Question about HP COMPAQ DC5850 SFF ATH/5000 2GB80GB COMBO WVXP PC Desktop
I unplugged my hard drive (internal) and connected and old one to transfer some music. Now I cannot remember where the p2 connector goes! I took it to a computer shop and he didnt plug in the p2 plug so maybe I don't need it? I had disconnected and reconnected my hard drive before but now it won't start. Would that be because I don't have the p2 cord in? The cord colours are yellow, orange, and 2 black with a white end. It seems odd that I have been able to transfer over hard drives before (quite a few times) without issue, and now it's not working.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
i prety sure there is no way to do that. you might be better off just going to fries or radio shack or some other electronics store and buying a new one, there is no way to change a 20 pin to a 24 pin srry the best pf luck to you. plus i trying to fix my own problem right now
Posted on Apr 01, 2009
First do not take the hard drive out and put it in another computer. It is configured to run in the computer it's in.
Next, you probably did have a power surge either from your power supply or the power in your home. It sounds now like your power supply is damaged.
The processor does not have any gears; the sound you hear is most likely the fan in the power supply running too high.
Taking the battery out does nothing unless you move the jumper on the rtc to clear the CMOS. You should do that. You will have to get the computer running before you can transfer via USB to a flashdrive.
Unless you know what you are doing, you can ruin your computer just by touching components or the motherboard. You need to ground yourself first and make sure the computer is unplugged from the wall.
Here is what I recommend:
1. Get a grounding strap and hook it to your wrist and something to ground it. The package will tell you how.
2. Open the computer case and move the jumper to the proper location to drain the CMOS. (There will be 3 pins, and it will be on two of them. To ground it move the jumper to the uncovered pin and the one next to it. Leave it there a minute then remove it and out it back on the other two.
3. Be certain the two sticks of ram are properly inserted all the way in the slots; do not use brute strength.Leave the side cover off, and plug the Computer back in again. You should see a light come on after a few seconds. You should also see the power supply fan on.
4. Turn on your monitor and then boot your computer. If it comes to a screen that says it stopped abnormally, choose the last known good configuration.
5. you don't get that far you have worse problems, namely the motherboard or the powersupply. If it boots you should also hear the hard drive whirring.
If you can't get it going let us know. But one thing I'd like to convey to you. There is nothing in your conputer any reputable technician in a good shop will want. Neither will he put malware on your system.
Posted on May 13, 2009
If you have no activity at all, no lights, no noise at all etc. it is probably the power supply. It can be replaced with some mechanical skill and attention to where the wires plug in, but the major problem is the age. Older computers have a different power supply then currently available. If you have data you need to retrieve the physical hard drive can be removed and placed in a relatively inexpensive USB housing and accessed from a new computer. If you want to try and get it repaired find an older, small repair shop and with luck they may have or be able to locate the correct replacement. Since it is 10 or more years I would not put much money into repairing it so check in advance about minimum rates etc. so you don’t end with a money pit. Good Luck
Posted on Jul 20, 2009
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