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Computer will not turn on

By webgal318
Jun 6, 2007
  1. I posted this question on a different board and I have not received any replies. Hopefully someone here will be able to help me resolve the following issue:

    Gateway Pentium 4 computer will not turn on in House A.
    Other devices such as printer, fax, modem and monitor seem OK.

    The same computer will work in House B. I connected it to my strip and the computer is working just fine.

    An electrician has checked the socket and claims that there is enough current being supplied to power up everything.

    I am at a loss.

    I swapped out the power cords, insured they were firmly seated, plugged computer directly into the wall, tried all slots in power strip. The only thing that seems out of the ordinary is that there is no ground. That should not make a difference.

    Help me solve this mystery if you can.

    Thank you.

    Sylvia
     
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    Some power supplies require a ground both for safety as well as electrical reasons. If your computer works in one location and not in another then it is safe to say you have a power issue.
     
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