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I have 3 year old sony vaio pcv-c31l desktop computer. I just got back from holidays and it won't start up. I don't know anything about PC's. Any ideas ? thanks

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  • tdfutter Jan 04, 2009

    thanks for your response. The power cord is plugged in and I have tired the computer in other outlets that I know are working. The pc does not startup at all. normally, I get that whirring sound of the drives/ fans something starting up but I am getting nothing.

    There is a flashing green light on the back when it is plugged in.


  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2009

    any word on a solution for this yet?

  • Sheldon Scott
    Sheldon Scott May 11, 2010

    This may sound silly, but you never know what someone has tried...

    - Check the power cord to ensure that it is plugged in
    - Ensure that the power cord/outlet/powerbar is working

    Is it not starting at all, or does it come on but not boot up?



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Hi. Would prefer more information about your computer before i offer you some advice, but based on your description, it sounds like the power supply has broken down. Assuming this is the only problem, you would need to replace it with a new one, as a power supply is one of the few components which can't be repaired. First though, check that the power cable hasn't come loose, or that the fuse in it hasn't blown. The fuse in the power cable plug should be a 5 amp one, NOT 13. Ring your local Maplins store, and ask to speak to one of their technicians, who can help narrow down the problem for you, over the phone. Then ring your nearset computer repair shop, who will be able to advise you further. You'll have to take the main computer tower to the shop, and leave it with them for a few days. Don't be tempted to let a friend 'have a look at it for you', as he might make things worse.

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1. Ask around to see if there was any thunder storms while you were away. If there was it might have blown your power supply, Is the computer power cord connected to a power bar? Or does it plug right into the wall.

2. If you can, unplug everything from the back, unscrew the side of the case, Do you smell anything funny?

3. If you have a car or a dog, the hair might have clogged the power supply fan and it overheated.

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