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Monitor suddenly died, yet there's a faint display....

Q: Monitor suddenly died, yet there's a faint display....

I run a dual monitor setup with two 19" widescreen LCD's. This morning my primary monitor wasn't turning on. After some messing with the cord I got it to turn on. Later on it did it again, but I couldn't get it back on. I ruled out the cord by using a different one, something happened to the monitor itself. At first I thought the screen went out itself, but I managed to set both monitors up as clones and there's a very faint image on it still. I can see the things I'm doing on it, but just barely. Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this problem?

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For a long time it became increasingly difficult for my DCL CD display monitor to fire up. Similar to the way a florescent light fires, it would repeatedly "fire" and die. Eventually it would come to life but now it does not. Are there any suspect components which can be changed such as a capacitor?
S/N 731C2WC1AA2281

A:DCL CD display monitor died.

Capacitors, the inverter, or backlight tube are all possibilities. Bad capacitors usually have bulging tops or bottoms and may have signs of electrolyte leaking from them.
You can get a capacitor replacement kit for around $17 here: http://repairpartskit.com/ocart/capacitor_repair_kit_dclcd_dcl20a

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Tonight I was playing a good old game. I minimized to my desktop while the game was running and pulled open Windows calculator, did some calculator stuff, but then the computer goes into a blue error screen and then restarts. A few moments later, the display on my monitor suddenly turns off as if it were put to sleep. And even if I turn it off cold and restart the computer, nothing appears on the display at all, not even a BIOS logo screen. So weird.

System specs:
AMD E-350 Processor x2 (1.6Ghz)
4GB RAM (upgraded from OEM default 2GB)
500GB Hard Drive
GRAPHICS: AMD Radeon HD 6310
Acer (eMachines)-EL1360G UW12P
bundled with eMachines brand monitor/speakers

A:Monitor display suddenly turns off, can't get the display back

You can try:

- Remove the power cord of monitor and PC for a minute. Not just shut down.
- Clear CMOS if you don't mind reconfiguring the BIOS

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Monitor Display goes off suddenly in between work

A:Monitor Display goes off Suddenly


Originally Posted by Tanvirkhan

Monitor Display goes off suddenly in between work

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Suddenly, no display with monitor on; no No Input Signal message with it disconnected or computer turned off. But sometimes it works!
I have connected the eMachines monitor to another computer, and it works every time. I have connected another monitor to eMachines computer, and it works every time!
An eMachines tech suggested I reseat the memory cards, so I did, but it didn't help. Another suggested a complete system restore is the only remaining option.

A:Suddenly no display at all on monitor

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I have a sony viao laptop and i am working on this for the past 3 years with no problems.

Today i started my laptop and my monitor started showing me white spots and the display started showing big icons and white spots.

I tried restoring the PC to the last working ,did not work.

The display is proper till windows loads, after loading it is gone

Some one please suggest what might be the problem. I have attached the screenshot also

A:Monitor display with full of white spots suddenly

that looks like you need to set the resolution and color depth to me.

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I use 2 monitors (see below). Both worked fine for over a year then the digital monitor suddenly went blank and the computer now has problems booting and displaying. Everything works fine when nothing is connected by HDMI. Both monitors work when connected as analogs (one at a time because I only have one pin connection).

I have confirmed:
There is no malware/virus on my computer.
HDMI cable is fine (I have 2 new cables, and switching cables doesn't change anything).
I think all drivers are up to date
Windows 7 Pro is up to date.

Computer:Dell Vostro 270s, Intel Quad Core i5-3450S CPU @2.80 GHz
Windows 7 Pro with Service Pack 1
Video card Intel HD Graphics FamilyMonitors:Samsung: SD24D300 digital
Dell E2011H generic PnP analogAny suggestions?

A:2 Monitor Display Suddenly Freezes Computer - Can't Connect Via HDMI

System Restore to a date prior to the issue - System Restore

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I have a Dell Inspiron M4050 that had a cracked screen. I have replaced the screen with a second hand one.
However the display is very faint and barely readable.
I have searched online and found that this is either an issue with the screen or the inverter.
I cannot find an inverter on this model.
Am I right in assuming that it's attached to the rear of the screen?

Thanks very much.

A:Very faint LCD display

Hi p5aul789,Thanks for posting.There are several different screens available for that model. Be sure you've purchased the correct screen. You may be able to find what you need from www.parts-people.com.

