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IBM Netvista powers up for only 3 seconds

I have a new refurbished IBM Netvista computer that turns on (fans & DVD drive lights) for only about 3 seconds and then shuts down. This computer powered up fine the first day I got it and then the second day it will not power up. Every time power is applied it gives the same result: power for about 3 seconds, then it dies.

Any ideas on what could be causing this?
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Re: IBM Netvista powers up for only 3 seconds

If you have to wait some minutes to restart it, that is overheating...try putting a ventilator (the bigger the better, the thing here is give lots of air to the processor > CPU) and see how its working...

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A) IF, all of the LED lights were on at once, they would use less than 1 Watt of power.

B) EACH fan only uses 2 to 3 Watts of power.

C) A typical Processor can use 51 to 125 Watts of power. Just depends on what Processor it is.
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C) 12 Volt power rail

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(XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX), or up on the side of the computer tower.

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