odd problem

By sellmesanity ยท 5 replies
Dec 15, 2006
  1. Hey everyone, I built my friend a PC a couple months ago and now it is having a weird problem where he has to turn the power switch in the back of the power supply on and off for the computer to turn on with the push of the it's tower's button. Only sometimes does it do this, it turns on normal about half of the time. Could the PSU be the culprit?
  2. sellmesanity

    sellmesanity TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 162

    Oh yeah here are the specs if at all important:

    Antec Smart Power 500w psu
    Epox 9npaJ mobo
    evga 6800gt
    2gb Corsair Value Select memory
    Athlon 64 3700+ 939
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes the power supply could be the problem. Try resetting the CMOS. Sometimes the power on signal gets messed up coming from the motherboard
  4. sellmesanity

    sellmesanity TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 162

    Thanks for your reply, I really appreciate it. I will test this ASAP and get back with you, it might take a week being that he lives far away, but we will see. First I will do that, then if that doesnt work, replace the PSU...if that doesn't fix it, I should replace the motherboard next?
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I don't think the motherboard will be bad, but if the CMOS reset and the power supply replacement don't correct the problem, you only have the motherboard left. Try checking the power connections to the motherboard before you do anything else
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Has it occurred to you that you might have a lousy start-button at the front of the PC?
    These are normally very cheap bits of junk, that easily malfunction!
    Nothing so drastic as a bad motherboard, perhaps the connecting cable (switch-mobo) has come loose!
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