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 I have installed the below drivers and the colors are very faint on my screen whether on photos or videos. How can I adjust the colors? 

A:Colors on my display are faint?

@wadboram? Calibrate the Display colors: Settings > System > Display > Advanced display settings > color calibration  Change / Adjust background colors or select "High contrast": Control Panel > icon view > Ease of Access > Make the computer easier to see >Personalization > Change the visuals and sounds on your computer  When you see a Post that helps you,Inspires you, provides fresh insight,Or teaches you something new,Click the "Thumbs Up" on that Post. Fixed / Answered? Click that post Accept as Solution to help others find Answers.

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I'm looking at a Samsung 151V 15" LCD. I've plugged it into 3 computers now to make sure it's the monitor and not the card or such. The picture is there, but it is very, very faint. Lot's of straining to make it out. It flashes normal for half a second at start up and I can shine a flash light on it and see the screen. I have tried adjusting the various settings which is very difficult as you can't really see what you're doing at all. (the flashlight makes it a little easier) Any ideas on what the problem might be?

A:Solved: Monitor very faint

The backlight or the invertor is gone.

Its cheaper to get a new one then to have someone fix it for you. You can find 17" LCD's for around a $100.

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Hi there.
I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 and the display is very faint. But you can just about see it if you shine a tourch on it.
I replaced the inverter with a new one, but that did not cure it.
It feeds to an external monitor perfectly, and doing this I have reinstalled Windows xp pro with no problems.
So I presume the laptop is working correctly, and the screen is not damaged, as everything functions as it should, apart from the display.
Any ideas or help would be really great, as other than using it permanantly linked to an external monitor, (bit of a problem with portability...lol), it is a great laptop.
Many thanks in advance.

A:Dell Inspiron 1520 display very faint

The test you did with the torch would indicate the backlight has blown. It's a tricky job to replace it so if you are not confortable taking it apart I would get a (recommended) professional.

And, yes it is a great laptop, I have the exact same model.

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Dear mods, I have noted a faint white dash (about 3 inches) in the middle of my P51 Screen which appeared a couple of days back. It looks somewhat like a stuck/dead pixel case. As possible solutions, I have tried the following : i. Battery Drain for 30 mins, and re-checkii. Disable/Enable the Graphic Card Provided that there are no easy solutions, I wish to know whether the replacement of screen of my product (which is still under warranty) will be covered or not? Regards,B.  

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Dear All

I have bought a 21" CRT monitor on the cheap and it is great. However I did notice that against a white background, such as Word or a Google webpage, a very faint yellow colouration is visable at the top and bottom of the screen with a vertical 1cm patch in between. My questions are;

1) What causes this? Is it burned onto the screen or some form of degauss issue?

2) Is there any way of getting rid of it?

A little more info; I have a second 17" monitor next door to this one that is used intermitently for my work. There does seem to be a little distortion on the 21" when the monitor is in use. I do have a couple of speakers in the room, so magnetism may be a problem but moving them away seems to have no effect.

Thankyou for any advice you care to share.


A:Very faint image retained on CRT monitor

This sounds like a used monitor that had some static display on it for long periods. There is no way to remove it, you just have to live with it.

Distortion when another adjacent monitor is in use is not that unusual, many monitors lack the magnetic shielding to prevent that. Move them farther apart.

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Hi everyone.
I have joined a new company and they provide 4K monitors to designers. So we had 4 items in the office, each being DELL P2415Q. I have hooked one up and it looked great. Then I got another one and I noticed the second one has faint grey static horizontal lines across the screen. The were visible closer to the center, but almost throughout the whole screen. More noticable when looking at it from top down. When I move my head from top to bottom I see they move comparing to the items on screen as if they were lifted a tiny little bit from the screen surface. I tried different cables, both DisplayPort and HDMI, I tried different PCs, even Mac. Turned out 3 out of 4 monitors had those gray lines and I was just lucky to get fine one as the first one. We ordered 3 more as a replacement and all 3 of them came with same grey lines. It's hard to believe 6 out of 7 items are defective. Did anyone have this before? Is there anything I can do about it? It's very annoying to have a super sharp monitor just to see grey lines all across eveything I look at. Mosty visible on white background.

