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Old 02-14-2003, 07:37 AM   #16
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I have an electronic boat anchor here now. The power switch won't even turn on the ready light on my motherboard. It sure seems like a virus to me. Maybe something from gnutella? I don't know, but I have an expensive piece of crap on my desk now. Damn it!

What have I got to do now, replace motherboard and hd?
 
Old 02-14-2003, 07:56 AM   #17
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Maybe it's the power supply. Do you guys think that the behavior I saw could have been caused by a dying power supply? How might I check this theory? It would be good news, I think. Probably wishful thinking.
 
Old 02-14-2003, 03:07 PM   #18
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Well, try pinging the powersupply.

Just kidding. But inorder to test the powersupply, you need a multimeter. Or try and plug it in to another desktop you may have access to. Or get a new power supply , plug it in and power up to see if it works. I'm just thowing ideas at you, things I would try doing. Well, the power supply being the beast that software doesnt seem to be able to tame..
 
Old 02-14-2003, 03:11 PM   #19
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shouldnt this be in the security category
 
Old 02-14-2003, 03:26 PM   #20
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or the hardware category, at this stage!
 
Old 02-15-2003, 03:04 PM   #21
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OK, maybe I put it in the wrong place. I apologize for that.

It turns out it was only the power supply--piece of crap I guess that came with case. Got a new one this morning and installed it. All is well.

Now my only problem is wondering how healthy it is for me to get soooo bummed out without my computer.

Thanks!
 
Old 02-15-2003, 06:21 PM   #22
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That's good.

One day a few years ago I was using my IBM laptop and the battery started running down. It was plugged in and should have been working fine. I quickly copied my work onto a CD as the thing faded away.

Took it to a shop where they tested the power supply. Nothing wrong there. Got home and it worked again. Then stopped. The shop said it was the motherboard. Flat charge of 200 pounds (~300 dollars) was required. Instead of paying that kind of money I investigated further.

Rang up IBM - they said it was probably the motherboard. I bought a new power supply. It's worked fine ever since. The IBM power supply packs are complex - they chop the current up with thyristors and an array of transformers - not really user serviceable - and very prone to knocks etc.

The moral is that even experts get it wrong, especially if it's being diagnosed remotely. But certainly I'll know what to look for next time.

 
  


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