Question about Acer (ACERMOTHERBOARD)
The power indicator in the front turns on but when I go to boot the computer nothing happens. What can cause this and what can I do to fix it?
This could be one of many things: First off if the set up is new and you just put it all together try removing all the IDE/SATA cables and see if that helps. If the machine then boots you know one of those devices is faulty or setup wrong. If that does not help, remove the RAM modules and try again - this may invoke a different error as the board may not want to boot without any RAM but you should notice a change. If no change then it could be the CPU or power supply unit (PSU) The MOST likely problem is that the PSU has given up or is not producing enough juice or is producing too high a voltage. The only way to check this effectively is to try a different PSU. I had a customer who brough me a machine which had stopped booting. He was told by a "friend" the CPU & mainboard had failed so he bought a new CPU and mainboard. The machine still did not boot and in fact the power supply was producing to high a voltage and had fried the mainboard and CPU. Then it fried the second CPU and mainboard he put in. Expensive mistake... so make sure you replace the power supply (or have it fully tested buy an expert) BEFORE you add any new parts to the set up.
Posted on Jun 19, 2007
Tips for a great answer:
you plug in the power cord is there any lights whatsoever on the computer?
When you press the power button do you hear fans running, hard drive spinning, lights on the computer, hear any beeps or lights constantly blinking, hear the DvD/CD drive click and the light on the drawer of the DvD/CD turn on for a second or two? If so the laptop is trying to boot or may have booted, but the screen is not showing for some reason.
Beep tones and blinking lights tells the technicians what is going on with the computer and why it is not booting. Most times it's a motherboard issue when you hear beeps or blinking lights continuous. Most times the problem is with the memory or Video Card. Count the Blinking Lights or Beeps and take note of their pattern (1 Long or 1 Long followed by 2 Short).
Maybe your power cord is bad if you don't get anything to happen whatsoever when you press the power button.
you have a Static Charge Buildup. Remove the Power Cord, then Press and
Hold the power button for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds plug the power
cord back in and hit the power button to see if it boots.
your memory is bad or the memory slot is bad.
the Power Cord, Open the Case and remove one of the memory chips. Set the
chip aside then try rebooting the computer. If it boots, then you know
the memory chip you set aside is bad so mark an x on it with an ink pen.
If it fails to boot then move the chip to the next memory slot and try
rebooting. If it fails take the chip out and set it aside, then put the
other chip in and try booting it in both slots. If it boots, just to
verify that the chip set aside is bad, mark an x on it and put it into the open
memory chip slot and try booting.
your power supply is bad. Sometimes there is enough power to make the
power light or some other lights come on but not enough power to make the fan
turn on or hard drive spin.
Below are links and info I found from Dell's Website based on your model.
Controls and Lights Front of computer:
Power button - push button
green light - Blinking green in sleep state; solid green for power-on state.
amber light - Blinking amber indicates a problem with the power supply inside the computer. If the system cannot boot and there is a solid amber light, this indicates a problem with the system board (see "Power Problems" in your Owner's Manual).
four lights on the front panel (see Diagnostic Lights.)
Standby power light
AUX_PWR_LED on the system board
Hard-drive activity light
green light - When the computer is reading data from or writing data to the hard drive.
LAN indicator light
green light - Solid green indicates that a LAN (local area network) connection is established.
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