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Today morning my W530 suddenly died. Till yesterday it was working abosultely fine with no issues. I checked the power adapter and it is showing 20.5 V , so power adpater is also good.When I press the power button I see green light around the power button for 2 seconds and the light goes off. I disconnected the battery, pressed the power button for 30 seconds, removed the hard drive, removed the memory module nothing is working. I do not see the fan running etc. I do not hear any sounds, beeps. Please can you suggest what could be the problem ?  Thanks & Regards,Deepak Rade

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Hey All.....am new at this so please advise if more info is needed or am doing this wrong.

My problem.....
Bought a new computer 2 months and had nothing but problems with the USB ports. Mother board has been replaced twice, now third one is gone.....only the USB ports.
Thank goodness it was under warranty but they are hesitating on the last one.
The computer came with a wireless keyboard, I had and use a wireless mouse, I have a HP printer connected as well as a Maxtor 100 gig external hard drive (which is seldom turned on) The mouse and maxtor were connected to the old computer and worked great, the only things new are the computer/wireless keyboard and printer.

Initially they thougt it was the Ipod which my daughter had, but that was not used this last time, so now they think it is the printer (which was used but not that much). So, now they don't know what causes the USB port to die (all of them). Also, when they go so does the tuner for Meida Center as well as the Card Read.
CD continues to work and everything else i.e. plug in mouse and keyboard.

So...any suggestions as to what casues USB ports to die.....suddenly with no warning, and all at once.

Thanks for suggestions.

A:All 6 USB Ports Died Suddenly

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I was just browsing the web and transferring some photos from my camera when my computer suddenly turned off in an instant, and now it won't turn back on.

I have had to replace my PSU twice already so I suspect that that may be the problem, but how can I be sure? And what can I do to stop it happening again?


- Danjb

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Hello.I was using my t420 just fine, no symptomps or malfunctions, till today.I powered on the laptop and after the light and the caps lock led flashed, the wifi icon went on and nothing else happened. The screen reamained off (not just black, really off with no backlight). I've removed the two dimms (one first, then the other), i removed every drive and pci device, deattached the system battery for a minute, replaced the thermal thing between the cpu and the thing that cools the cpu (sorry I'm not english) and yet nothing. Then, when I've reassembled it entirely, it goes on, giving me the message "machine type and serial number are invalid", then goes normally to the desktop. After I power it off, it is dead again. Sorry for the long post.Can you help me? Is there something I can do, besides throwing it in the trashcan?

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All four of my usb ports died suddenly. They have power enough to light up a thumb drive. They do not appear in the device manager, although the controllers do appear. Any suggestions?

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I was playing a game online at a friends house, using their wireless, when all of a sudden my wireless died. I thought it was just their wireless but when i went home to connect on mine, i still had a problem.

I've tried turning the switch on and off to no prevail. When i go to connect to a network, my wireless detects nothing. I found an option to find the problem, and it told me my wireless was turned off, so i checked the switch and it was on. i also went to my computer and to device manager, and checked my network devices and they are apparently all working fine, so i really don't know what the problem is here. Please help...

also, i saw on another post that i should copy+paste what my what my cmd says when i type ipconfig/all


Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : ownage-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-13-E8-35-51-6B
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::814c:215:1b37:bc89%10(Preferred)
Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . :
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A:Wireless died suddenly, help

Quite the mystery!!!

If your card was disabled or not working it wouldn't show up with this much information in the ipconfig /all report.

It also looks like you're on Windows Vista of some sorts since your home path is: C:\Users

Your Wireless card's network stack is also working. It's assigning itself an Automatic Private IP Address. (APIPA) That's the weird little address that you get starting with 169.xxx.xxx.xxx in the IPv4 Address line. Usually to me, it means that you computer tried to ask the network for an address but nothing was configured to respond to it. So it gave itself an address - which is mostly useless in this case.

I think, maybe, could you try to disable any firewall settings? (Just turn your firewall(s) to Off and test again to see if the problem went away.) If it goes away, then you know that some rule in the firewall is doing this to you. Do you have Symantec Anti-virus installed? Because I've seen that come with a firewall that screws up a computer on more than one occasion. It wouldn't be the right way to configure a firewall, but it might be blocking the broadcast responses.

