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power went out - what do I look for?

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Joined: 2006-06-19

The power on my desktop suddenly died. I know it's not the surge
protector or the wire. Probably need to open it up tommorow. What
do I look for (other than the obvious loose connection)? How can I
tell if something is bad?

update:
- there is no smell
- there was no "thack" sound when it suddenly poofed out. I wasn't
doing much - just playing online soduko and playing music.
- the "power" is fully dead - I can't turn it back on.

Can you guess on what the problem may be?

Sheng-Chieh

p.s. on my dying laptop - hope it lasts until desktop is fixed.

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Joined: 2006-05-04
Ah these are always tricky.

Ah these are always tricky. I'm not a hardware expert, but what usually helps to at least get the machine running after weird and barely explicable failures is to reset my CMOS chip..

But if you can't even get the power to the computer at all, not even to get the lights and fans up then it might be a PSU failure.

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Joined: 2005-12-20
I'm going to go for PSU

I'm going to go for PSU faliure, but look to see if any LED's are lit up INSIDE the actual computer, would mean powers still getting through and its not the PSU.

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