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I'm pulling my hair out...

...well, ok, not me , but my whole family is and they threaten to do worse. Do you thing I should go motherboard shopping for my T2893 desktop? A new power supply did not do the trick.

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  • drspintoo Jan 23, 2009

    Sorry...My T2893 desktop did not power on/boot up when I hit the power button. I've replaced the power supply and all I see is a tiny light on the motherboard. I've unhooked all devices from the power supply except those directly attached to the motherboard. Still no sound, no fans in motion. Does this mean my motherboard is shot?

  • drspintoo Jan 24, 2009

    How do I find out if it's the power switch that is bad? Is there a way to bypass the switch?

  • drspintoo Jan 24, 2009

    I appreciate the really great instructions. I tried this however there is still no sound. New mobo? How do I get ensure that I am getting a replacement that fits with the Case; HD; and CD? Will my OS still work at bootup?

    Thank you,


  • drspintoo Jan 25, 2009

    No. It still does not boot. No fans are spinning and no other sounds are heard.

  • Jay Glendenning
    Jay Glendenning May 11, 2010

    Can you refresh me on the trouble(s) .. I help a lot of people and I just checked your user name and your name drspintoo has no history ..

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Possibly .. but you could also have a bad power switch from the front panel ..

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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  • Jay Glendenning
    Jay Glendenning Jan 24, 2009



    Above is your MB layout

    The jumper/connector block C is where you are looking



    Short with a small screw driver, paperclip etc across 6 & 8


  • Jay Glendenning
    Jay Glendenning Jan 25, 2009

    So now it boots but you have no sound?

  • Jay Glendenning
    Jay Glendenning Jan 25, 2009

    The issue(s) that you have with a new motherboard would be as follows and possibly more .. but to summarize ,, 1) I don't know what socket your CPU is .. there are different socket configurations for this board and the CPU' s installed. 2) Is the processor itself that you have "healthy"? .. It could be bad also ... 3) Memory .. How much is there .. 256MB, 512MB ? Consider upgrading/adding.

    I would suggest you consider getting a new motherboard, CPU, CPU fan, and memory ... You should be able to do this for under $200.

    As far as the OS goes .. Be prepared and just do a fresh install on your hard drive .. the hardware differences and in my 25yrs of IT experience and countless windows issues I am not a big fan of XP repair install procedures .. bandaids at best .. something daunting shows its ugly face at some time when those processes are done.




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