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My Computer will not work fans did work but have also now stopped

Hello everyone having some serious problems with my computer I've had it about fve years and never a problem untill now. Tryed to clean it the other day and made a mistake of rubbing off the heatsink greese because it was all dry and was missing in areas, replaced heat sink after cleaning the whole board with canned air. when I fired it up nothing. thought that i might of fryed the processor so got a new one P4 3.2GHZ upgrade on last which was P4 2.9GHZ. got some more greese and installed the new processor. Nothing, I found that the psu is giving power to all areas (Hard Drives, Floppy Drive, Mother board on switch and cd rom). I did take all the wires out and put them all bck in and one the second or third time the fans worked and hard drives spun then put it all back in and together and nothing just sometimes the a fan which is powered from one of the power ports out of the psu twitch's. the computer is a packardbell Imedia 1503. Please any help would be great I feel it's the mother board because the processor is brand new and sealed.

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    Lee Hodgson May 11, 2010

    does the motherboard beep at all? if so please describe them


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You may want to make sure that both the atx connector and the additional 4pin p4 connector are tight. Also, either tighten or remove all expansion cards because one could be loose or bad. You may also try re seating the cpu. It could also be the voltage switch on the back of the power supply (if it has one -- some do some dont). There could also be something shorting between the motherboard and the case.

Could also be the case that the initial cpu is fried due to no grease and the new cpu may not be compatible with that motherboard. Make sure that if that motherboard has jumpers that they are set correctly for you specific cpu.

YOu can find documentation and driver for your product here.

Hope this helps. Please remember to rate this information.


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