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Power died in middle 8.1 installation

Q: Power died in middle 8.1 installation

Hi all,

was in the process of installing 8.1 on my home pc when the power shut off in my house. Of course this would happen. I upgraded from Vista using the digital upgrade thing early last year, and since I have no physical cd/flash drive available, is it possible to reinstall windows 8 prior to the loading screen?

When i try to start it up it and get an error with bad_system_config_info so something got corrupt when my power went out. It goes through trying to repair it then suggests I system restore however it just gets stuck at the w8 loading screen for 20 minutes now. I don't have anything on the pc i can't do without, i Just want to reinstall it/boot into a safe mode so I could reinstall windows that way.

What are my options here?

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A: Power died in middle 8.1 installation

If you need to download 32bit Windows 8, download from a 32bit PC.
If you need to download 64bit Windows 8, download from a 64bit PC.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

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Xp Pro reboots at the 32 minutes remaining mark. The PC has a rebuilt MB and Power supply from Dell. They were installed and worked very well. Everything run fine for four days. All programs were updated and the PC continued to function properly. My sister went to go online and the problem started. She tried to use the repair in Xp but to no avail. She started the installation process and it started this reboot problem in the Installation stage at 32 minutes remaining. The fans are running properly, the memory and cpu has passed a check. Any suggestions.

A:XP Pro reboots in the middle of installation

G'Day OldStudent, Welcome to TSF!

Stopping at the 32 minute mark of the installation, suggests to me that there might be an overheating problem that forces the 'shut down'.
Please tell us the make and wattage output of the Power Supply Unit, as well as, how much RAM is installed.
Listing these items might help to eliminate them from the equation.

Kind Regards,

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Hey, i tried installing Lord of the rings: Battle for middle earth II on windows Vista and everytime it stops at 22% in the installation process saying that is couldnt copy a file called music.big from the media.

I tried installing it on XP and it worked.. so can u plz suggest something to complete the installation successfully ?


A:Battle for Middle Earth II Installation

Try running the setup file in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode.

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I'm having the same problem as this guy http://forums.techguy.org/games/624020-battle-middle-earth-ii-installation.html
(Cannot copy file music.big)

The asnwer there was to run the setup file in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode. (I run autorun in this mode--> no file named 'setup' on disc)
I tried that and I still have the same problem...

Any other ideas I might try?


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Not sure if this goes here or the recovery section, but this seemed to fit. Anyways, I'm in a bit of a pickle:my laptop has been plauged with some kinda virus for months, and my attempts at removing it had all been futile, so I gave up and resolved to simply reinstall my copy of Windows 7. I copied all my files onto an external HD but didn't set up any restore points or anything like that. I figured i didn't need to.

That was a terrible decision. I started a clean install, and it proceeded smoothly until the final stage "completing installation". It stayed on that step for about half and hour and I was wondering if it froze or something when I remembered that I had forgotten to backup one of my folders. I panicked and turned the machine off, and turned it back on, navigating the menus in a vain attempt at recovering said folder. I was unsucessful but I did happen to notice on one of those screens that my hard drive still filled up to the same capacity, plus about 10 gigabytes. That gave me some hope that the folder still resided somewhere on my hard drive. And so that's where I am right now: my installation was insucessful but I am hesitant to complete it before knowing what I can do about recovering that folder. Is there any possibility of recovering said folder or should I just move on and try to learn from this experience?

A:Recovering files in the middle of an installation

Welcome to Seven Forums concretedonkies, You might give this a look to see if it will help.

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I started installing windows xp and some of the files were not copied which screwed up the installation process.I'm thinking it was cuz my disk was scratched, but I have others. So i wanna do a repair but everytime i restart my computer it will not give me the option to boot from my disk. And yes, i went into the BIOS and changed the settings to boot from the disk first. Now all it does is continue at the part where installation stopped asking for the missing files and then of course, I get an error because the files are missing.

A:Stuck in the middle of windows XP installation

Try another XP disk.

