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A while back, I was having problems with my kids' computer inexplicably shutting down.
I posted this in this thread:
Previous discussion

Finally, I thought it could have been dirt and heat build up. After cleaning, it worked mostly pretty good for a few weeks.
Yesterday, it shut down and I can't get it to power up at all.

Any suggestions on what and how to test?
I realize that it's hard to diagnose a problem without it running.

There was some speculation in the other thread that it could be a hard drive problem. I have a second drive in the computer. Is it as simple as replacing the cables on the present "c" drive and making the other one the new "c"
I'm guessing it can only be several things.
Power source being another.
Would like a systematic approach, if possible rather than throwing parts at it.

Thank you for your always great help.

Larry Foster
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does it get through the post at all...(does it start loading windows)...
if not its probably your power supply died
do you get any beeps at all...
what is the make and model of your computer...
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Thanks, happyrck for your reply.
Right now, I am getting nothing. I get no lights beeps or hard drive noises.
I have an older machine here. Would the PS work from that?
And is it simple enough to change that a 6 year old could do it?
This was a hand biult machine that my son made through a training program a little more than 1 year ago.
They gave him the components and showed him how to assemble it.
Pretty much no-name components. Had a dickens of a time finding what ram was necessary to add more memory.
Larry
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the "old" power supply would have to be equal to or greater in watts than the one your replacing...but if it is it should work just fine...
I don't know if a 6 year old is capable of doing it though..

with it not getting any beeps or lights at all its one of these choices...its the power supply ...or wall outlet not giving any power...or the switch on the back of the case is turned off...
you pick the appropriate one
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Thanks, I'll be checking that out.
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Apologize for not updating this sooner.
The new power supply fixed me up.
Thanks for all your help.
Larry
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