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[SOLVED] Sudden Death for Mr. Computer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by insolent, Feb 12, 2003.

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  1. insolent

    insolent Thread Starter

    Feb 12, 2003
    Hello all!

    I've been reading many threads and it always amazes me how helpful people can be to complete strangers; like myself.

    My PC:
    AMD 2100+XP
    300 Watt Codegen Power Supply
    1 512 DDR RAM stick
    Nvidia GeForce4 4200Ti
    Soundblaster Audigy
    couple CD-ROM/CD-R/W drives
    Matrox 40 GB HD
    couple NICs

    The computer is on 24/7 and is approx 9 months old. Over the past month, I've had one or two mysterious random restarts. I'm happily typing along, and bam! Mr. Rompy (that's the computer's name) decides to cycle its power and reboot. Last night, I was having another of my happy typing sessions, and Mr. Rompy decided to go towards the white light and die. It suddenly just shut off.

    Even though we had no earthquake, or kids knocking Mr. Rompy over, I double checked to be sure all cables were properly secure and that no PC ghosts had rearranged anything. That includes making sure the mobo has all the right wires from the case plugged into the right spot.

    What I've done:
    I switched the power cable to a new wall outlet that I tested with a lamp to be sure it worked and was not switched by a wall switch. Next, I let Mr. Rompy be, with no power cable plugged in to him. I also switched to tab in the back of the power supply to 220v and back to 110v (while it was not plugged in). Finally, I plugged the power back in, switched the power supply off and on (to 0 and back to 1), and pressed the power button on the front of the case. Mr. Rompy is still dead (or ignoring me). Note: when the power cable is plugged in, and switched on (set to 1), the LED on the mobo is illuminated, indicating the mobo is receiveing some kind of a power source. This makes me nervious because I'm hoping my problem is the power supply. When I press the power button on the front of the case, the CPU fan tries to do one single twirl, but not the Video card fan, and certainly not the power supply fan.

    Sry to be so detailed. And now that you've read this whole thing, someone is gonna tell me "the power supply is dead. Go buy a new one." At least that's what I'm hoping to hear, but I do wnat to hear it, since I've been obsessing over this for the last several hours. If not, what else could be happening to Mr. Rompy?

    Thx in advance!!
  2. mtbird


    Dec 10, 2001
    Welcome to TSG !
    Sounds like Mr. Rompy is in need of a transplant. I would suspect that the power supply has given up the ghost, especially since the fan isn't turning.
    When you go to buy a new one, be sure to get one that is at least 350 watts or better.

  3. torgo


    Jan 13, 2003
  4. insolent

    insolent Thread Starter

    Feb 12, 2003
    Problem solved! I bought a 350 Watt PSU and popped it right in. This may sound like a stupid question, but what does that extra 50 Watts get me? More power stability?
  5. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    Just enables you to draw more power......if you hook up other devices...you probably wouldn't notice the difference between the two.
  6. Jtoast


    Oct 3, 2002
    Having more power is kinda like having a full tank of gas in your car. You don't notice a problem until you run out.

    Then it starts getting unstable kinda like your car cutting out then it dies.
  7. skylinedo


    Feb 10, 2003
    The extra 50 watts won't really affect Mr. Rompy that much. But it'll boost Electric, Mr. Bill up a few cents.
  8. rmay635703


    Nov 7, 2002
    Although my favorite computer mr toasty would probably just waste the extra 50 watt

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