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so i started installing windows vista it goes through the hole install perfectly then when it is about 80% done doing the completing installation my monitor just turns off and i get no video my monitor just says no signal and turns off and then the PC restarts and it shows the boot screen and then again monitor turns off and if i try going to safe mode it says i cant because i have to complete installation what can i do to run vista help please.

PC Specs

Intel core 2 duo 2.13GHz
Asus P5B Deluxe Motherboard
ATi Radeon X1300 Video Card 256 Mb Ram
Western Digital SATA 250 GB HDD

I am also dual botting with windows xp if that matters at all. i would really apreciate any help thanks

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My power supply died a few days ago and I have replaced it. My PC will now boot but will not send a signal (turn on) the monitor. Everything on the PC seems to work but it just will not turn on signal to the monitor. I have tried two different monitors with the same result.




A:Power supply died, now monitor will not power on

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Hello there,
I got LOTR:Battle for middle earth and as I see other people as well have the same problem when installing this game. The problem is as follows: When installing it gets stuck at 64% when it says "Current file: Support/*.*" And then I get an error message saying "A problem occured when trying to transfer the file 'E:Support/sv/?smig.txt' from the media. Do you want to retry to copy the file or cancel the installation?"

Anybody knows how the solution to this??

A:Installation problem - Battle for Middle Earth

is this from a disk if is chewck for scratches and clean it

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Hello, I'm haveing a problem with my Battle For middle earth installation. It goes all good at first but when i get to the 2nd Disc at 33% it says it cant find a file, something called Big_movie with alpha or something. Please help

A:Installation problems w/ Battle For middle earth

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Well as title states after i had major problems with my pc i formatted my c drive and reinstall a clean XP professional,
After i was trying to install cod2 everything seemed normal in the middle of the installation screen pc doesnt popup or anything it just reboots right in the middle,
its driving me insane no idea what to do,

Any help?

A:PC reboots middle in installation of Call Of Duty 2

tried doing it again? u mentioned that u ve had major problems before..
what kinds exactly did u incinuate?

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I downloaded TweakUI for Windows 2000. I installed it and it worked fine. Now, due to some major reconfigurations I want, I have repartitioned my drive and am reloading Windows 2000 and everything over again.

When I click on the TweakUI.cpl file, it says it needs to be run from the Control Panel and asks "yes" or "no" if I want to do it. I've answered "yes" many times to as many attempts to set it up; but, there is no TweakUI in the Control Panel. I've also tried a complete shutdown and restart from cold boot. It does no good.

This problem will occasionally pop up with other programs. Although Easy CD Creator did install correctly this time, it and just a very few other programs (TweakUI, in this case) installations will die before getting started good.

Any idea how to fix this? Right now, I need a solution for TweakUI for Windows 2000.

A:{RESOLVED}TweakUI installation dies in the middle

The installation for tweakui is to right click on the tweakui.inf file and choose install. Is that what you are doing?

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Okay, this is my first Tech Support Post ever because I can usually find the solution on the netm but not this time.

I recieved a computer from my Aunty and it had a virus and she didn't kow the password. I had to hack into the computer, change the password and remove the virus, at first I tried removing it manually. Bad Idea, it was one the creates a random 8-digit name DLL file and duplicates to a different name. I then tried 3 seperate virus removers and removed, but in manually trying to remove it, I deleted some drivers. I didn't actually know this because it worked fine until a few months ago, then it started screwing up.

I have only just got a new XP so I tried to uninstall the old one, BAD IDEA!!!!. I didn't know how to go into safe mode (to uninstall it hopefully because it wasn't in Control Panel) so I used the BOOT.INI tab to automatically boot up in safe mode. BAD IDEA!!!!!!!!. I then just realise I could put the disk in straight away and not uninstall the old one, but repair it. Unfortunately, mid-way it said it could not continue in safe mode and must restart, but because I set it to automatically start in safe mode, it continues looping, I can't go into the old XP because a WINDOWS32 file is corrupted, and I can't install the new one because of safe mode.

And yes, I have used F8 to change it back to normal but it still goes to safe mode, I know ***. Anyway, I majorly need help.

