Unsolvable Problem...or is it?

By DMC24guy
Sep 2, 2005
  1. Hey, I've been having some serious problems with my PC which I have yet to resolve. Despite my best efforts to fix this problem, I have failed, and now I am turning myself over to the fine people at these forums. So, here is the specs are:

    2.60 GHZ
    256Mb Ram

    Anyway, I got this computer about 1 year ago to replace my 200 mhz system I'd had since 1996. It has run fine until about 3 days ago. Upon returning home, I saw that the green circle light which surrounds the On/Off button was dim. Of course, the fact that the system was off, meant that the light shouldn't have been on at all. Then I heard this popping/clicking noise coming from inside the case. Upon pushing the On/off button, and holding it for an extended period of time, the system did not turn on. Instead, it rather remained in this idle mode where only the Dim light was on, and so was the clicking. After opening up the system, with the power on, I saw nothing moving. Of course I also turned the Monitor on, which showed nothing, and the light on the monitor seemed to indicate that it was receiving no data at all. The light on the monitor was acting as if the computer wasn't even on...

    I then proceeded to remove the power supply thinking that might have been the problem. I replaced it with another supply which was working. As soon as I plugged the supply in, some things changed. This time the Hard Drive light was blinking...but constantly. Also the green power light that was dim had fully turned on. The Fan on the Power Supply was also running as well. HOWEVER, the fan over the Processor Chip was NOT running. Not only that, that same clicking/poping noise was still coming from that area, and nothing was showing up on the monitor either.

    So, I know it's not the power supply that's the problem. However, what's worrying me is that the Fan over the Processor was not on, and the clicking noise was coming from that area.

    At this point, I'm stumped. What should I do?
  2. teedee

    teedee TS Rookie Posts: 27

    well that sounds seriously unhealthy, if you remove the ram and try turning it on does it post indicating theres no ram installed?
  3. DMC24guy

    DMC24guy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    There's nothing showing up on the's like part of the Computer is on....but the rest isn't.
  4. teedee

    teedee TS Rookie Posts: 27

    but can you get the system to beep at you at all, as that'd be rather helpful, so it can be determined at what level computer says no!
  5. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    If your CPU-Fan is not running, is it full of dust-bunnies? Disconnected somehow?
    The CPU might want to start, but overheats immediately because the fan does not cool it.
    Try cleaning the fan or get another one.
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