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kartman

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I have been waiting for a computer of my own but could never afford one. My friend told me to try building my own, and that he would help me put it together. We have all the parts for the computer, the proccesor, Hard drive,floppy,cpu fan,cd rom,video card, ram, the board and the case. He came over one day and helped me build it. So we gave it a try and it worked...For about 10sec. And before it shut off I saw a blue flash, and it quit working. So we thought it was the board, so I got myself a new one and we installed it. Now, it won't even turn on. Everything is in the right spot but nothing happens. Now we think its the proccesor. Any suggestions on where to start troubleshooting?
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If it doesnt do ANYTHING anymore when u turn it on, i would think that it would be your power supply. If you happened to smell something when it flashed, that would probably be it. Ive fried my fair share of those. And you dont necesarily need to go out and buy a new one to test it, just pull one out of another computer. If it were your processor, you should still have your HSF running.

PS: did you check that the voltage selector was in the right possition?

Edited by smalls101, 20 August 2006 - 11:31 AM.

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Glad i could help, just stick to posting on the forum instead of personal messaging. If its resolved people generally like to know that.
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I also think it is the power supply. This has happened to me a few times so you could say that I have "experience" with fried power supplies. :whistling:
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Stick your nose to the back of the PSU and take a whiff. If it smells really burnt then you know where the problem lies. If you saw a blue flash from the back of your computer that is more than likely what it is.
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Always buy high quality power supplies of all the things you can skimp on in a system the PSU is not one of them.
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Amen to that. I can not tell you how many generic PSUs I have been through, how many problems they have caused and how much damage they have done.

I too also recommend sticking to the name brand PSUs such as Antec and Enermax, just to name two of many.
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