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Computer will not powerup

I've replaced the power supply, however the PC (a T2792) still will not turn on. The power button lights flashes on/off and the unit make a rapid clicking noise. Any ideas?

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Try removing any add on cards and also all the hard drives and cd/dvd drives and see if the symptoms change. It could be a bad component. It may also be a bad motherboard, but removing everything else will help to narrow it down.

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Apparently you're not alone. If you search on your model number and the words "power on," you find lots of discussions, such as this one:
http://discuss.pcmag.com/forums/thread/1004375440.aspx

Is that your actual problem? I don't know. If you're not actually getting to the BIOS POST -- power-on self-test -- that's not a good sign.

If you can diagnose the problem accurately, I'd suggest you evaluate what it's worth to you to resurrect that computer especially in light of the potential for future problems and the value-benefit of a new box. I paid $429+tax for an eMachines T5246, which is incredibly strong and big for my needs. If you go the replacement route, just make sure the new computer has an IDE controller card built in (most should, on the motherboard, mostly to support a floppy drive) so you can wire up your old hard drive and get the stuff off of it.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

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