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Last Monday I turned my PC on and after 45 minutes it slowly crashed to a complete freeze up, so I manually retsarted, and it happened again 45 minutes later. Since then, whenever I turn it on, it powers up but does absolutely nothing. There's no beep, nothing appears on screen but it stays powered up. So I thought it's probably the graphics card, so I bought a new one only to find it's not that. The PSU is fairly new, so I don't think it's that. I don't *thinik* it's a hard drive problem because I tested another hard drive in the machine and the same thing happened.

I'm guessing something's burnt out, and I'm worried it's probably the motherboard or something.

What do you think?

A:Computer died suddenly and strangely

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I got my computer back from a friend but i noticed the case fans weren't working. I sent him a txt and he said it was working fine when he had it and my brother said it suddenly stopped working when he was on it so i'm guessing it didn't die due to my friend cleaning it for me.

Only the CPU and GPU fans are running. I have a fan on the side panel wall, back, top and one in front.
The side panel fan works when i connect it to the motherboard and not the power supply.

The back and top fans dont work at all and they are connected to the motherboard via the 4 pin connector? 4 holes made to a square(hope you can understand this).

oo <- like this.

the front and side fans have both oooo cord or ... (3 pin?)

This PC is custom built but the place i bought it from did it for me so everything is neatly done and i cant rearrange most things without cutting the tags that are holding the wiring.

I dont know where to go from here so I need some help.

Heres a link to some photos imgur: the simple image sharer

Pic 1 shows back and top fans not running.

Pic 2 just shows the side fan

Pic 3 dont know if you can see it properly but usually the side fan cord connects to the cord labelled "1" and that cord is connected with the front fan aswell which then is connected to the power supply.

pic 4 just general pic of my comp.

A:all my case fans suddenly just died

The top fan looks like the one blade is blocked by those yellow wires...

Please fill out your system specs so that we can look up the relevant information on your system.

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Hi everybody,I have a Lenovo yoga 2 11'. Windows 10 1511. About one month ago I shutted it down, I don't remember if it was charged or not. I turned it on some days ago and seems that the battery died. What can we do?EM is installed and says that everything is fine. The computer works fine if plugged, but if I unplug it doesn't. Windows and EM say that "battery is charging at 0%". The LED is orange and blinks.If you need other details feel free to ask.EDIT: Latest BIOS installed, Windows is updated, there is no "USB Always on" option in the BIOS.?

battery-report.zip ?47 KB

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I'v been having some problems with BSOD's lately (BCCode 116) and had been told to do a stresstest of my GPU(GTX 760) with Furmark, which caused BSOD immediately. I then tried swapping out my GPU with my brothers GPU(GT 730), and the test ran for 10-ish seconds, then my computer shut down, and now it wont start up again.

I tried removing the GPU to see if that would help, but no. When I press the powerbutton nothing happens at all. I had a similar problem before, that my PC wouldn't boot, but back then when i pressed the powerbutton the fan on the PSU would move ever so slightly. Now nothing happens.

I dont know what to do now. Any help?

I've searched a bit on the internett and found that people say to disconncet all periferals, and try to boot with just mobo, psu and CPU. That didnt work. I decided to try with my brothers PSU. When I press the powerbutton, the LED at the front of the case lights up briefly, the fans rotate 1/4 of a full spin, and the it shuts down.

Does this indicate that both PSU and the mobo is defect?

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I've got a problem that I hope some of you can help shed some light on.

On tuesday afternoon I was working heavily to create a basic linux shell in c, using Bloodshed Dev-C++ and an putty (SSH) connection to the linux servers on my university.

The OS is XP home german version.
The connection was using the built-in wireless connection to a D-Link wifi router. It had a fully charged battery, but was using the the power adapter.

Now, everything was working just fine, I leave the computer for a little while and when I return, it's turned off.
When I try to turn it on, nothing happens. I pull the plug, reseat the battery and nothing happens. When I reconnect the power line, I get a very brief light on the power led, but that is that.

One or two days earlier I had a problem waking up from the sleep state, where the computer stopped loading XP and gave me a black screen instead of the login screen. After a hard off (4 sec power button) it worked like it should.

Does anyone have any idea on what the problem could be?
I called a shop that sells rebranded MSI notebooks, and this was the first time they'd heard of such a problem.

I'd call MSI, but they don't have a support office in Norway. I will use the warranty, but since I bought the computer abroad, it takes some planning, and thus if there is an easy fix I can do myself, I'd rather do that.

