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System wont Turn on at all!

By Marty
Jul 11, 2005
  1. Im attempting to repair 3 gateway computers at a school I work at. 2001 ME
    edition, 63mb ram, 9.5gb hd, celleron processer. The computers have been
    totally messed up from kids loading crap for years! 3 of the computers wont
    turn on, I checked power outlets etc and the monitors turn on. 2 other
    computers all the same work fine. Where do I start? Can I open them up and check anything obvious? Its kind of odd that they have the same problem. There is no start up so a bottable disc wont work. I think maybe a power surge, no surge protectors! HELP
    Marty
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Do any of the fans spin up?

    Open the cases, and start by checking the psu`s. Maybe even opening them up to see if anything has been pushed into the fan blades.

    Then check all cables and connections, and make sure that everything is seated properly. Remove all dust and debris.

    Disconnect anything not required to boot the machines. Just leave the cpu/hdd/ram. If the machines then boot, add one component at a time untill they fail to boot.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  3. Marty

    Marty TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no fan

    Thanks Howard, no fan, nothing! I was going to open the case up and check for the HD cable and connections then one at a time re connect. Its strange that all 3 have the same problem though, thats why I think its a power supply issue but I'll check it out...
     
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Yes it does sound a little strange that three have got the same problem.

    Maybe espionage is at work here lol

    That`s why I said to check that nothing has been pushed into the psu fan blades etc.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  5. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 1,267

    Sabotage was the first thing that sprung to my mind.
    Do they look as though they may have ben opened recently?
    Check inside for disconnected cables.

    As a legitimate cause check fuses, these could have been blown by a surge.
     
  6. Marty

    Marty TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Im going in now to look. I dont know about sabatage, the kids are all under 12 yrs old and the cases look sealed and the screws are in good shape. Im going in to the case. Fuses? I didn't know there was any inside....I'll check tonight for more advicea I will advise. Thanks a lot
    Marty
     
  7. Marty

    Marty TS Rookie Topic Starter

    All looks good

    I think it might be a power supply issue. Nothing would power up at all, I unhooked the drives and no sign of any trauma inside. Oh well
     
  8. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 1,267

    After acertaining that there is power at the outlet it would be worth opening the psu (disconnected, of course) and looking for an internal fuse.
     
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