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what's a girl to do when her computer won't turn off, or turn on?

By tealeef
Mar 26, 2006
  1. after serching all night to find out why his computer is in limbo, i leave my brother's house without finding needed help. his computer won't turn off...the fan, a couple little lights until he unplugs it from the wall. first, the computer did a restart all by itself, he said, then it would not turn on, except the fan and little lights inside that won't turn off. he took out the hard drive and it functions in his other computer...he puts the hard drive back into the new computer and it will not turn on or completely turn off that fan. he tried the "hold the on/off button for at least five seconds" step and nothing changes. he has had the computer for a year and a half, so he really wants to figure this out. how can he even get it to turn on so he could do a safe start up? so far we cannot find a way to troubleshoot. he have checked the cords, perhaps there was a freeze up that began this loop and that's why the fan stays on? please say this is something you have heard of and there may be a solution. the advice we have found usually goes back to buying a new computer. thanks in advance, tea
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,049   +11

    Welcome to TechSpot

    I'd unplug all drives and add-on cards (such as soundcard if there is one), and try booting then.
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,009

    sometimes you gotta hold button dwn for over 40 sec.
    just for grins after you have done the hardware removal
    remove most of the ram too
    if you know how reset the cmos or bios
    there is jumper on the board for thisread manual carefully
    then boot up without the drive installed go to bios again and reset to deault optimum conditions
    reboot again see if it shuts off and truns on easly now
    turn off and the drive if you get this error again check drive cables
    is this sata or ide
    PSU may be going bad and or could be as simple as the contact switch on case
  4. tealeef

    tealeef TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for your ideas...i passed them onto my brother and i'll post again once i hear back.
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