P.S. This is my mum's computer if you're wondering how I'm on... Read more

A:Help Middle of New XP Installation stuck in safe mode

You should be able to use Recovery Console to run fixboot and fixmbr;


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I'm gonna try to make this short. I started installing windows xp and some of the files were not copied which screwed up the installation process. Ok, not a big deal, I'm thinking it was cuz my disk was scratched, but I have others. So i wanna do a repair but everytime i restart my computer it will not give me the option to boot from my disk. And yes, i went into the BIOS and changed the settings to boot from the disk first. Now all it does is continue at the part where it has that countdown on how long its gonna take for XP to install, and then of course, I get an error because the files are missing. Anyways, I really just need to get this to boot from my disk so i can do a repair! If anyone can help me it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks,


A:[SOLVED] Stuck in the middle of windows XP installation

SOLVED. Fixed my own problem. I took out the hard drive, started it up, turned it off, put the hard drive back in, started it up again, and it gave me the option to boot from disk again. GO ME!

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This version of Windows Media Technologies is incompatible with this version of Windows.

I wan tthe 10th one cause i deleted 11 since it wasnt working and now 10 doesn twork cause i cant install it help me

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I'm having the same problem as this guy http://forums.techguy.org/games/624020-battle-middle-earth-ii-installation.html
(Cannot copy file music.big)

The asnwer there was to run the setup file in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode. (I run autorun in this mode--> no file named 'setup' on disc)
I tried that and I still have the same problem...

Any other ideas I might try?


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It's my sister's computer, and the day before yesterday out of no where the WIfi button was gone. only the ethernet option's available. When I go into change adapter setting, I can only see the ethernet option which we don't use. then I went into device manager, in the drop down menu of network adapter does not have the wifi it has realtek PCle FE Family Controller then I went to your website, put in the serial number of the computer, downloaded the Realtek RTL8723BE and RTL8188EE 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Drivers then I tried to install it into the desktop. a new folder gets created in the C drive : SWSETUP but that's it. The cmd screen pops up, asking me to please wait, then the realtek  wireless lan software- installation wizard pops up after with the screen saying it's preparing the installation wizard then it just crashes with no error sign.  I did the disk clean, wiped computer, then ran a few other diagnosis as said on your community and on google, but it's not working. 

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I had just bought Lord of The Rings Battle For Middle Earth II last year, and had to uninstall it. Now, I try to install it, and it freezes on 0% on some support file. I have Windows Xp, and it worked fine the first time I installed it, and I have not done anything different than the first time Please Help! :0)

A:Lord Of The Rings Battle For Middle earth II Installation Problem


Maybe your disk is scratched and so some files are broken.

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I was working on my laptop that I have probably used like 6 times since I purchased it in 2015. Shut down in the middle of use and will not power back on

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I cannot believe my luck - shutting down my computer windows vista says it is installing the latest updates (do not switch off power) and then bang, there's a power cut !

Now when I switch the machine on it is trapped in an endless loop of trying to finish the installation, finding a problem so it restarts. I have tried breaking into windows as the machine boots up but nothing seems to stop the looping.
safe mode has the same problem
bringing up system restore only gives me a choice of rolling back the last 2 checkpoints - and neither will complete without an error.

I'm stuck - and would rather avoid attempting to use a restore OS option unless there's no other way.

Any suggestions ?

A:machine died during windows update installation

There is way to stop this loop:METHOD THREE from this link:The update is not installed successfully, you receive a message, and the computer restarts when you try to install an update in Windows Vista

see also helpful link how to edit registry remotely from WinRE (from post 17)
Can't Delete Registry Key

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K, I was playing SimCity 4 and my computer just turned off and then turned right back on. Is it the power supply or something else? I was watching TV and that had no problems, so it wasn't the power. It's a new computer with a ThermalTake power supply 420W, AMD64, Serial ATA HD.


A:Computer turned off in the middle of SimCity. Bad power supply?

Could be a heat related issue with your graphics card. If it gets too hot it might freeze or shut itself down and the PC. Make sure you are getting proper cooling, and things aren't too hot in your case.

