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OK- this might seem a bit like a broken record - but I am a newby here and need help. THank goodness I have my laptop for moments like this. My desktop was quite noisy and I was thinking about upgrading my Ram - SO, I openned it up to clean it up and check the ram situation. I noticed that the fan on my video card was not working. I took it in and the guy said it will die soon - just turn it off after 2 hours or so - for now. We also noticed that two of the little battery looking things were leaking (ugh). It seems the motherboard has a death sentance too! I needed to put in a wireless network card so I bought one, packed up the beast and brought it home. Excited to get wireless, I inserted the card and then plugged everything back in. I pressed the power button, I heard the fan come on and saw the green power button. THe monitor clicked on with a message "off mode in 5 seconds" and it shut off. My mouse and keyboard do not work. My new network cards' power light did not come on. So, did I kill it? All night, I have been listening to my husbands version of "if it ain't broke - don't fix it" - well, too late! What do I do now? I think I might call for help.. but I do like to tinker -

Thanks, Lisa
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1: I am not sure I understood what you did with the faulty video card fan. Did you replace it? You may be able to buy a new one. If not, and I do that sometimes, if you use the computer for simple applications like surfing, emailing, Office and such, you can just remove the fan. However, this is only true if you have a heatsink (a ribbed metal plate) below the fan. As a last resort you can replace the video card.

2: Open the box and take the new card out. Check that the video card and ram modules sit tight in place. Move them carefully while pressing down lightly to ensure a goos contact. Try to reboot.

3: The things that look like tiny batteries are capacitors and if they leak or are inflated it's a bad sign. Lets leave them at the moment and hope that we can reboot. The only other alternative is to replace the motherboard.
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I did keep the old video card for now! I think the leaking motherboard is more of a probem - LOL! So, last night I tracked down another old computer from a friend that I will try to reteofit with my old hard-drive as a slave. I'll get it tomorrow morning and just need it to work for about 2 months. As long as I can get what I need off of the old hard-drive I'll be happy. I hope it works! I will get a new computer in Sep/Oct so any suggestions on what is good would be great - we just have to recover from our newly purchased piano before I get my new toy!
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