Bizarre PC Issue

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  1. trevelfarandwide

    trevelfarandwide Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I've only had my Zoostorm PC for 2 years, and just before Xmas I went to switch it on and I was met with no visual output, no sound of the AC fan firing up, nothing. Blank screen, no processing, nothing.

    At first I thought perhaps the graphics card had gone tits up, but since the CPU isn't even firing up, is a motherboard issue perhaps?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. Nick

    Nick Administrator

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    Is it not power supply if there's nothing+
     
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    trevelfarandwide Well-Known Member

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    The power light is on, there's a faint whirring now I'm actually listening to it, but no AC kicking in and no visual output. Very odd, never seen this in 15 years of owning PCs.
     
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    It's fucked
     
  5. Nick

    Nick Administrator

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    Any lights on the motherboard?
     
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    trevelfarandwide Well-Known Member

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    Haven't had time to open it up or anything, so I'm not sure about the motherboard - but I'm guessing it's pretty much bolloxed, like Stu said. Just thought I'd see if anyone had an idea on what it was, and if it was salvageable. Weird, really, it's only a 2 year old system?

    Have to rip the fucker hard drive out then, ugggh.
     
  7. westofrayne

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    check the internal power supply. The supplies can often go tits up. if you have a multimeter you can check to see if the 5 and 12v are being supplied from it, if no 5 and 12v then its the power supply. if 5 and 12v is OK the it could be one of your peripheral cards, check they are all seated ok. if all still knacker then you could be looking at your motherboard.

    if the PC is one from ebay/or the like then I would start with the internal power supply as I have found they are nearly always under powered, you can pick up new PSUs online cheaply.

    General Maintenance - is it dusty inside the PC, if so and every 6 months vacuum out the PC cleaning the fans and the cooling fan on the CPU.

    good luck
     
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    dutchman Well-Known Member

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    In my experience every PC is salvageable, how much you're willing to spend on salvaging it is another matter. Prebuilt computers always come with the cheapest PSU they think they can get away with. Changing them is easy but quality PSUs are expensive which is why they don't fit them in the first place. You can often get away with a cheap replacement - provided it has the right power connectors, not all of them do.
     
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    trevelfarandwide Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your assistance, gents.

    Zoostorm PC's aren't generally even a middle-tier quality PC, cheap parts and whatnot; might see what's shaking with the power supply and motherboard before I rip the hard drive out and bin the tower. To be honest, it hasn't been a particularly good PC; random restarts, USB ports failing without any errors apparent in device manager and for gaming the clock speed was abysmal for HD games.

    Again, thanks for the replies chaps.
     

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