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Hey guys Ive been having problems with my computer some how the ups got stopped so my computer will shut down after while even though im using a surge protector. Well I used system restore point to restore it to a point that i didnt have the problems hoping the ups wouldnt be stopped, well just my luck the computer cut out, now windows won't even boot up?
Where should i start?

A:help power cutoof in middle of reboot now windows xp won't load


I would clear the CMOS first to see if that helps and when it comes back up, set it to the default setting.

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Presently have this power supply:

Antec BP500U ATX 12V 500W Power Supply


Computer overheats and shuts down. On checking, the fan in the power supply stopped working. Looking to replace the power supply with a different brand. The fan in this one was LOUD.

I'm running an Intel Core i7.

Does it matter what brand/type I replace the power supply with? (I see 550w, 600w, dual power. Should I consider any of these?)

Are there any recommended brands/models that keep it very cool and very quiet?

A:Power Supply Fan Died

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The HDD and Power LEDs on one of my computers have "died"
i.e. they no longer work. Both of them stopped working at the
same time. It's an old SOYO SY-6BA+III board. Everything else
seems to be working just fine..... any ideas?.... could something
have burned out / died to cause this?
Oh yes.... have checked the wires

A:My HDD and Power LEDs have died - help

Thanks Per Hansson.... yup, connected them to a 9v battery and
they are dead.... I'll raid some off an old case that I have laying
Thanks again.


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My buddy was on his computer when it just up and shut off, and now it won't power back on. The motherboard LED won't even come on. Anyone know any way to fix it? I'm at a loss.

A:My buddies PC just died. Won't power on.

if you want, lend him your power supply and try booting it with yours instead.

Might be the motherboard as well.

Did he notice any overheating before it happened?

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Hi all,

my power supply died two days ago. By chance, everything else seems in
order, except for the USB ports which act strangely.

I bought a new power supply and installed it. The computer boots normally
and the OS starts without a problem when there is no USB devices plugged to
the motherboard.

If I try to plug something to the USB ports while the computer is on, there
is no problem and all my USB devices work fine.

But if I boot with the USB devices plugged to the motherboard, the computer
doesn't even try to boot (nothing happens when I press the power button).

Someone have a hint?

If the USB ports are not working properly, should I change the motherboard (in case it blows up something else with time) or just disable USB ports and buy a PCI USB card?


A:power supply died

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Hi, this is my first post, so I hope I can explain what happened to my pc clearly. I have an older gateway 450mhz and recently I tried to power it up and nothing happened, like it didn't have power. So I reset my power strip thinking it just tripped the breaker, and it started to come on, I could hear it power up and then it just shut off again, no power, lights or any thing. so I plugged it directly into the wall. and the same thing happened, started to power up, and it was like it would reach a certain power level and trip some kind of internal breaker or something.
Hopefully there's someone out there that knows whats wrong and if its worth fixing..... Thanks alot for any replys

PC is a Gateway 450mhz
With Win XP on a 80gig HD
And Win Millennium on a 2gig separate HD
128 Ram

A:I think my power supply died !

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Relevant specs:
Athlon II X4 640

Okay, so the on-board video on my parents' computer suddenly stopped working. I purchased a dedicated card and attempted to install the driver but was halted by BSoDs on attempts which ultimately led to the hard drive being corrupted from crashing.

The on-board at this point still does not work and I don't think it will. Now, whenever I attempt to reinstall Windows Vista I get a BSoD during installation. I'm unsure how to troubleshoot at this point. It is not the RAM, MemTest ran smoothly.

Here's a picture of the BSoD:

imgur: the simple image sharer

Any help is surely appreciated :D

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While working at my laptop which was connected to mains power it suddenly died nothing works or lights up. There is power going into power adapter. I let sit for some time but still nothing . I received no warning of power getting short if it had switched to battery or something. A completely dead laptop. Anybody any ideas what possible cause could be . I fear it could be expensive. Thx

A:No power - Qosmio X770 died

When you have the power adapter plugged in, does the power LED light up on the notebook?
If no, its probably a Mainboard problem. A Toshiba repair center can replace it but it may be expensive.

