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GT5028 I bought one thinking it would be an easy fix, well not so far. took out everything and tried to get a beep error, but nothing. So it isn't memory, video card, or monitor. It is either CPU or motherboard. I am looking for a cheap CPU to but in it to check which one it is. But if someone else determines the problem please tell everyone because this seems common.

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  • Mark Schurman Jun 16, 2009

    Yes I tried a new PSU first. I hoped this was the easy fix part, but was wrong.

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You may have a failed motherboard or power supply unit (PSU) then. Failure of motherboards is usually due to breaking capacitors. A few years ago a capacitor company stole the "recipe" for making capacitors from another company and tried to make their own, unfortunately they did not get the ingredients right and the capacitors started breaking after 2-3 years of use. They sold these capacitors at very cheap prices and a lot of computer companies and power supply makers bought them. This is easy to diagnose. Look for capacitors (caps) (they look like little tiny soda cans) on your motherboard (mobo). They should be perfectly flat on top and not bulged or swelling or leaking anything. The dead giveaway is the fact that you are not getting anything after you removed all the components. There are a few companies that will repair broken capacitor issues. Also if you add a bunch of extra components without upgrading the power supply you can suffer underpowered situations and that can cause internal parts to fail.
And remember a bad PSU does not mean no power, just not enough to run the computer. If you have tried another PSU is the PSU that you replaced the same or greater output watts? I had one in my shop and determined it to be mobo.

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