Any help you can give is appreciated!

A:MSI MEGABOOK 510A suddenly died

Maybe something within the laptop burned-out? If that's the case then it will be quite the financial burden... :-/ Just a possibility I guess, good luck.

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was carrying my lenovo flex 4 in a laptop backpack from point a to point b in a sleep/hibernation state. Upon removing it to use again, the power wouldn't come on as well as the power button led wouldn't/won't lit up.

Did a hard reset, removing battery, pressing power button for 1 min etc, still dead.
I thought it might be the adapter which looked burnt by the two prongs, hence ordered a new oem adapter, still to no avail.

Geeksquad apparently charges a good $50 just for a diagnostic, hence I'd like to know if it's the motherboard or other component based on the symptoms and circumstances.

How can a motherboard die simply from carrying a laptop without dropping it or bumping into anything, which i didn't.

Otherwise, what would be a good diagnostics, that's cheap, including diy?

grateful for answers

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A day ago, I was having trouble with my apartment modem, and due to a busy schedule, was only able to do a quick "Unplug and reset" which seemed to work at first, but eventually it stopped working all together. Today, I traveled from my apartment to my "home" home, where the wireless network is set at a "Home" security level. However, my wireless now will not connect at all.

It continues to cycle through "Identifying" yet cannot make the connection. It works through a LAN connection however.

So far, I've attempted the follow:
- run>ipconfig/all, ipconfig/reset, etc
- winsock reset
- system restore

I've searched all over, and haven't been able to find anything helpful. My computer is a Samsung RC512, running windows 7. Here's the paste from my ipconfig/all:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : hsd1.pa.comcast.net.

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : DC-A9-71-93-16-52
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

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A:Solved: Wireless Suddenly Died

the ethernet information is for a modem and not a router

IP 169.254.x.x
An IP adress of 169.254.x.x is the autoconfiguration address that Windows assigns (Microsoft APIPA) is a DHCP failover mechanism, when it cannot find a dhcp service, so something is either blocking access or is not running

can we see a xirrus screen shot - to see the wireless signal

What firewall / security suite or anti-virus do you currently have on the PC - or you have ever had on the PC in the past - any trial ware - like Norton, Mcafee , AVG etc

Status of Services

We would like to see some status information for each of the services listed below.

To do this goto

Start> Run {search bar in Vista/W7}> type CMD to open a command prompt box (A new dialogue box - black with white font, will appear on screen ):

Type the following command

Control Panel>
Administrative Tools>

then for each of the services listed below - Please post back the following status information;
If the service is set to Started or Stopped
If the service is set to Automatic or Manual
COM+ Event System (for WZC issues)
Computer Browser
DHCP Client
DNS Client
Network Connections
Network Location Awareness
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
TCP/IP Netbios helper
Wireless Zero Configuration (XP wireless configurations only)
WLAN AutoConfig (Windows 7 & Vista wireless configurations only)... Read more

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My pc suddenly died while I was using it. At the time I was doing nothing more than surfing the net with one browser open. I heard a pop (like a balloon popping) and the pc slowly died like the current was being drained. There was no power outage at the time, plus it was connected to a surge protector. All other things connected to the power bar are still working fine. There was no smoke or burnt smell. When I opened the case I could hear something loose in the power supply so I figured that was the prob & replaced it with a brand new one. The pc is still dead. Nothing happens when I try to turn it on. I have tried removing all of the components one by one & still no luck. The only sign of life is the little green light next to the PCI slots on the mobo. I have not tried to remove the processor as of yet... Is the problem the motherboard or the processor? How can I tell? (I don't have another pc to test with.) Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

A:PC suddenly died, motherboard or cpu problem?

When your PSU fried it may have taken the motherboard and anything attached to it with it. If you don't have a new core two duo or a new socket AM2 processor now is the perfect time to consider an upgrade if you have the money. Rebuilding old technology is often wasted money; it just depends how old you're talking about.

Replace your motherboard and attach just the devices you'll need to boot your computer. You'll need your PSU , processor, video card, hard drive, memory and CD ROM. You'll probably have to reinstall Windows too.

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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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Earlier this evening Windows started throwing the "Unrecognized USB device" error in the system tray. Clicked into it and disabled the device, found nothing deactivated, and went about my business.