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During playing Diablo3 my PC all of a sudden shut down. No bieps, no messages, nothing, just black ... shutdown. Because it was this sudden my first reaction was a power outage in the house. As I was about to check the basement I noticed my screen still was powered on, so it couldn't be an outage.

I tried to turn the PC back on, but pressing the power button didn't do anything.

I did notice the top of the case was pretty warm (not auch warm) but still pretty warm. It's always been like this ever since I bought the PC.

I opened the side of the case and didn't really notice any burning smells or anything, but again, the inside of the case was pretty warm.

Now after a couple of hours the PC still won't power on, so something is probably broke.

I'm a complete hardware noob, so how do I go about checking what is broken?
Is it the PSU? Or the motherboard?

When the PSU is 'on' I can see a green LED light on the motherboard. Is this possible when there is something wrong with the PSU, that the motherboard still gets power?

I'm willing to make the bet and buy a new PSU (because the current one is an unnamed PSU that was included with the low budget case).

Is there anything I can do to check components as a newb?

A:PC suddenly died on me, won't power on anymore

It sounds like your computer has overheated which is why the computer all of a sudden shut down. Try checking to make sure you've got some grey thermo stuff on the CPU.

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I built this new computer about a month ago.
core i5 2500k
GTX 570
8gb of ram
Windows 7
Old Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...ords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-NA-_-NA

It's a pretty by the book build. Last night though, I walked into my room and noticed the power off, and it wouldn't turn on. I opened it up, checked all the connectors, gave it another shot, and nothing.

My old computer had a 750 watt Cooler Master (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171024) in it, so i took that out and tossed it into the new system while I wait for OCZ To send me a new PSU. Everything seemed great, I did my normal tasks for the rest of the night. When I launched Battlefield 3 though, the PSU actually makes a very odd buzzing noise. I don't remember this at all from my old computer. The red warning light doesn't go on or anything, it just buzzes. It also happens in Dungeon Defenders. The second I turn either game off, it stops.

Right now I'm back to basic tasks, but is this just due to the extra load from the new system? My old computer probably could have run fine off something much weaker than 750w (it had 8800 gt / Q6600), so I'm wondering if this it's just finally getting a workout or something. It has always run fine, I'm not sure why it would act up in the new comp. I'm sort of stuck until OCZ Gives me a replacement. Is it safe to run this thing?

A:Power Supply Died, Replaced With Old One

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My daughter's Dell 1737 refuses to turn on. For the past few days, the computer would turn off without warning but she was able to restart it without issue. At one point, she notice a burning smell. Today it died completely. Pressing the on button has no effect. She cannot recall if she heard the fan running or not or if the computer feels hot.

Other background;

Removing the battery and running on AC does not work.

The power switch is new (due to replacing the back cover six months ago).

The ac charger is new (less than 6 months old) and the blue LED on the cord lights up. When plugged in, the white light on the computer comes on and goes off immediately.

The battery is original. Probably wearing out but running on AC is okay for now. When I push the test button on the battery, I get at least 3 leds lighting up.

Inverter, keyboard and LCD power cable have been replaced.

I am not sure where to start. My gut says power supply board. I would think a bad fan would not prevent the system from trying to start. A dead MB is a possibility but wouldn't I see some signs when trying to power up such as flashing leds?

I would like to fix this since she needs for school every day. I do not want to replace it since she is going to college next year and the college might want a certain brand.

Any ideas?

A:Dell 1737 died - will not power up

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4 year old laptop wasn't charging properly, it was being very fussy about the exact position of the power cable in the socket. It has what looks like a pretty common power connector for lenovo, which is a USB sized hole with a single centre pin. I looked into the laptop socket and saw that as well as the conductor for the centre pin and the outer sides, there was also 4 little tines on each side between the centre and the edge which were clearly all bent off in wrong directions (looked like an old toothbrush inside) I'm guessing the centre pin is +ve, the tines are -ve and the outer connections are just mechanical/shielding. I straightened these all out with a pencil but I think I must have momentarily shorted something as now the laptop shows absolutely no signs of life when I hit the power button. Tried various tricks I've read online about various sequencies of hitting the power button with the battery in and out but no luck. The laptop was fully charged before I started this, but I didn't disconnect the battery before starting which I probably should have. So I'm guessing I've shorted the power rails on that connector. What damage have I likely done? I'm amazed that there can be a design where very flimsy pins inside an external connector which are clearly easily bent can cause such damage if they touch another pin 2mm away from them. Is there any way to save this laptop? If it's a case of replacing an SMD fuse soldered onto the motherboard I can do th... Read more

