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Power switch does not turn computer on

I have a e machines desktop computer. When I press the circular button on the front of the tower, nothing happens. It is like the power is dead. I tried switching out the power cord, but that did not solve the problem. There is a switch behind the button, but I do not know if that is the problem.

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  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2008

    same problem when push power button nothing happens

  • sitruc 1 Mar 11, 2008

    my power supply shorted out.i installed a new one,it has a switch in the back(the old one didn't)when i switch to on the tower lights up ,both fans run then power supply fan stops ,cpu fan keeps running ,keyboard lights come on but nothing on monitor?



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If the switch has a (O) and (I) on it ,the (I) should be pushed in.

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