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Computer will not start

I moved my computer to a new location. When I tried to turn it on, the power button flashes quickly. The fans start, but the computer will not boot up.

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  • locovolador Nov 21, 2008

    i have a similar problem. When I push the power button, the fans just make a small ****, but don't actually start and nothing really happens. The computer was on one day when it suddenly turned off, and now I have this problem. Please help

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Remove and reinsert all cards (i.e. video card, sound card, etc.) as well as fix firmly the cables to the CPU ports. It is possible that these connections loosened during transport.

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