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My son was playing a game on our Dell XPS 2720 when all of a sudden the computer just died.  Now when we press the power button, the power button does not light up and it sounds like the only thing that turns on is the fan for the power supply.  There is a small green light at the back of the computer underneath where the power cord is plugged in that is lit.  Otherwise, there is no other indication of life.  I have tried unplugging the machine and holding down the power button for 15 seconds, but that does nothing.
Anyone have any suggestions of what to try next?

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I have a 6.5 yr old e9180t which the power supply died on me this weekend. The unit has an interesting history. The mother board was defective when I bought it and they had to finally replace it along with thousands of others. This unit coined the term inherently defective with google at the time. They rolled it our before really vetting it properly. When I looked inside the box when I first got it I noticed how crammed the interior was compared to my previous unit.  This unit has always run HOT. After years of the heat build up I eventually just removed the side panel due to the heat. So when the power supply died this weekend I discovered another big design problem with this unit. For the first time I removed the top plastic panel . . .  this panel completely hid and covered a vent for the power supply the whole time! The vent was completely covered with thick dust. I literally had to peel the dust off this area. I always used air to blow the dust way inside but since there was no vent visible I had no idea about this issue and never saw the need to remove the top plastic cover.  So I plan to replace the power supply and have two questions. 1. First what is a good replacement? I see that EVGA makes these power supplys where both ends of the wires are plug in which seems like a perfect DIY approach. The current dead power supply was a Samsung 460watt HD642jj. I use two 27" hp monitors with this unit and work on graphics mostly during the da... Read more

A:Need to replace an overheated power supply that died for my ...

After posting this I thought about the issue with the power supply and HP must have installed the power supply upside down and that is why this power supplied died and why this unit was always super hot. I just looked at the power supply and yep I think it was upside down. For years I have been plugging this in on the upper right hand side not the left hand side. The only person who has worked on this computer was the guy who was hired by HP to replace the motherboard after two months since the board was defective from the get go. I wonder if he had taken it out and put it back in wrong? I don't know since I thought HP and the guy knew what they were doing and I had no idea to keep a close eye on how the power supply should be. Unbelievable! 

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Hi. This is the story. In the middle of my son using the computer, it just shut down. I came down to the room where it was a minute later, tried flipping the master switch on the surge protector off and on, then pressed to power button on the case. It started up. A few minutes later my son called me again because it had shut down again. The former trick didn't work. Here's what I've tried:

Flipping the I/O switch on the power supply both ways and trying to power up.
Unplugging the power supply from the surge protector and plugging it with another cord directly into the wall outlet. Then flipping that I/O switch again.

Nothing happened. Does this sound like it's the power supply?

A:Computer died!! Is this a power supply problem?

I`m afraid it does sound like the psu has gone bad.

However, the only way to tell for sure, is to try another psu, and hope that`s all it is.

Regards Howard

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I have 3 computers; the one I'm on now which is plugged into a surge protector, one in an office that is just for checking email and such, and a system behind the TV running linux and MythTV for PVR functions. Besides the one I'm on now the other two are just plugged into the wall, due to the fact that I'm lazy and didn't buy more surge protectors. Please do not patronize me about not hooking them up to surge protectors...I really don't care right now.

After last night both computers that are not on surge protectors exhibit the same exact problem (which to me is very strange). The power button has no effect, they will start if you plug the cord into the power supply and its switched to ON. Obviously it won't start up if the power supply is switched off. So as soon as you plug in the cord they turn on, all the lights on the front panel (power, HD activity, etc) remain on but the monitor will not turn on and it won't make the "everything is cool" beep sound.

Both computers exhibit that EXACT same problem which allows me to rule out various things such as individual component failure (though I suppose it is possible yet highly improbable).

