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Old 02-26-2009, 11:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My computer has a mind of its own. I guess depending on how it feels that day it will respond accordingly. Sometimes when i turn it on, nothing happens. The monitor just stays blank and says no signal. Other times after i give it a break between attempts it will just start right up. When i turn it on and nothing happens, the tower is still running and everything sounds the same. So i dont know what i should do, and was just wondering if anyone would have any suggestions on how to fix this. Also, i cannot format my pc because i lost my recovery disk.


Intel dual core 3.0
Elitegroup 945G-m3 MOBO
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2gb ram
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could it be a psu problem?


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Old 02-26-2009, 11:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try a spare PSU first. Could also try to remove RAM modules and put them in different slots (assuming you have more than 1 stick).
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I dont have a spare psu on hand =( and only want to buy one if i need to. I just put new ram in it today. And its still not turning on.
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Try borrowing one from a friend, or go buy one and see if it works. If it doesn't work, just return it and say you didn't use it or something, and we can continue to troubleshoot.
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Well alright, if that's the only way. But ill have to wait until tomorrow. Because the closest store to me is closed. So i'll let you know tomorrow.
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When you attempt to turn it on and it fails and doesn't show anything on the display, do any fans/lights come on?
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When i turn on the computer everything turns on. Fans and everything you can hear the hard drive start up. But what i noticed on the front of my computer there are 2 led lights, one that is steady to show that the power is on, and the one above it blinks when the cpu is processing something and i noticed that it doesnt blink. I dont know what that can be an indicator of. And still nothing on the screen.
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The 2nd indicator would be the hard drive being accessed. Does your hard drive show up in the BIOS?
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I dont know, i cant get to the bios. There is nothing on the display when i start up my pc.
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Are you using onboard video or a video card?
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