I turned off my friends computer at the wall before it had shut down!
Now it won't turn on, there is a light on on the motherboard ( ABIT MGURU) and when they press the power button it displays code 83. they have tried taking the battery out of the motherboard but this has not helped. any ideas?
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You may try resetting the cmos, there are some pins on the motherboard, usually arund the battery, if you install a jumper on the ones labeled reset and turn the unit on it should clear the bios and you can switch back the jumper to reconfigure the computer. This is just a bios restore, it shouldn't cause any data loss.
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unfortunately that is the problem. sooner or later it will just not boot up. If you are capable and want to get in to it, you can change the capacitors. if not look for a board. try ebay or pricewatch. they may still have one that would fit your processor. =)
This issue also cause by a hard drive errors, check your hard drive for errors. In My Computer window, right click Local Disk C select Properties, go to Tools tab, click Check Now button, put check on Automatically Fix Errors and Recovery of Bad Sectors, then restart your computer to run the check disk operation.
Also read this solutions regarding about Windows XP Shutdown and Restart Troubleshooting