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E Machine modelT2885 will not turn on at all, switch test good

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Most likely failure point if the system doesn't power on at all, (No leds, no fans, no noise) is the power supply.

You can buy a standard ATX power supply for around $30

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I Have an Acer Aspire X1301, which is about 2 weeks outside of the warranty (conveniently). It began shutting itself down randomly over the last few weeks, and has now got to the point where it will power...

It is probably a hardware problem and could be a Power Supply Unit problem. It is not very reliable to look for power indicator and assume that the power supply device is working good. The best way is to test this with a Multimeter using voltage test to be sure that the voltage is flowing smoothly. Some defective switching transistors and blotted capacitor components inside the PSU are the culprit mostly in this kind of problem. If you have a spare PSU you can swap and make a test just to be sure.

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Lightbulb is red and flashing next to turn on switch. What is the cause?

Could be a number of things. Usually a hardware problem Try:
-removing and reseating the RAM chips, test, if no good, try
-remove one RAM chip, test, if no good, try
-unplugging all components (hard drives, CD/DVD drives, floppy...anything that consumes power), test, if no good, try
-letting the system sit for 10 minutes, powered off too cool down, test, if no good, try
-a different CPU, test, if no good, try
-a different motherboard

If any of the above steps gives you a different result than the flashing red light, then the offending part has been removed from the test equation.
-Reseating the RAM can fix thermal creep
-If you have one bad RAM chip out of multiple chips, removing and replacing them one at a time can show which chip may be bad.
-If a drive/component is bad, removing that component can allow the computer to boot
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Best of luck!


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What are the tools that can be used to troubleshoot hard drive, motherboard, and memory issues on a computer? Explain each choice

Sounds like you are having issues..First thing is to extract your data from the harddrive, if you do not have backups. Pull the drive and hook it up USB to a good computer, and get your stuff.

Then, are the fans turning, is there dust built up? all must be blown out.
DO NOT blow the fans and spin them, will kill them for sure, and do not press on them, but rather block them from turning with a small tool. If fans were not working, overheat is suspect and typically you cannot rely on the machine to be stable.

Pull and reseat every connection and cable, release the memory and re seat it. Sometimes that does it.

Read your windows Error logs. Control panel, admininstrative tools, only concern your self with errors, read them...ones that talk about harddrive means drive dying, usually.

Power supplies are another common failure, not sure how to test without meters, but you can replace with known good supply and test again.

Put everything bach together and boot .....So, at this point you are either running or not. If not, get new system, repairs to old items is cost prohibitive. Meaning hate to put 2/3 of the cost of a new machine into an old one....
if you do boot, look for burn in testers like Non paid version means a limit to auto testing. (I burn in test full throttle for 7 days for commercial clients). But you may see which area is failing from these tests in the free version.

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E -machine won;t turn on shuts down

First test your PSU then test all leads that are attached to your hard drive sounds like a faulty lead of some sorts then
try replacing all the leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions + IDE,SATA and the ones that attach from your motherboard to hard drive or
replace them they are probably old and faulty ?
good luck

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definately sounds like a mainboard or MAYBE a really bad RAM issue, go back to basics.. try booting the machine with only mainboard, CPU and RAM, nothing else.. see if it boots, another really quick way to test the health of the mainboard, is take all the ram out of the machine, and boot it.. if it squeels and screams at you.. then you know there is some sort of life in it.. if it does nothing.. its dead..

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In the end, you may wish purchase an inexpensive clone-tower, swap out the HD and processor (if you are spending too much time and money trying to band-aid the old one)

Hope this helps!

-- RT

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Dear zmatt,

Looks like the power outlet or UPS may be at fault. Try a different outlet. That's all I can thik of.

Good luck!

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