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Solved: Computer Fails to Boot

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jack-o-bytes, Apr 5, 2010.

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  1. jack-o-bytes

    jack-o-bytes Thread Starter

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    I have recently acquired a fairly old computer (2006 ish) This is the current problem,

    I plug it in and press the power button. The fans all come on but then it shuts down in about 6 seconds. If I then try and turn it on again nothing happens. I then unplug the power cable and leave it for about 10 seconds and then plug it in and turn it on it will then stay on for around 2 seconds and go back off again.

    Could this be a power supply or overheating problem do you think? If not has any one got any idea what it could be?

    Thanks Jack-O-Bytes
     
  2. dustyjay

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    Please post the system specs.
     
  3. jack-o-bytes

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    I am not 100% sure of specs as I have been given this computer and it won't boot for me to find out.

    This is what I can identify

    Motherboard: Foxconn 661M08-FX
    RAM: 2GB PC3200 RAM
    Onboard Graphics
    PSU: Winpower 450w
    CPU: Unknown
     
  4. dustyjay

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    Well the power supply could be suspect, the one you listed is a low quality unit. If you have a spare or at least another power supply you could easily test that theory.
     
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    Yeah, I am going to do that later I am going out now though so I will report back when I have tried a different PSU. thanks.
     
  6. jack-o-bytes

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    Yeah the PSU was the problem I have changed it with one out of my other computer and it has booted up fine. Do you think it could have been a motherboard problem that caused it to die so quickly. The PSU isn't powering anything spectacular only a P4 2.8GHz and 2GB of 400MHz ram.
     
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    I actually think it was just the low quality PSU.
     
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    OK cool thanks. It is running great with a new PSU in it. The one I have got in it isn't exactly high quality though it is a 500w Dragon PSU that has been running my computer for about 2 years now. Voltages are pretty much perfect though. Thanks again. :)
     
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