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My Computer Does not Turn On

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Last night, my computer was working fine. And I have done a virus scan lately and my computer doesn't appear to be affected. This morning, my sister was playing on it and it was working fine. But then it froze on her. She came to tell me and by the time I went over to check out the problem, the computer was off. She was playing a harmless game, btw, she had played it countless times before without freezing my computer.
So I tried turning my computer on, and the lights came on, the fan started, but there was no "BEEP" sound nor did my monitor react. Seconds later, the computer shut off again.

Please help!! I am a complete newbie when it comes to these things!!

Thank you so much!
And is there anyway to fix this without losing my files?

Edited by Panda_Panda, 11 August 2008 - 09:48 AM.

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No single POST beep usually means there is a hardware problem. The bios is testing all the hardware and one piece is not answering , so it shuts down.This is really a matter of replacing parts until you find the problem. In a situation like this i start with the memory, reseating the memory, then check each hardware one by one, using the below guide, Starting with the power failure guide.


Look at the other guides to see if they will help.

You can always install your hard drive in another computer as a slave to copy any data you want to save to the other computer( burning a CD or DVD is even better). You can also install the drive in a USB external enclosure to access the data. You may have to take ownership of the files and folders to access them in another computer.


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