Are these symptoms of a computer damaged by a power surge or something else? Solutions?

*note: I know my way around computers (I built all three machines from parts) and have checked all the usual things (connections, etc.). Yes, I'm an ***** for not plugging them all into surge pro... Read more

A:Two computers died overnite...power surge?

Try a working PSU in those dead bodies. If you're lucky, the fuse inside the unprotected PSUs may have blown. Worst case, you can play Scrapheap Challenge.

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Bit of a long story for this but bear with me.

I was playing a game this past sunday when my main pc lost it's power, after it died I heard what sounded like metal hitting metal within my case, I took my power supply out and took it apart to find what looked like a coil wrapped around a plastic tube, half burned, so I guess it melted itself off. It was my fault as the inside had tons of dust clogging the fans and vents. Luckily I had a backup for just such a problem, I borrowed the power supply within this secondary pc, it has a 1000watt psu(sli ready) whereas my old had a 600w(also sli ready), I figured it would be a more than suitable temporary psu until the replacement I ordered arrived.

However for whatever reason it won't work in my main pc, whenever I boot it up, everything seems fine but after so much time of being in use the pc just loses power. If I do nothing it will stay on, if I do anything other than idling it loses power. If I scan using MSE it always crashes around 7 minutes or so of scanning but spybot can scan completely, if I browse it tends to take a bit longer to crash (around 30 minutes more or less). I have ran a temperature detector in the background as I scanned and did other things and nothing ever went above 50C so I'm fairly certain that it isn't a heat problem.

To be honest I've been pretty lucky with most of my past pc's, I've had this one for about 8 1/2 months and other than a few random crashes this has ... Read more

A:Power supply died, backup won't work.

THat is frequently a result of a power supply burning out. Especially if it was a lower quality manufacturer PSU

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Hi everyone,

I went to my PC this morning to discover it refused to turn on, and no response of any kind happening (no sounds, lights or fans operating).

My initial thoughts were that the PSU had died... so I went and picked up a new PSU, which didn't change anything. Still no response.

I'm now assuming the motherboard is faulty.


some factors that may or may not have anything to do with the cause of the problem:

- Dust - when I opened up the case there was a lot (almost a blanket) of dust in my zalman CPU fan, graphics card and also a little generally within the case. Although I hadn't experienced any artifacts suggesting stuff was overheating (plus it's damn cold in my house this time of year, so that probably helped)

- There was a powercut during the night - somehow this might have triggered what's caused the fault? I also had set my PC to sleep as per usual, instead of switching it off.

- The extra Front panel USB ports on the top of my case stopped working about 2 days before. I accidently tripped over a USB device plugged into it, and it twisted the port slightly, but still carried on working for the rest of the day, but at some point it stopped and I had to only use the back ports.

Is there any suggestions you guys have to find the cause of the problem?



A:Suddenly died - no power or motherboard response

Hi Mike. The power cut you mention is interesting. Did the fuse in your house trip? Are other items in the room working off the same plugs?..because thats happened to me before.

Oooh, dust will kill in the long run if it's not cleaned...

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ok so my pc bas been running fine since i built it- no errors. Then to day i was playing an online game when the power kicked out then back on. My comp is on a surge protector so i figured no big deal. I turn it on it starts to boot, then I get this

For Realtek RTL8111B/8168B Gigabit Ethernet Controller.
Pxe-E61: Media Test Failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting

I've tried switching the boot up order and all and it doesnt tell me anything different. Some I think said they could still log onto their pc but i cannot- any suggestions?
the reason I posted this again because I did find a few threads on this, but mine seems to be different in the fact my pc was working and already built.

A:Comp died with a pxe error after power outage

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I have a Lenovo Thinkcenter i7 M92 that worked a while ago and when I turned around to work on another computer, it apparently turned off and now the power will not come back on. The power button wont even light up, nor will the lights where the network cable plugs in. Have tried different outlets, different power cords. I am thinking it is a power supply issue but I cannot find a power supply to order. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Lenovo Thinkcenter M92 - Power supply died???

