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No power supply to the tower

I can not turn the tower on. tried plugging into another power supply...same result, no power to the tower

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    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    problem with your computer.... start unhooking components till you are at the bare minimum then try the power. but first... make sure the switch on the power supply is on



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Be sure that the ATX or BTX power cable (the rectangular cable with 20 or 24 pins) is securely fit into the motherboard. Re-seat it if needed. Also, check the +12V 4-pin adapter (if exists) is seated, just like the 20/24 pin is. If that doesn't solve the problem, be sure that the PSU is switched on and is at 120V (USA) before plugging in the power cable. If that doesn't work, contact the computer manufacturer or the PSU manufacturer (depdending on what you purchased.)

Hope this help!
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Posted on Jan 09, 2009

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