Question about PC Desktops
Hello my name is Jei and I hope the following helps you out.
Please read all the way through before beginning.
Pre-step, check if its under warranty if so, take advantage of it.
First off you will want to make sure you have a clean area to work in.
Second remove the side of the case with the computer laying motherboard down. Inside you will see a lot of stuff but don't worry as long as you take your time and have patients you'll be fine.
Before touching anything inside the computer place one hand on the metal part of the case, This will ground you from static.
Next look for a plastic connector whos wires lead up-to the power supply unit, This is usually a 24 pin connector. Squeeze the small clip on the side and pull it firmly (Do not yank) out of the socket, you may need to wiggle it gently to get it to losen. Once the connector has been removed firmly press it back into place. This will ensure the connector is making good contact.
Next you want to look and make sure all other wires are firmly inserted into their respective connections. Press gently down on the cables leading to the drives, if they are SATA connectors they will be thinner and usually connect to smaller blocks on the motherboard, gently remove and re-connect these too.
Now the fun part. Again make sure you ground your self before doing this.
You'll see some small sticks standing off the board. These are your ram. on each end you'll see a small clasp/lever press these gently away from the ram stick and one end should lift up slightly. Do the same to both ends (Do not pull ram out when only one end is free). Once both ends are raised and the clips are out of the way, grab the middle of the ram stick and lift it up out of the slot. Check it for any damage such as cracks. If all looks ok insert the ram into the slot and firmly press down on both ends evenly. You should hear a small clicking sound when the clips lock into place. Repeat this for each stick or ram grounding your self before and after removal.
After all this is done take a flash light and look around the board (Not touching it) for damage such as cracked or broken parts. Pay close attention around where the screws hold the board to the case.
This is also a good time to blow the case out with some duster or other air certified/designed for computers
If all looks fine put the side back on the computer, plug it all ine and try to turn it on.
If nothing happens you could have several things.
Damaged Power supply.
Each part will have to be tested seperatly by someone with the correct tools, This would be where I'd recommend taking it into a professional.
If the computer is still under warranty, take advantage of it before opening the case.
I hope this helps you out in some way.
Posted on Jul 21, 2008
Check the "rocker" power switch at the back - make sure it didn't get set to "Off" or zero.
Open the case and be sure all the cards are seated firmly, and that no connectors have come loose.
If the lights come on after powering on but the disk drive doesn't start, you may have damaged the hard drive. It may not be repairable, and you might lose your data. I hope that's not what happened.
Let me know how these suggestions worked out for you.
Posted on Jul 21, 2008
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