I am hoping someone can offer some insight. I have none.
My question: What do I check next?
My PC died a few weeks ago, wouldn't boot up, I don't remember the details, but I called one of the IT guys at the office telling him I thought the power supply was shot, he agreed.
Fast forward 6 weeks, had never gotten around to fixing that dead desktop in the basement, but now I need last year's tax returns and they are on the hard drive that is in the dead PC so off I was to Best Buy this AM to get a new power supply. The old one was 300 watt. The geek squad advised on the 400 watt model they had in stock I bought it and off I went to do my taxes.
I opened the PC, and started with the easiest stuff first, detached the 4 pin plug from the motherboard first and immediately replaced it with the 4 pin plug from the new unit. I got through all the plugs one by one, taking one out and replacing it with a new one till all were out. Then I remounted the new power supply in the case and fired it up...This was way too easy I thought. Took about 20 minutes and that included searching for a phillips screw driver to open the case.
Of course I was wrong. When I plugged in the PC and hit the on button on the front the the light on the front came on but not the laser mouse, or the lights on the keyboard. I listened for fans and nothing. No hard drive soundds, no beeps. Nothing it sounded dead.
So I opened it back up, unplugged it to get the lights all off and back to it's previous state, then plugged it back in, nothing, so I hit the power button on the front again and the 3 fans all spun for about a half second and slowly stopped, leaving only the blue light on the power button as indication that the thing was even plugged in.
I have checked and rechecked all the connections. I have swapped through all the SATA connectors from the power supply to the hard drive...every time I tried it same result. A few spins of the case cooling, cpu and power supply fans and a blue light...no boot up.
This leaves me with the question...What do I check next?
Thank you to any kind soul that actually reads this. I really need the tax refund that i think I am due...baby on the way and home under construction.
Edited by BuckyBoy, 21 March 2010 - 11:23 AM.