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Old 01-30-2005, 12:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Can not start desktop???

For about two weeks, my desktop (2.8ghz P4 and about 10 months old) has had problems with spontaneous shutdowns for no reason, occasional will not starts, and also the monitor going black with no apparent cutoff of CPU at times (have to reboot to get back up). Until about three weeks ago one fan in the system (not sure which) was particularly noisy for a few days, but a good dose of canned air seemed to have eliminated that problem. I have noticed that on the occasions when the system would not boot, that the CPU and motherboard (Abit IC7-G) fans would not rotate even though the lights come on (with no beep) as if to start up, and then failing. I turned off the power supply and rechecked all the connections were solid, and then the system would start up (maybe) and the fans were rotating. Last night the system cutoff while preparing to burn a DVD, and I have not been able to restart. The fans are both dead mentioned earlier, although the case fan and power supply fan are both still working. My power supply is an Antec True 380 (380 watt), and I have only one burner, a floppy drive, 120 gb HD, 1 gig of RAM, and use flash drives often. 90% of my work with the system is editing photos, and I do downloads direct from a digital SLR nearly every day. The light on the motherboard still glows as if power is getting to the LED. Does this sound like a power supply failure? When PSU's fail, do they still offer enough juice to the system to light up, but not start? I'm still sort of a newbie at the tech end, so be gentle please! Thanks!

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Old 01-31-2005, 05:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah, it is possible for a PSU to do that. Are you able to check the PSU's output voltages with a multimeter?
Also, are you sure the CPU isn't overheating instead?

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Old 02-01-2005, 10:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd say a video card problem with the monitor going black, as for the shutdowns it seems to be your CPU overheating. With the new CPU's, when it overheats, it auto shuts down to avoid being burned to a crisp.
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