Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
If your desktop computer will not turn on, you may have a bad power supply, bad wall outlet, bad power cable or a bad motherboard.
Through the process of elimination you can narrow down the problem.
-Some computer power supplies have a on/off switch on the back. Make sure the power switch is flipped to on.
-Make sure the power cord is firmly seated in the wall and power supply.
-Make sure the wall outlet you are using is working or try another wall outlet in your house.
-Try a different power cable. Desktop computer power supplies use standard 3 prong power cables. You can pick up one cheaply at your local electronic store and after testing you should be able to return it(check return policy).
If non of the above resolve the issue, you narrowed the problem down to the power supply or motherboard. The easiest to test is the power supply. If you have a extra compatible power supply you can use this to test. If it does not resolve the issue, you most likely have a bad motherboard and this will need to be replaced. The problem could lie with the two. If you feel comfortable with replacing/testing these components. I recommend going to www.newegg.com for your parts. It is a site I use often.
*Before opening up your computer and digging around inside, please be sure to make sure you have no static on yourself or discharge can damage your computer. Touch something metal(not the pc) or use a anti-static wrist strap.*
Posted by G33k on
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