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Won't start up

First off I need to say that I am computer illiterate, so i'll describe this the best I can. I was using my computer and all of a sudden started going haywire. The cd-rom drive sounded like it was speeding up and slowing down over and over and then my computer just shut down. I unplug everything and plug it back in and it would work for a short time, but now there's nothing. It won't power up at all, there's no green flashing light in the back, nothing. Any help you guys could give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  • esbm Sep 24, 2008

    Thank you for the help. Hopefully I can get it fixed.



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All signs point to a power supply that has gone away. Not knowing if HP has reinvented the wheel with this system, check thoroughly before buying a generic ATX supply although it probably uses one.
As far as any infection goes; I don't think so, since the green power light in the rear isn't on, there is no activity taking place on which a virus could act.
Just FYI, PC supplies are the nastiest piece of any system, built by people who sometimes don't have any idea where it is used and don't care a whole lot about the quality of the soldering they do. This part of your PC is the last part that has any real percentage of manual assembly, everything else is about 95% robot assembled. 
Since one can often buy replacement supplies on eBay for less than the shipping & handling charge, you can see that they are sore spots.

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There is a virus possibly a trojan horse

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