I was looking at eBay (I have an older LeNovo), noticed there are a few Internal power supplys there.
How did you make out so far? a couple 200 watts and 230 watts ones.

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So i had my pc tech stick my mini ITX board into a new case and all is working good, but i notes he turned off a setting in the bios he told bios to not halt on errors, i went and turned it on and i see the reason he did is due to the power sensor not being there anymore, as it had a power board in it that distributed power to the system, and i can see on the mini itx board were it would have been. so i called him up and he said it wont hurt anything he set it like that so it would not be annoying to me, that the board is fine and working correct it just had a sensor that is not there anymore. so should i leave the halt on all errors off, or turn it back on and just hit the F1 key to bypass it. does it hurt anything to have it off he says it does not, and mine was a special case as there was nothing we could do about it. as the sensor was on the dead power board and dell wanted way to much money for it so i just gutted the x51 and the machine has been working great, and runs even better.

A:so i gutted my alienware x51 as the power board died had ?

I always use "Halt on all errors" because I want to know in advance of OS loading if something is amiss, but it really has nothing to do with reliability and speed of going thru POST or loading OS and it's further operation. If everything is working right it all comes down to personal preference.

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2 days ago the power outlet that my computer was placed into was kinda half exploding. And the "lightning protector" that was attached into it died. I was trying to connect the computer to a different power outlet , and the computer won't turn on.
Not sure what happend... So Idk what to do... Should I buy a new power supply and see if everything is ok? Or just give the computer to some lab and have em to "make it work" ??

A:computer died / power supply replacement

Anyone? No sense? It's not like a genius question. Just kind of a "your opinion"

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I have a 7537 laptop, that just died after powering on.  I was on airplane, on a fully charged battery, It booted, I went to connect to Airplane Wifi and poof, just blacked out.
So before someone, asks,  yes the battery was fully charged, no there are not any lights on. I pulled the battery and then just tried the ac adapted after I arrived to my hotel.

After googling this issue, I am seeing this is a common issue and Dell does not have an answer for it. other than replacing the motherboard.

any suggestions would help especially since this is financed threw Dell still.

A:7537 Laptop died after boot and wont power on

I just had a similar problem with a Latitude E5570. Here's what worked for me:
Disconnect the power adapter
Remove the battery
Hold the power button for 5 seconds
Reinstall the battery and try powering on.
Reconnect the power adapter.
My problem was something to do with static flea power.

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I am now in China. My W540 power supply stopped work yesterday. My machine is still under base warranty. What I can do now? It seems there is no IWS (International Warranty Service) here. I cannot understand why. Please help! 

A:traveling in China, W540 power supply died, what I...

I am sure that you can located one in China for fairly cheep, especially since they are probably made there anyway, and then upon your return, have the original replaced under warranty.     Ask around, there must be a computer outlet somewhere that sells parts that can locate one for you in China.    It may be a knockoff, but it will get you by for your trip, just make sure the voltage/amperage match that printed on the original.

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My system has 3 HD's. The SATA is an add on, with a sata pci card, just for storage. The 2 IDE's are setup for dual boot with XP Pro on both(C:drive & D:drive). One is more for gaming, the other is for everthing else. Everything has been fine for several months until my power supply burnt up. I had set up a dvd to burn when I went to bed and the power supply died during the burn process. I replaced the power supply and now cannot get my C: XP to boot completely. I can however boot to my D: XP and access my C:drive and all of its files as well as my SATA storage drive.

On bootup, I select the XP installation that is listed first which is my D:drive, all goes well and evething works. If I select the second installation which is my C:drive all seems well... It shows that Windows XP is loading but when it normally goes to the screen that allows me to enter UserName and Password all I get is a black screen and it just stays like that. No error or reboot... nothing.

Would really hate to reformat(take about 2 days) as I had just got it setup the way I want it. Since ntloader does come up and allows selection would it be safe to assume bootini is ok? Is it probable that the death of my power supply could have cause corruption to kernel32.dll? What say you?

A:Power supply died, 1 of dual boot inaccessible

Have you tried doing a Windows repair on the C: partition?

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