Alienware area 51 help!

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360john360

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Hello,

I have my nephews computer which is an Alienware area 51, he said he kicked his computer during a game of Fortnite, after that happened the computer shut down and would not turn back on.

I have since taken it into my workshop and plugged an external power outlet into the computer. The computer than made a loud pop sound with no smell or smoke. I have not tried an awful lot as I think its the PSU or a capacitor overloading.

Any suggestions would be ideal before I completely rip the machine apart to inspect each element.
 

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I must be missing something - how did you connect an external power outlet to the computer
do you actually mean - you connected a psu the mainboard
 

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Can you be a little more specific
Do you mean you simply connected a different AC supply cable from the mains AC supply to the computer
May I presume that both you and your nephew are on the same 240V or 110v supply
 

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I now presume that - after the presumably rather stupid kick of the computer, and it would then not turn on, some form of electrical short has taken out the fuse on the original power lead
After you then tried the different power lead and power was temporarily restored to the PSU the original problem has now caused some other failure - again I would think within the PSU

It is well nigh I impossible to offer any really useful explanation of what may have occurred.
The only way forward is to dismantle the case, and start with a visual inspection of the various parts - motherboard - psu - graphic card looking for obvious signs of damage - discoluration, clearly burnt components etc.

Having had a look at the design of the Area 51 I would not like to take on the job and IMHO his kick has very possibly rendered the computer beyond economic repair.
 
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