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W2646 crapped out

The pc would not power on, no lights or fans, so i tested the power supply with a multimeter and found out it was bad. i purchased a new power supply and put it in, but still nothing worked. i pulled the new power supply and tested it. it was good. so then i plugged up an older power supply to the machine, eventhough it did not have a 4-pin connector, and the fan on the power supply came on and the light on the front panel came on(amber). what am i dealing with here? am i dealing with a bad motherboard? how do i determine this?

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  • the jenx Jan 29, 2008

    hey philster, sorry i did not reply sooner. i have been running down the problem per your suggestion. bye the way, you hit it right on the head(bad mobo). thanks for the heads up.

    the jenx



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Some eMachines computers (like many from Dell) use a non-standard pin out for their power supplies, so if you try a standard ATX power supply it may not function.

However, in my experience it IS likely to be the motherboard. Luckly I have been able to replace quite a few of the eMachines mobos with a standard mATX mobo, since you can probably remove the IO plate. You'd certainly want to replace the power supply when doing so.

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Yes the voltmeter measures the voltage.
When you power up the computer to test the voltage on the 4 wire connectors.
Test the voltage red and balck wire should read 5 volts.
Test the voltage yellow an black wire should read 12 volts
If the burning smell is from the power supply then most likely a capacitor has blown in the switch mode power supply.
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Due to your diagnosis, it sounds to me like Power Supply failure.

Weak Voltage power rail.
Not enough power to keep the Processor on.

(In this case, No, re-installing Windows in a Repair, will not fix the problem)

Lights will light, and fans may spin, but there isn't enough power for the Processor.

1) ALL the lights use less than 1 Watt of power.
2) EACH fan uses 2 to 3 Watts of power.
3) A typical Processor can use 51 to 125 Watts of power. Depends on what Processor it is.

(For example, if this Optiplex GX260 was ordered with a Pentium 4, 2.26GHz Processor, {Socket 478}, it can use up to 58 Watts,

If this computer, and Power Supply are dirty inside, it's a pretty sure bet the Power Supply is bad.

Test the Voltages of the Power Supply to see if they are correct. Specifically the 12 Volt power rail.
If it is 11 to 13 Volts, it's okay.
Less than 11 Volts requires replacing the Power Supply.

Test can be done with an inexpensive multimeter, or a power supply tester.
One example of a power supply tester,

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There are several factors that could cause the above problem in your diagnoses.

A) Processor Fan is not operating, or not spinning at the set speed desired. (RPM. Revolutions Per Minute) Fan bearings are bad.
Replace processor fan.

Computer case open, observe the Processor fan as soon as you start the computer.
If the fan is not spinning, shut the computer down.
(Hold the Power On button in for a count of 10 seconds)

Observe if the fan spins slowly, or spins for a while, stops, then spins again.

B) Failing Electrolytic Capacitors on the motherboard.
C) Power Supply has a weak voltage power rail.

Failing Capacitors on the Motherboard.
Electrolytic Capacitors.
Specifically the one's used in the motherboard Voltage Regulator Circuit.

A Processor must have a Steady, Clean, supply of voltage.
The tolerance range is Very small.
Too little, or too much voltage, the Processor turns off.
[BIOS turns it off]

Part of what the motherboard voltage regulator circuit does, is to regulate voltage for the Processor.

This link gives information about what Electrolytic Capacitors look like installed on a motherboard, and photos plus info, about the visual signs of Electrolytic Capacitor failure,

(Computer unplugged from power. Observe Anti-Static Guidelines. Need more info about the last sentence, please post in a Comment)

Requires either replacing the failing capacitors, or replace the motherboard if bad capacitors are found.

If upon a close scrutiny with a flashlight, and magnifying glass, does not reveal visual signs of capacitor failure, then the next hardware component to check is the Power Supply.

3) Power Supply's have Electrolytic Capacitors also.
A computer power supply changes AC (Alternating Current) electricity from a household, or business, into DC electricity.
(Direct Current. A flashlight battery is an example of stored DC electricity)

Electrolytic Capacitors are used as Filters in a computer power supply.
They filter the incoming AC (Input Stage), and the outgoing DC (Output Stage)

Generally I have found that these are the weakest link, and are the first hardware component to fail in a PSU. (Power Supply Unit)

There is a way to test the Power Supply.
Requires either a multimeter, or a Power Supply Tester, or using a KNOWN to be good, compatible power supply to substitute, and use as a test unit.

An economical multimeter can be purchased for around $10 to $15 at many stores. An auto parts store usually carries them.
An economical power supply tester can be purchased for around $20.

This is an example of a power supply tester,

Computer dirty inside, as well as the inside of the Power Supply, will cause detrimental factors to the computer.

1) Dust is a Static magnet. Dust can create pathways for static electricity to follow, and the DC electricity used for a computer.
This can cause hardware components inside the computer to Short Circuit. (Fry out)

2) Dust, dirt, hair, etc, can clog the cooling components of the computer.
The computer case fan/s, the Processor fan, and Heatsink, and the Power Supply fan, and Heatsink/s located inside the Power Supply.

Air is drawn in through the front of a computer, (Or on some custom PC's through the side), and flows over the hardware components inside the computer, helping to cool them.

If a layer of dust, dirt, hair, and so on, has coated these hardware components, the heat will be trapped, and the air flow will not be able to carry the heat away.

If the computer case fan's are coated, their cooling capacity drops tremendously also. The fan, or fans, will not be able to provide the air flow needed.

