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Old 11-30-2008, 01:34 PM   #1
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My son has a problem with his PC

Computer was in use when it shutdown on it's own. Now when powering up he gets the fan only (on max or high speed). Nothing else powers up, monitor, HDD.....nada. The only way to shut down is to do a forced SD by holding Power Button on front of case.

A friend of his says it is the Mother Board. I'm thinking the PS has failed

There were no warnings of imminent HD failure, or any warnings of any type.

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Old 11-30-2008, 03:03 PM   #2
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Do you have a PSU to test with as that is where I would start, or a digital volt meter?
https://www.techsupportforum.com/f210...er-151526.html
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Hi Wrench97,

Thanks for your reply!!

I do have a digital multimeter and will test the PSU according to your link.
I myself wonder about the PSU.... he replaced the original one when he upgraded his video card to a Nvideo 8800GT. The new PSU was a cheap off-brand that I could find no reference for. It is about 6months old.

Again, thanks for the reply.... I just need a logical place to start but was wondering if the symptoms sounded familiar. The only components that are functioning are the cooling fans ( and that includes the processor fan... all are running at high speed).

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Old 12-01-2008, 12:25 AM   #4
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If you still have the OEM psu you simply hook up the wires and try it without the 8800 in place.
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I'm dealing with one of my children... have you ever seen a child make things easy??

He gave the psu to his brother.... but I will see if it is still available or see if I can get a test unit from another source.

The PC is about 5yrs old and is used almost exclusively for WoW, runs @ 2.97GHz.... can't remember the RAM. Still a viable unit even by today's standards. Not the best but it works.....well, it did a few days ago

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I'm dealing with one of my children... have you ever seen a child make things easy??

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I dumped the problem in the kid's lap more or less. He didn't want to wait while I finish other chores and took it to a friend who works on puters. We'll see...... when I find out, the forum will find out.

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BTW..... he is #3 out of 5...... will turn 31 the day after Christmas. Oh well, 3 of the kids are on their own.......................
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Got the verdict.....PSU died after 6mths. I told him not to get a cheapie.... GenMax 480watts. Time to do some calcs and get a unit that will survive the rigors of a gaming life. It seems that 480 is a little lite for the Nvidia 8800gtx.
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8800GTX for heavy use needs 650 or higher 750w isn't out of the question> https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171024
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Hi Wrench97,

Checking things out @ CompUSA.... I think the kid is having withdrawal symptoms and prolly won't wait for shipping. He'll more than likely head for the store as soon as he gets up (works 2nd shift...gets home about 2AM).

I was looking at the Cooler Master 600w, but if you suggest the 650+ rating I will make the recommendation to him.....I'll check right now.

Big price jump...ouch. Some mfgs I am not sure of....OCS, Apevia,.....
I will try to get him to stick to the brands that this forum recommends.

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Most of those ones you've never heard of are doorstops as you found out with the last one he bought:(
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The kid has a new PSU and I will keep you posted as to make and model.

Door stop?? The old unit doesn't weigh enough. Can't be much in the way of windings inside.
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Well for a very small door?
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Might have to take this to (or create) the right thread.

Now getting "reboot and select proper media drive" on start-up. Or something like that.

He just fired the Gateway up to let me see exactly what the message was and his PC posted and loaded as normal. I'll give it a minute or 2 while his AV updates and see how the unit is responding.

The new PSU is a Cooler Master 650w. The old PSU was the problem so I guess we can say this issue is resolved.

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