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Plugged computer back in after move and won't start. green light in mb on.

Antec sp-400 ps. is the fuse blown? i can hear a high pitch noise coming from it when plugged in. nothing will start. I changed my power pack in my computer because of this problem - turns out that it still wouldn't turn on. (Same symptoms - MB light on, no fans, no booting) When I took all devices off and then added one by one - found the SATA drive was causing the problem. It appears to be a short - this happens even when the SATA drive is not connected to the motherboard. Any suggestions other then the obvious of replacing the harddrive?

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Actually, there is nothing you can do with the hard drive. If its shorting out the power supply when its pugged in then it is defective. However, most hard drives carry a 3 year warranty from the manufacture. If the drive is younger then 3 years old, I would call the manufacture and get it repaired or replace. Hope this helps . . .

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pls try change the power cable if it works then check your power pack if the FAN doesn't roll that means you have to change the power pack thanks. abass_october@yahoo.com

Posted on May 26, 2008

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