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    Unhappy Computer Problem. It's not turning on.

    Hello Fellow LGKers. I have a computer problem and I'm hoping that someone here can shed some light on what my problem is.

    First off, my computer is custom built by my cousin. This was about 2 years ago, so it's not too new by all means. When the computer is on, the light on the front shines nice and blue. A few months ago, the computer couldn't turn on. When you press the power button. It'd make a whirring sound for 2-3 seconds before shutting off completely. I changed the power supply and it worked fine.

    Last night, I was at the Honda Center for a WWE Live Event. I came home and my computer's light was red instead of the usual blue. This is the 1st time I've seen it red colored. I moved my mouse to get out of "idle" state, but nothing happened. Nothing was responding. I tried to hold the power button to get it to turn off, but it wouldn't. So I had to hit the power switch that's plugged in the wall.

    Anyhow. I opened the case and tried to find the source of the problem. The fan is running, the computer sounds you hear normally is there. But the keyboard isn't on and the monitor is acting as if my computer is off. That dreaded red light just isn't going away. I've tried the search engines but most responses I see is just "power supply" related problems. I know I'm probably not searching correctly, but I don't know where to begin.

    So here I turn for help. Hopefully you guys know what could possibly be the problem so that I can inspect it and see where I could get with this problem. I'm by no means a computer expert, so I might be stumped! I already e-mailed my cousin the problem (since he built it, he might know) but he hasn't responded yet. But more opinions could never hurt. Thanks for taking your time in reading this post.
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    Replace the power supply again. If that doesn't do it, you are probably looking at a motherboard replacement. Expect to spend around $150-$300 depending on the quality of the parts. The power supply is easy to replace, but the motherboard can be a bit tricky since Windows may freak out when you boot the computer for the first time. Here is a link that may help you through the process.

    http://www.theeldergeek.com/replace_motherboard.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creeping Death View Post
    Replace the power supply again. If that doesn't do it, you are probably looking at a motherboard replacement. Expect to spend around $150-$300 depending on the quality of the parts. The power supply is easy to replace, but the motherboard can be a bit tricky since Windows may freak out when you boot the computer for the first time. Here is a link that may help you through the process.

    http://www.theeldergeek.com/replace_motherboard.htm
    I would agree with this, but be careful if you decide to run out and buy a motherboard.

    One of my home built computers died, and it was about 2 years old. I had a real blast trying to find a S939 based motherboard. Really, it was fun. The ones I found were refurbished.

    So not only did I have to replace the motherboard (socket AM2), I had to replace the CPU and memory as well.

    You would have to know what Processor socket your current motherboard has before buying a new one motherboard.

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    It could be motherboard, but are you getting any interesting beep codes when you first power on (also check that your cousin hooked up the case speaker so you could hear any beeps if they happed), or it just isn't doing anything at all? It is also possible that your video card gave up the ghost and as a result your machine is halting on post.

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    Could be a power supply.

    Could be a mobo. Before you go out and buy a new one try resetting the bios. You would be surprised how many times this will fix a problem. I've also had luck unplugging the power source from the wall, removing the battery, and letting the capacitors drain out (really just another way to clear CMOS but it has worked on occasion when the jumpers don't). If you have to buy one with an older socket check ebay or get a refurb from newegg.

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    Could it be the monitor? jk

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    Actually you should trying reseting the CMOS by pulling the battery and moving the jumper to the reset position. If you say your monitor is not turning on you mght want to check your video card and monitor as well.

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    Just tell your cousin to fix the f***in computer they built

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    Quote Originally Posted by TooCool View Post
    Hello Fellow LGKers. I have a computer problem and I'm hoping that someone here can shed some light on what my problem is.

    First off, my computer is custom built by my cousin. This was about 2 years ago, so it's not too new by all means. When the computer is on, the light on the front shines nice and blue. A few months ago, the computer couldn't turn on. When you press the power button. It'd make a whirring sound for 2-3 seconds before shutting off completely. I changed the power supply and it worked fine.

    Last night, I was at the Honda Center for a WWE Live Event. I came home and my computer's light was red instead of the usual blue. This is the 1st time I've seen it red colored. I moved my mouse to get out of "idle" state, but nothing happened. Nothing was responding. I tried to hold the power button to get it to turn off, but it wouldn't. So I had to hit the power switch that's plugged in the wall.

    Anyhow. I opened the case and tried to find the source of the problem. The fan is running, the computer sounds you hear normally is there. But the keyboard isn't on and the monitor is acting as if my computer is off. That dreaded red light just isn't going away. I've tried the search engines but most responses I see is just "power supply" related problems. I know I'm probably not searching correctly, but I don't know where to begin.

    So here I turn for help. Hopefully you guys know what could possibly be the problem so that I can inspect it and see where I could get with this problem. I'm by no means a computer expert, so I might be stumped! I already e-mailed my cousin the problem (since he built it, he might know) but he hasn't responded yet. But more opinions could never hurt. Thanks for taking your time in reading this post.
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    I had that same problem. spent 2 weeks trying to solve it.

    CMOS reset. power box. RAM. CPU. CPU fan. mobo. hard drives.

    one day, I said "**** it", then went and got a whole new box.

    it's been 3 years. (knock on wood).
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