The system kept throwing the error over the course of the next half hour or so, even after a reboot, and then my USB keyboard and mouse both cut out simultaneously.

So, things I know for certain:

(1) My USB ports are not blown entirely. Speakers still work. External is getting power when I connect it, but not autoplaying or showing in My Computer (external works fine on Ubuntu box).

(2) It is not an issue with just this particular mouse and keyboard. I've tried three of each peripheral (all USB); nothing works. On a reboot, the keyboards' Lock keys give a brief flash, but don't allow any input whatsoever.

Any ideas? I haven't yet tested with a PS/2 mouse or keyboard, as I can't find one, but if I can pick some up I'll give those a run as well.
update: PS/2 hardware does work.

This is on XP SP2.

A:Keyboard / mouse suddenly died

Either your USB circuitry is faulty or, more likely, the USB software has corrupted. Go into device manager and uninstall everything listed under the USB section. Shutdown and reboot to allow Windows to find the hardware and reinstall the software (will require no intervention from you). Once done, test.

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We have a Lenovo ThinkCentre desktop computer, running Windows 7 Professional. It's a few years old, and for the most part has been running fine. However, it has now inexplicably died and won't come on again.

We've been having a few blackouts and brownouts lately. It's not one of those computers that stays off when the power returns; if it was set to 'on' when the power went out, it'll start back up once the power returns.

A couple of days ago, it had gone into standby or sleep mode, and for some reason wouldn't come out of it. The laser mouse wasn't lit up, which often happens when a computer is in standby mode, but when I hit keys on the keyboard, it still didn't come on. After opening and closing the disc drive, and pushing the power button a couple of times, I finally gave up and held the button until it force shut-down. The next time it was turned on, however, it worked fine, and didn't seem to exhibit any unusual behavior.

So yesterday, the computer was working. It was left running overnight, as it generally is. The following morning, however, it was no longer on. Pushing the power button yields no power lights or sound of anything running. I unplugged it from the surge protector, then plugged it back in again, choosing a different plug on the surge protector. Still nothing. It shouldn't be an issue with the surge protector itself, as the monitor and internet router connected to it work. I don't think there was an outage, either, because no clocks were reset.... Read more

A:Lenovo desktop suddenly died

The Power Supply Unit may have failed. This is a relatively easy fix if you get the part. Any PSU over 550Watts will do. If that doesn't fix it, you can always return the part.
If you need help knowing how to replace the PSU, there are videos showing you how on YouTube

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I left my office (at home) for a short time and when i returned, my computer was off and there were no led indicator lights illuminated as they usually are. It will not power up at all. The light on the power button illuminates, but nothing else (externally at least, there are two led lights on the motherboard which come on when plugged in). I have removed all accessories, bypassed the UPS, tried several outlets without any success. Removed memory, CD & DVD, hard drive and still nothing. It is totally unresponsive. It is my business computer and I really need to solve this.

A:Dell Precision 450 suddenly died

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Hi all,
Lately I've had my laptop plugged in a lot because I've been running some design analysis software thats required a long time to solve. Anyway my laptop suddenly just cut off today whilst on battery. Straight away I assumed it was the battery as I had a similar issue back in 2010 with my old device. I've had my current laptop for about 2 and a half years. I ran a battery report which came up with the following information:
Cycle count: 489Design capacity: 48840Last full charge: 38373
So its obvious my battery isn't at full capacity as expected. However, could this be the cause of it randomly losing power? I'm thinking more of a calibration issue. Any ideas on how to calibrate?

Many thanks in advance!

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One day when i was working on my laptop is just died......then i tried to start but its not open....i thought may be it need some charging...... But even charger is not charging.....so what can be the problem....i am thinking may be motherboard problem.....can any one help me.......i have hp 250 g5 laptop....please help me...will be waiting for reply thanks

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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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So my nice monitor died, I ran the desktop at 1600x1200. My old monitor has a max of 1024x768.

I have a project for work on this machine, but I can't access it now. Any ideas how to get my smaller display to display... something?

I've tried rebooting into safe mode, as soon as it's done with the bios and loading windows screen, it jumps to 'out of range 75kHz / 60Hz' and displays nothing.

