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Old 12th May, 2011, 02:49 AM
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Angry Computer turns on, but won't boot.

Alright.. so after hours and hours of testing.. I surrendered.

I took the entire computer apart and tested it piece by piece. Turns out it was the power supply.

This power supply has been good for a while and I doubt that it just decided to crap out the day I visited this guy. He kept commenting on how cool my power supply looked (the Chrome, the x-connect ability, my window, etc). Anything that he might have done that I could easily fix? I don't mind buying a new one, this one just has sentimental value.

It powers on at the 230 setting (but the normal is 115) and does nothing, but it starts at 115 for half a second then shuts off. =( The other power supply is going solid at 115. However, it's a very low power supply so I'm afraid to plug my video card back in.
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Old 12th May, 2011, 07:57 AM
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At the risk of insulting you (which is really NOT my intention ), have you looked at our troubleshooting howto? It sounds like you've got something very basic not working correctly, and so it seems the howto would be a good place to start.

https://www.aoaforums.com/forum/cras...his-first.html

If you go through that and you're still having problems, pop back here and we'll see what we can do.

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Old 12th May, 2011, 10:26 AM
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U've plugged the VGA into the onboard VGA socket while you have an additional card installed.
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At the risk of insulting you (which is really NOT my intention ), have you looked at our troubleshooting howto? It sounds like you've got something very basic not working correctly, and so it seems the howto would be a good place to start.

https://www.aoaforums.com/forum/cras...his-first.html

If you go through that and you're still having problems, pop back here and we'll see what we can do.
Hey there, thanks for the link.

I admit, I just jumped right in without reading the FAQ's/Guidelines.

I've now been through the document you've posted. I'm down to where I've disconnected all of my components (minus a stick of ram and the video card) and there is still no display on the monitor.

When I unplug the monitor from my graphics card, the monitor recognizes that it's disconnected and when I plug it in it recognizes that it's connected. However, when turning on the machine, nothing loads to the screen.

I have no idea what the problem might be.. all I did was unplug the power and drag the case down to the computer shop. The guy ensured me that all he touched was the hard drive I was getting backed up. I'm very upset as the computer worked before taking it to him. I would have rather lost the data than my entire working computer.

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U've plugged the VGA into the onboard VGA socket while you have an additional card installed.
My motherboard doesn't seem to even have an onboard VGA socket.
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Make sure the PC speaker is hooked up (no RAM, add-in cards, or anything else except the CPU), and check to see if you are getting a beep. If there is not a beep, then either the power supply, motherboard, or CPU is history.
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How are you getting along with the "how to" Cynosure?

Were you able to determine where your problem lies?
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Yeah, let us know...
Sounds like a power issue to me...
I have seen Memory cause "no video" issues when its been man-handled too much
Try one stick of Memory, if "no video" try the other stick.
It never hurts to purchase a new power supply because those are an investment that can be use over and over in new computers.
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Nothing like a "tech shop" messing up your box. Hope you determine what the prob is!
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I had one of the x-connect and it has been back twice. Even with the lifetime warranty I had enough of sending it back. The second time it died it would power on the pc just nothing on the display. threw in an old PSU and it worked fine.
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Wonder what proceeded with Cynosure's machine?
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Not sure, after reading his post again, it could be a Memory issue. Like Gizmo wrote... with just power supply, motherboard and CPU, the fans should spin up and you should be able to tap the Num Lock key to see the keyboard light up.
You won't get video until the Memory is back in.
After installing Memory, do the same Num Lock test and if there is NO video, I would swap the Memory with another slot, then another stick.
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