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  • URGENT - WTF just happened to my PC

    Posting from my laptop right now...

    A few minutes ago, I was playing Resident Evil 5 on my desktop and all of a sudden, the screen went black and the fans seemed to turn off as if the PC crashed and had shut down. Then I noticed that the PC's power indicator LED was still on and the fans were barely on, as if I'd turned them down to low RPM.

    So I pressed a few keys and nothing happened. In fact, none of the USB devices are showing any signal (no lights active on keyboard, mouse, external HDD) and neither is the monitor (power LED is flashing rather than solid). Despite all this, the PC's power LED is solid and the fans are still running slowly.

    So I do a hard reboot and nothing changes. I turn off the power supply, unplug it, leave it for a couple minutes, turn it back on and still nothing changes.

    I opened up the enclosure and nothing smells burnt and when I turn on the PC, all the fans are still running so the mobo is still providing them power.


    WTF has happened; I'm freaking out a bit.
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    • #3
      Is it posting? In other words, do you get the motherboard manufacture screen before the Windows startup logo where you can enter bios, boot options, etc.?

      If not: Possible bad power supply, bad mobo, or maybe bad proc.

      If so: Possible bad hard drive, bad power supply (to hard drive), critical windows error, etc.

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      • #4
        Hard to tell without looking at it, but it sounds like your power supply has went out. Could also be a burned out motherboard too. Quickest easiest fix is to plug a known good power supply in and go from there. They sell power supply testers too if you wanted to go that route.
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        • #5
          Sounds like you fried something. I'd open it up and look around. See if you can find the smell. Most likely you fried the power supply...An easy fix.
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          • #6
            Hard to tell without looking at it, but it sounds like your power supply has went out. Could also be a burned out motherboard too. Quickest easiest fix is to plug a known good power supply in and go from there. They sell power supply testers too if you wanted to go that route.


            No other power supplies here, only other PCs in the house are laptops. Really hoping this is all this covered under warranty if something's ****************ed up...
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            • #7
              Power off. Unplug it. Static bracelet. Reseat sata cable to boot drive. Try again.
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              • #8
                Sounds like you fried something. I'd open it up and look around. See if you can find the smell. Most likely you fried the power supply...An easy fix.


                Can't find any smell anywhere and sniffed around a bunch inside.

                One other thing to note is that the CD drives still open and close...if that's important at all.


                And I'll try that, Loop.
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                • #9
                  Dead power supply would be my first guess, followed by dead video card.
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                  • #10
                    Nothing happens at all when I boot up, just black screen.


                    Power supply or mobo would be my guess....probably the power supply.....MAYBE the vid card, but that's more rare. The good thing is that your data is probably OK.

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                    • #11
                      A little tip...if your computer fails to post, the very first thing you should check is to make sure the RAM is properly seated. RAM can become unseated due to temperature changes (I've seen it happen lots of times even when the ram is "locked" in) and the computer will basically do nothing when you try to turn it on. Some motherboards will beep 3 times to tell you that the RAM is improperly installed. Pull the RAM sticks out, wipe the contacts with a dry cloth and reinstall them, making sure they're seated all the way into the sockets.
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                      • #12
                        Can't find any smell anywhere and sniffed around a bunch inside.

                        One other thing to note is that the CD drives still open and close...if that's important at all.


                        And I'll try that, Loop.


                        If the drives still open, and it's not posting, I'm almost certain it's the SATA connection to the boot drive. My computer did the exact same thing a few months ago, and this fixed it.
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                        • #13
                          Can't find any smell anywhere and sniffed around a bunch inside.

                          One other thing to note is that the CD drives still open and close...if that's important at all.


                          And I'll try that, Loop.


                          Opps sorry you said nothing smells burnt..lol.
                          First thing I would just is hooking a new power supply into it. If that doesnt work try a different video card. If that doesnt work your ****************ed! Lots of other good suggestions on here as well.
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                          • #14
                            If the drives still open, and it's not posting, I'm almost certain it's the SATA connection to the boot drive. My computer did the exact same thing a few months ago, and this fixed it.


                            The drives will open and close with only power and no data connection. So basically that wouldn't tell you anything except if the CD drive is getting power.
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                            • #15
                              The drives will open and close with only power and no data connection.


                              Exactly. Which is why I don't think it's the power supply.
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