Any ideas? Thanks,


A:[SOLVED] Old monitor died, older monitor says 'out of range'

You have given no info to work with. If your MB has onboard video go into the Bios and change to onboard. Are you sure its going into Safe mode, there are no video drivers loaded in safe mode.

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I've been using this laptop for a few years now, and while it has its fair share of small problems (track pad not working, keyboard coming loose and sometimes not working, speakers slowly dying, start ups where the screen doesn't turn on.) Despite those issues I always found a way to either fix or at least work around the problems until today.I was just watching YouTube videos when the laptop without any warning shut off instantly, even though it was plugged in, and mostly charged. After that none of the power lights would go on at all, not even the charging one. I tried unplugging it, removing the battery, holding down the power button for 30 second, and every combination of those steps I could think of. Is there any hope of saving this laptop, or is it bricked?

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My 2 year old moderately used laptop battery suddenly died after a windows update. Everything was working fine, the battery still held charge for over 2 hours and now it doesn't work at all. When I hover over the battery icon it says '79% available (plugged in, not charging)'. If I pull out the charger my laptop stops as though it doesn't recognise there's a battery. I ran the HP battery test and it told me the battery is dead. How can a normally functioning laptop battery suddenly die after a standard update? I see there are a number of customers complaining about the battery not charging when switched on but my battery doesn't work at all - although it apparently is 79% charged. Is this normal for HP laptops?

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Hi All, My laptop (E50-70)  is almost 3 years. The battery behaves normally most of time. But sometimes it died suddenly without plugging into mains after 5 minutes used when it was waken up from sleep mode. This happened many times even the battery was fully charged before entering sleep mode. But everytime, when I took out the battery from laptop, and put it back then plugged into mains to charge it. It behaved normally again until unexpected same incident happened again. Do you have similar experience? Any idea what's wrong? Many thanks,Cheers,J

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Hello All

Alienware M17X R4  died suddenly after “passing all diagnostics”
My  M17X R4  does not turn on either with or without A/C adaptor
But attempts to boot with the battery alone. But shuts down after the keyboard light flickers twice

Disconnect all the external peripherals from the computer including the battery and the ac adapter and release the flea power by pressing and holding the power button for about 30 seconds.
 Tried  to turn it on with with the cable plugged in without the battery,  which didn't work
Re-install the battery with the cable unplugged
Turn on the computer and check. Nothing happened except the keyboard light flickered twice without response
Just before the 2nd flicker, you would hear a “click or flicker” as if something is trying to kick in which could not.
What I am saying here is that something is failing before it even gets to POST.
What is it?
It is a shame that a gaming lap top as solid and expensive  as M17X R4  should disappoint and fail just like this.
Experts should tell me what going on.
Could the GPU thermal tape or CPU thermal paste help??


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Hey everyone,

My laptop (i'm not sure the make or model matters) suddenly died, it was working fine one minute, left the room for around 30 seconds, came back and has seemingly has no power. The machine has been running purely off the power adapter because there is no battery. There's no lights on, indicating an electrical connection; it's completely dead. I used a phase tester to confirm a good power adapter, so the problem seems to be with the computer. I don't think the electrical input socket (?) is at fault cos it's not loose.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Maybe it has something to do with that internal coin-shaped battery?

I'd really appreciate any help because i'm completely at a loss as to what i should do next...


A:ZE4500 Laptop Suddenly died, lights out, no sign of life, boo

Could be a dry joint on power connector, underside motherboard try wiggling to see if you get some response, coin battery is only to retain CMOS information.

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Hi All, I seem to have killed my T530's built-in display output.  External monitor works fine (using it now) but there is nothing showing on the laptop panel.  The panel itself is fine -checked in an X1 Carbon gen1. Problem started after I connected a 14" panel that I bought for the aforementioned X1 Carbon.  The panel was a mess of lines in the X1, so after checking on panelook.com and figuring they were compatible (LP140WD2-TLD2 vs LP156WD1-TLB2 - both LVDS, 2 channel, 6 bit, 40 pin, 3.3V), I connected it to the T530. Nothing showed.  Then when I put the T530's panel back it also showed nothing. Initially both the laptop panel and the external monitor showed up in the Device Manager. Now only the external monitor is showing. So, question is, is there a fuse on the mobo that I might have blown, and if so, does anyone know where it is?.   Thanks for reading. Regards.  

