just realised - Electrician? on a Sunday?

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Taff™

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New PSU may be the answer but I would check it first with another second hand one. In my experience a massive PSU blow out might have wrecked the motherboard, RAM etc. It may of course be a total coincidence that the "electrician" caused it so don't blame him. (Particularly if the computer wasn't on a surge protector - which hasn't been mentioned so far as I am aware.

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