Tried to set up additional hdd, now computer won't turn on

By ridethefader ยท 6 replies
Aug 28, 2005
  1. Hi guys, I just joined. I think I could have done with looking around on this place BEFORE I buggered up my computer an hour ago. Anyway:

    I just bought a new computer (specs are in my profile) and I was trying to install the hdd from my old computer onto the new one. I was having trouble getting the computer to recognise the hdd and I was told to go into the BIOS and detect it. I did so, and my computer froze when it was detecting, so I turned it off. I checked the connections again and went to turn my computer on again, only it wouldn't turn on. There is nothing to indicate that it's receiving power at all, no lights, nothing. It's like it's not connected to any power source at all. As far as I can tell all the wires are connected properly. I've tried to turn it on with both hard drives disconnected but that doesn't do anything either. Can anyone enlighten me with some possible solutions?

    Thanks for reading.
  2. urbandragon

    urbandragon TS Rookie Posts: 231

    disconnect power from back of computer then try resetting your bios jumper.. move the jumper to clear cmos then hold power button in the on position for aprox 30-60 seconds.

    move jumper back to normal, plug power back in and see what happens
  3. ridethefader

    ridethefader TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Nope, that didn't work. Thanks though!
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    I fairly old pc the PSU may just have gave up the ghost.
    if you have a mulitimeter test the psu after normal power on
    and or try bypassing the button vary carefully momentarly jumper the contacts check the back of psu make sure switch is in on pos
    does the psu fan come on?
  5. ridethefader

    ridethefader TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It's a brand new computer so if it is the PSU then I must have fried it.
  6. patio

    patio TS Guru Posts: 482

    Set that drive up on IDE2 by itself...does this make a difference ? ?
    Note: If that drive has XP on it it will only boot properly on the machine that XP was installed on. There are workarounds but let's get it to be recognised first.

    patio. :cool:
  7. ridethefader

    ridethefader TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah I've done that already, no dice. I think I might just take it into a store and get it fixed, this is beyond me...
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