A:T530 display died :(

All motherboards are not the same, but there is a 2 or 3 amp fuse very near the LCD connector. (sometimes on the opposite side)  If LEDs on the bezel are also out (all but bluetooth), a 0.5 amp fuse is also blown.  Mouser.com is the best source.

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I have my computer running Linux and Vista both so I'll put this here cause the graphics card is controlled by windows, here the problem,

This morning I was running Ubuntu and I was rearranging the living room phone charger, so I turned off the computer, when I turned it back on it seemed like the computer had died, what I found troubleshooting the system was this, My old acer 193w monitor no longer works on the HDMI cable, but it works on the VGA cable, so I got the one out of my youngest son closet which is a little news than mine, its a 20" Acer X203H, It doesn't work on the HDMI cable either BUT on VGA its better than the other monitor on HDMI was the video card is a Nvidia 8400GS.
Could it be time for a new video card or just a whole new computer? this system is a 10 year old Frankenstein that I replace parts on about once or twice a year, every other year pr two

A:Monitor died?

Honestly, at 10 years old I would consider retiring it.

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i have an HP vs17e. it worked fine for almost 2 years. then i get up today and boom. computer works fine but the monitor doesnt turn on or even have a stand by light. i tried it on a different computer and it was still dead. tried a different power supply as well and still nothing. so right now im stuck using a sony trinitron monitor from TEN years ago. can someone please help? i dont have $200 handy to just go buy another monitor. can they be fixed?

A:my monitor died!!

can they be fixed?Click to expand...

Based on the information you've given, it is impossible to determine whether fixing it is an option. I realize these solid-state devices don't give us any clue exactly what part of it has failed. The only way I know of to find out would be to take it to a service center.

Frankly, I cannot imagine anyone charging a small enough fee just to check it that would make it worth a try. Example: Best Buy, CompUSA and PC Doctor wanted prices that ranged from $75 to $210 just to update the BIOS on a Toshiba laptop. I wanted to do it myself; but, Toshiba would allow only authorized service centers to have the file.

There's an electronics service center near me whose prices are about the lowest around for competent people. He gets a $45 deposit just for an inspection. That $45 is applied to the repair if you decide to get it fixed.

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OK, we had an electrical storm at home and powered my PC down. Being an idiot, I didnt unplug it from the wall.

Went to turn PC on and it seemed to reboot fine with the exception the monitor (a Viewsonic VX724 iirc - its a 17" LCD) didnt boot up. The light was blinking yellow at me.

I swapped in my old CRT and I realised that whilst the computer was whirring away, it was failing to boot up and wanted me to reboot from my "Last Known Good Configuration". When selected, it didnt help and even Safe Mode wouldnt work. The thing kept trying to reboot every 30 secs with no success.

I suspected storm damage and rang my local PC shop where I bought the system back in late December (ie its a brand new system).

The techie there agreed with me, lectured me on unplugging from the wall (although he said surge protection is not 100% guarenteed) but said he'd do a full diagnostics to make sure nothing was wrong and fix it for me.

I rang the next day for an update on progress and he said I didnt have storm surge damage but rather that I had LimeWire installed and that I caught malicious spyware / malware / viruses that killed my Windows XP. I was surprised at this as I have been a longtime LimeWire user and had only used it once on the new machine.

He lectured me long and hard about video piracy *yawn* and then said he'd need to reinstall Windows etc etc. Which he did.

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A:Has my monitor died?

It's likely dead. If the circuit board got nailed, it's probably not fixable.
Try it on another computer and see if there is any difference.

BTW, he's right about Limewire. Less about piracy than it is about the sheer insanity of opening your machine up to the world on a wide scale LAN. That's the best virus spreading tool there is.

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i turned on my puter the monitor made a pop went out wont come back on,has a burning smell,i opened it up checked all the capacitors all look good what else could it be it is a gateway 22 inch w usb ports on the side

A:monitor died

Hi popijo, and welcome to TSG.

It could be a lot of different components. I have seen transistors and ICs that were so overloaded, the silicon vaporized and blew a volcanic cavity in the plastic encapsulation. Some types of resistors can fail with a popping noise. FWiW, even if you located the destroyed part and replaced it, there is a very good chance the new part would pop as soon as you turned on the monitor. In many cases a visibly damaged part is only one component in a chain reaction of failures.

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