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Computer not powering up / no light at hard drive.. but power to machine

My missus owns this one... came to power up.. hard drive light flickered... then nothing.. there is power to the machine light on start up button is viisble, would appreciate your help... other than this the machine has been running perfectly!!!

Missus thinks its summat i,ve done!! Help me please

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  • Chris Fowles
    Chris Fowles Mar 17, 2008

    Thanks Guys n gals.....OS is Win xp Home..1gig Ram..2.6ghz Intel Celeron Processor... 80gb dma/100HD..3D AGP Intel extreme graphics..6usb..DVDRW16 Phillips..DVD rom.... Ethernet..

    The last thing I did, was to attatch a drive that was a master in my old computer.. I did check whether it required jumper etc. which it didnt! The make of the drive put in is a maxtor 80gb hdd... Have i done summat wrong?

    Oh dear looks like chippy again for tea.. Missus is fuming!

    Seriously much appreciated peps ... I have got a few quids worth of vouchers to spend at PC world if i need to replace anything!

    Many thanks for your help

  • Chris Fowles
    Chris Fowles Mar 17, 2008

    Thanks Jasta.. do I have to replace the jumper to the master as it was in my old pc before i do so?... and please forgive me for being a little simple.. but are you saying that where the master was in the pc.. remove that and make the maxtor that i was adding as a slave, the master now.. and the original master is now to be treated as the slave?


    Faggly/ aka chris

  • Chris Fowles
    Chris Fowles Mar 17, 2008

    Hiya Again Jasta.. swapped the drives.. then back power either way now.. not even a light around the start button.... arggggh!! please help!!



  • Chris Fowles
    Chris Fowles Mar 18, 2008

    Morning Jasta... looks like the pins on the M/board where the start up button.. and the HD & Led connect have burnt away. Also the power pack supply was "dead". Have replaced both the power supply.. (fortunately had a spare, otherwise around £20). Have also ordered a new Mother board.. arriving some time later today. The only good news is that, both the HD's are still working and nothing has been lost, so not all bad........ Many thanks to all who offered advice... has got me a solution, not the ideal one.. but solution all the same.... I hope that this can be useful to anyone with a similar prob in the future.

    Many thanks to Jasta & ALL at fixya !!



  • Chris Fowles
    Chris Fowles Mar 19, 2008

    Hiya Jasta... nothing more to be done.. died, dead, legged it! yes unfortunately had to dig deep..... all in a good cause.

    I have still decided to use as master and slave.. and both are functioning fine at the mo... fingers x.

    the new motherboard is an AMD athlon 64 dual core 2.4 ghz.. with a new stick of ddr2 ram... all in cost me £105 sterling... I,ll find the full spec somewhere!! lol.. all that matters is the other half is jumping for joy.. and the chip shop a distant memory! lol... Much thanks for your help Jasta... in fact have joined you in your quest to help others... its infectious...

    Regards Faggly



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Ok...since there are lights..then it's most likely, not your power supply.'
We need a few questions answered so we can narrow it down to what it could be.

1. What operating system are you running, harddrive, ram, some computer specifications would help?
2. What was being done last, when the computer went could possibly be a virus, so we need to find out if a file was opened up, or an email, things like that.....was there something any beeps beep when the computer starts up>

Let me know these things and we'll narrow it down to something solvable..



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  • Terry Lynn Deschamps
    Terry Lynn Deschamps Mar 17, 2008

    Make the new 80ghdd the master....and leave the other hdd out...

    There are always jumpers for master/slaving drives. When this is done, some drives WANT and PREFER to be the master....
    Try the 80g as master, leave the other one out...see if that works...then if it does, we'll find the jumper settings for master/slave on that other hdd

    The new hdd is a maxtor, what is the other drive? Seagate?

  • Terry Lynn Deschamps
    Terry Lynn Deschamps Mar 18, 2008

    Wow....I'm sorry to hear that it was the power supply....none of the "incidents" pointed to that....Although easily tested at a computer fix it store...

    Initially there were lights and power...thus my steering away from that and looking elsewhere...

    LED lights...(idiot lights) we call them...for the do nothing, but let the PC user know its working...

    Question....Are you still going to master/slave the drives?

    It's easy enough setting the jumper settings, If you have small fingers....those little black rubber things used for pin perference are very small..(lol) and so easily dropped and lost, so be careful if you are in fact master/slaving..

    I'm presuming that you bought a good MB....if you don't mind me asking, what was the price......I'm asking, because: these days you can purchase a new computer for unlike when I buy mine, but I custom build mine.....yet still, they are very cheap these days and have a lot of oomph in them.

    Good luck and thank you Chris...




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