If the Processor fan, and Heatsink are coated, the cooling capacity of these two components drops tremendously.
A Processor has a thermal temperature it can operate in, and will turn off if the temperature is exceeded.

It's a Fail Safe feature that is built-in, to keep the Processor from burning up.

[A Heatsink is essentially a plate of metal that has tall, thin fins protruding from it. Heat is absorbed into the plate, whereby it is then absorbed by the tall, thin fins.
Air flows in-between the fins, and helps carry the heat away.

This is an example of an average Fan/Heatsink combo,

The Heatsink is the aluminum finned part sitting under the fan.

Using a can of compressed air for computers, on a regular basis as needed, can help prevent many computer failures.

To summarize:

1) Check the Processor fan. If the computer is dirty inside, there is the obvious factor for it's failing.
2) Check the capacitors on the motherboard visually.
3) Test the power supply, or substitute it with a Known to be good, compatible unit for a test.

Must have at least the same amount of Wattage, or more.
Must have all the correct power cables needed.
Must have enough of the correct cables]

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Sorry, I stepped out. Otherwise I would have answered right away.

Your power supply changes your household, (Residential),or business electricity, into three main voltages. Also converts it from AC to DC electricity.

1) 3.3 Volts
2) 5 Volts
3) 12 Volts

Each one of these voltages is a voltage power rail.
There's more involved than that, but for ease of explanation, we'll let this suffice.

A) Orange wires are 3.3 Volts. ( 3 and 3/10ths Volts. Sometimes the decimal point is hard to see on here )

B) Red = 5 volts

C) Yellow = 12 Volts

The only power cable you're going to be switching around, in my thoughts, is a 4-pin peripheral power cable.
Has a 4-pin Molex connector on the end.

Note that there is one Yellow wire, one Red wire, and two Black wires.

If you have a bad 5 volt power rail, or a bad 12 volt power rail, all the peripheral power cables will be effected.

Won't do you any good changing them out.

They all derive their power from the same source.

I understand your reasoning, and it looks logical, huh? But as you can now see, it doesn't affect anything changing peripheral cables around.

The blinking Power On light indicates you have a bad power supply.
I can't find any documentation on Packard Bell's website to give you, to substantiate my statement to you.

Otherwise I would.

To test my claim.
Do you have another power supply of the same style, and has the right amount of power cables? Also should be at least 200 watt.
You're just going to use it for a test, not as a replacement power supply.


You could conduct a voltage test of the power supply, but if the fan doesn't even spin, the power supply is kaput.

Does the power supply's fan spin?
If so we can go on to do a voltage test.

This will require a multimeter.
The multimeter is set to the 0-50 Volts DC scale.

An economical, but decent enough multimeter, can be purchased in a multitude of places.

An auto parts store is one place.
Radio Shack is another.
There are several stores that carry affordable ones.

Average price for a decent enough multimeter for this test is around $10 to $15.

If you do not wish to use a multimeter, there is also the option of using a simple to use power supply tester.

This is one example, and an example of where to purchase it,

Again, this is if the fan on the power supply spins. There is the rare occasion that the fan on the power supply will fail, and the power supply will work, but this is not one of those rare occasions.

Also, if the power supply fan spins a few times, then stops, the power supply is shot.

What leads to power supply failure?

A) The power supply was a low quality item installed by the computer manufacturer.
Saved the manufacturer money.

50 cents to a dollar saved, times 50,000 computers, or more of that model, adds up in a hurry.

B) The computer is dirty inside. Computers need to be kept clean on the inside, as well as their power supply's, on a regular basis.

Inside a Power Supply is a Heatsink, or more than one Heatsink.
A Heatsink is typically constructed of a flat metal base, that has tall fins protruding up from the base.

The metal base absorbs heat from whatever object is placed against it, and the heat is radiated up into the fins, where it is dissipated away.

Air flows through the fins, and helps carry the heat away.
(There is a Heatsink on top of the Processor also)

A Power Supply also has a fan.
The fan draws air into the Power Supply through the computer case, then pushes the air out of the back of the computer case.

The air drawn in through the computer case, helps to keep the hardware components inside the computer case cool, as well as the other fans that are implemented. (Computer case fan/s, Processor fan)

It also helps to keep the hardware components inside the Power Supply cool.

When the Heatsink fins are clogged with gunk, and the fan's blades, center hub, and surrounding shroud, are clogged with gunk, the cooling capacity of the Power Supply drops tremendously.

The Power Supply hardware components heat up.

Heat = Wasted Energy
The Power Supply tries to keep up with the demand for power, but with the energy loss due to excessive heat, the Power Supply hardware components eventually fail.

Typical SMPS used in a computer. (Personal Computer)

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1/10th a volt? Nope.

Bypass the Power On switch. See if you have a bad switch first.

Then test the power supply. If the power supply comes on by bypassing the Power On switch, I'll bet you have a weak 12 volt voltage power rail.

1) Yellow wires are 12 Volts
2) Red wires are 5 Volts
3) Orange wires are 3.3 Volts
4) ANY Black wire is a Ground wire

They do sell power supply voltage testers, should you not wish to use a multimeter set at DC volts.
(0 - 50 Volt scale)

I prefer a multimeter.

A) ALL the light use less than 1 Watt
B) EACH fan uses 2 to 3 Watts

C) A typical Processor uses 55 to 125 WATTS.

You have to turn the power supply on, by jumping the Soft Power On wire to any ground wire.

This is also the way to bypass the Power On switch, to see if the switch is bad.

Do you wish to proceed?

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