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Computer shuts down immediately on powering up


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Hi! We have an older computer that spent a couple of years in storage. I set it up in the back office 8 months ago, and it worked fine (old and slow, but that's normal). My son used it less than a month ago, and it worked OK then. Tonight when I try to turn it on, it powers up, then shuts right back off. I've tried several times to no avail. I tried running the BIOS, which didn't make any difference. I also tried to skip the memory test to see if I could get past the point of shutdown, but it didn't work. The temp is fine and the inside is pretty clean. It's a Gateway 2000 running Windows 98. It's not connected to the internet, so it isn't a virus or malware issue. Does anyone have any suggestions, aside from tossing it out the window into the snow? Thanks! Stef
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This sounds like the power supply has gone bad.

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Thanks for the reply. That sounds pretty major. Would it be worth repairing on a machine that is 8 or 9 years old?
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Pretty old machine to start putting money into. I have a garage full of parts i have saved over many years so i can save some of these old puters to give them away to kids that can't afford a computer. If i had to buy parts i would not do it. A problem with the old computers is even finding the parts to be able to fix them. Many newer parts won't work in the old computers and after a few years the older parts are not being produced. Try finding a PCI Nvidia TNT video card. They just arent any out there anymore. Same thing with many parts for older puters.

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