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Won't Boot Working fine for about a year and a half (bought in sept 2006). About a month ago it starting acting up. Power up, fan would spin, but that's all. It would not boot up. No beeps or sounds at all. Monitor displays no input signal. Hard booted it a few times and then, it booted up normally? Powered off, tried rebooting, no luck. 4 or 5 tries later it booted up again. This went on for a few days and then it simply decided not to boot up any more. Opened box and cleaned dust out. Reseated the processor. Unplugged and replugged all connections with no result. It was connected to a surge protector. Seems really odd that a pc would slowly die like this. Geek Squad wants to diag the system but I don't have alot of confidence, nor do I want to spend $60 unnecessarily. It may come to that but they want $300 or so to replace the MB. I spent $500 - $600 for the entire package! Thoughts anyone?

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  • chkdsk1963 Jun 18, 2008

    It's a Gateway system. The only noise I hear is the fan spinning. No indication the hardrive is spinning. No beeps, whirls or other such noises. My biggest quandry is why it seemed to gradually get more problematic rather than simply crashing, and, power is getting to the fan. Do power supplies partially fail and send power to some components but not all? Thanks for your time.

  • janetrsmith Jul 02, 2008

    I've had (am still having...) the same issue with my Gateway GT4022. My problem started back in January when my pc decided not to boot. As the other posters have described, the fan would turn on but the pc itself wouldn't boot - no beeps, no power lights, nothing. This pc is covered under warranty so I immediately started down that road. First the motherboard and power supply were replaced. My pc started working again, but within a month I encountered the exact same issue once more. The pc wouldn't boot, no power light - nothing. Again I called the warranty company and again they replaced the exact same parts, plus the CPU. That corrected the issue for approximately another month or two when again, for the third time, my "no boot" issue reappeared. Just today the warranty company has come out (for the third time!!) to replace the motherboard and power supply. If anyone has any idea what might be causing this recurring issue, please share your insight. I'm desperate!

  • Anonymous Jul 02, 2008

    same power issues but the replaced the power supply and still nothing...then replaced the video and at least got it to boot. But it doesn't reboot evrerytime...

  • Anonymous Jul 02, 2008

    System boots automatically but, states no video. Checked the motherboard for cracks checked power supply okay, checked connectors and power cables okay checked memory and harddrive okay Need help please respond thank You MR. G

  • Anonymous Jul 02, 2008

    System has simiular problems wont boot in start up, no safe mode, no video,no beeps no noise just the powersupply and fan check out and its okay. need help

  • beatle66 Jul 13, 2008

    just the fan starts up no hard drive action

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Power supply problems can show up in a number of ways. The capacitors that others have referred to are filters that filter out any AC noise in the system and assist in converting the AC input from the wall into clean DC current that the systems uses to run. Depending upon how the capacitors fail, problems can range from no starting (booting) to seemingly random behavior of the system. As stated before, look for capacitors with bulging tops. That is a good indication that the cap is no longer at the proper value and is defective.

To answer your general question, yes power supplies can fail slowly over time. Depending upon how much hardware the supply has to power, this can happen sooner rather than later.

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Is your system a proprietary one (HP, Dell) or a whitebox (home built)? When you try to start your system, do you hear the HD spinning up? If you have to replace the MOBO, it's not hard and it shouldn't cost 300.00. Even if it's the power supply, you can find one for about 40.00 and install it yourself. It's easy.

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Take a look at the capacitors on your motherboard. If any of them seem to be bulging on the top then you probably do need to replace the motherboard or the capacitors themselves.

Could also be your power supply failing. Even with a surge protector things do wear out.

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