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Old 10-28-2010, 09:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My aunts PC would'nt turn on the other day so she brought it over for me to look at. I mostly just tinker with computers and do the occasional upgrade but figured that I could at least give it a try. The problem was that it just wouldn't turn on. They turned it off one night and the next morning it wouldn't turn on.

I got it home and opened it up and then plugged it in. When I had it plugged in the green light on the MB was on but pushing the power button yielded nothing. I then proceeded to unplug everything (not much BTW) and try again. Still nothing. I then tried a different power supply I had but it still wouldn't work.

From all of the above I am assuming it is the motherboard (not sure cause I'm a nooB). My main question is if you replace the MB do you have to reinstall the OS?. If it is going to take a while or be very costly they may just want to buy a new lower-end PC.

The PC is a Dell Dimension B110

CPU: 2.66 Ghz Celeron D
RAM: 512 MB
MB: Dell E210882

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The OS wouldn't cause it to not turn on at all. Have you cleared the bios?
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What I meant about the OS was if I would get an exact replacement for the MB it and install it would I have to reinstall the OS. How do you clear the BIOS? Its something with taking the battery out right?

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You should have to reinstall.

Yes it's the battery thing. Take it out and unplug the pc. Hit the power button a few times. Give it a minute. Put it all back and try again.

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I am going to go try it and come back in about 5 mins with results. Wish me luck!

EDIT: Clearing the BIOS had no effect. I am afraid it may be over for this PC. I asked her if they had recently done anything to it but she said they hadn't. I will probably have a thread asking for advice on new PCs soon(need to talk to them first).
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Ya it's probably dead. Sorry.
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Yeah they aren't really rich if you know what I mean. And my cousin had just gotten iTunes working on this PC. Would you say a jump from XP to Windows 7 (assuming they get a new PC with 7 on it) is really huge? They aren't the most computer literate.
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IMO, Windows 7 is easier. Vista was a nightmare for illiterate pc users.
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Do you mean easier then XP? I'm assuming that's what you meant.

These forums are awesome. I made this thread at 9:05 and had a definite answer by 9:40. Thanks for your help Abstract Hero!
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Well, yeah, it's well reorganized, even a caveman can do it.

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