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When I hit power button on computer, power light doesn't come on...and the fan kicks on, but nothing else happens. nothing shows up on monitor except the test screen with 3 colors...the computer doesn't boot up and nothing shows on screen...do you have any ideas?

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  • cook2005 Oct 30, 2008

    Thank you! I am a dummie when it comes to computer hardware...is this something I can do myself or should I take it somewhere and have it done? Should I replace the power supply unit?

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THis sounds like a power supply issue.. I had a similar issue with mine. my fan would kick on for about 2 seconds then shut off.
Hope that helps 
Ciza

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  • Cee Jai Bernard
    Cee Jai Bernard Oct 30, 2008

    The power supply is actually quite easy to replace. and should only take you a 20 minutes your first time once you get the case open. Just make sure the power supply you purchase is right for your motherboard. Otherwise you should be good.


    Ciza

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