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Old 06-11-2006, 06:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi, well i was talking to my friend on msn this morning and he said his downstairs pc broke and he didnt know what was wrong.
His pc is a Amd sempron/256mb ram/Geforce fx 5700le on xp home.

He said, "my sister was on the pc and it just turned off and wouldnt turn back on. When i tried to press the on button it would turn on but the monitor wouldnt detect the pc. If i tryed press the on button again to turn it off it wouldnt work and the optical drive wouldnt open."

Any ideas of whats wrong?
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Old 06-11-2006, 07:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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try exchanging the graphics card, if the monitor isn't getting a signal could be that...open the pc up and check all connections. in a Worst case scenario could be the motherboard is dead.
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k thanks ill tell him that..anyone other possible problems?
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my friend also told me when he tries turn it on and leaves it, it will switch off automaticly after about 5 min.
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can he get into the BIOS?
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ye i think so..
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ok go into the BIOS and check the CPU temps and fan speed. Also try clicking default options so it sets everything back to its original settings.
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well ive just talked to him on the phone and he says he cant get onto anything since the monitor doesnt detect the pc.
Thanks anyway.
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he`ll have to troubleshoot it, remove all unnecessary devices, cd rom, dvd rom, floppy drive.

try exchanging the graphics card if it still doesnt work then I would think it was a motherboard problem. A capacitor on the motherboard could have died. Does his power supply unit come on? the fans move and make a noise?
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ye he says psu comes on for 5 min then turns off and fans come on including graphics card.
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