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Dell 1737 died - will not power up

Q: Dell 1737 died - will not power up

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?

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A: Dell 1737 died - will not power up

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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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whenever i switch on my dell studio 1737 laptop it wont go past the dell logo stage.
any help out there on how to fix the problem?
at the moment i am running a diagnostics test and seems like most devices are passing the test.

A:dell studio 1737 laptop wont boot past dell logo

It could be any number of things but my first 2 guesses are possibly the hard drive or motherboard.you might want to take it somewhere so that you will get a correct diagnosis.

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Ok guys this is the problem. I dropped my computer and cracked the screen. Its not covered in the warrenty and i have to have it fixed. I was wondering if i could send my computer into dell and have them check to see whats wrong with it and send me the bill? Also i would like to have the touch screen put on it and instead of Vista have Windows 7. If there is a better approach to doing this please inform me. If you have any questions about my operating systems or anything like that ask away.

Thanks for all your help.

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I'm sure this has been mentioned before but I could not find it in this posting site, I have a dell 1737 running windows 7 ultimate and I can not reformat the hard drive. I've tried F8 function clicked on "repair your computer" and once I press enter it start windows normally like its skipping past the repair option screen that is suppose to come after that screen. Anyone else have this happen? whats wrong with this pc and why won't it reformat?

A:help with reformat dell studio 1737

You may follow the steps described in the tutorial : Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 .

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Dell Studio 1737. Using Vista. Was running well. Now on bootup get screen ...'.Launch startup repair or start normally'
on clicking repair it tries, then gets screen...' checking system for problems' which I ran and got 'Startup repair cannot repair automatically'. Gives choice to send info. or don't send info.
The problem details are as follows:
Problem signature 1 AutoFailover
2 6.0.6001.18000.6.0.6001.18000
3 6
4 1376276
5 Bad driver
6 Bad Driver
7 0
8 3
9 WrpRepair
10 10
I am looking for a solution (if there is any) to not have to do a repair that will destroy my files.

Within last 3 weeks installed McAffee (had problems installing) and connected a 'Nook'

In the last 3 weeks had installed McAfee (had problems installing) and connected a 'Nook'

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I have a Studio 1737 laptop running windows 7 64 bit home premium, i know windows 10 is not supported for this model laptop but I was wondering if anyone has tried installing windows 10 on one of these and what the problems are if any.
Many Thanks

A:Dell Studio 1737 Windows 10

The problem would be that some of the hardware would not function properly;if all. This is due to not having the needed drivers for Windows 10. 

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i have a studio 1737 and it is overheating. the fan is clean, there is no dust in the laptop, the is a brand new paste on the processor, the BIOS is up to date it is A09, all the drivers are up to date too. I cant get to install I8kfan GUI it is not compatible... can someone help me???

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hi guys!!!
i have a dell studio laptop 1737...
its specs are
2.18 dual core intel.4gb ram,320gb hdd with sucker dvd rw drive...

i have a problem,since the 1st day i bought it,it burns everything,but when i try to make bootable disk,it says the drive is in PIO mode n not in DMA or DAO mode and needs some settings to be done to bring it in DAO mode.
i went for its solution...
1.i contacted dell help line service,they gave a patch,i applied but still the drive says it is in PIO mode.
2.when i go in device manager,n see the drive in ATA section,it says its DMA is enabled.

somewhere on web search i read,that it might be some problem with cables connecting to dvd drive...making it conflic,not set as proper Master or Slave...

but my Qs is,it has come as from factory laptop,no changes...then how it is possible this problem come....

anyone who knows after this whole story....what is possible solution....

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I'm not sure where to post exactly so let's try this out.  I have the Studio 1737 running Vista 64. It came with Dell Webcam Central preinstalled and in that program there is a tab for audio effects to use during video chats (I used it during Skype calls). However, my HD crashed and Dell sent me a new HD. I installed Vista on it and all of the drivers/applications from the disks that came with the laptop.  Now, Webcam Central does not have the tab for audio effects anymore...and I can find no information anywhere about this program such as what the latest version is, where to download from, etc.  Creative customer service points me to Dell, and Dell had me download Webcam Manager-which by the way is not supported for my system- so I figured they know something I don't. So after the 140 mb download and install, I open it and - big surprise- it tells me to install the correct drivers for my webcam. I already have the cam working in everything else, so I'm not about to mess with all that when it clearly says Webcam Manager is for the Inspiron.  Anyway, I'm just baffled at why Webcam Central is now missing a menu option and I'm getting pretty frustrated not being able to find out ANY info about the cause.   BTW, Webcam Central is v1.01.05.  I've tried reinstalling from the disk and still no change.  Also, the My Dell Downloads site doesn't work for my system, so I'm completely lost now.  Any help at ... Read more

A:Studio 1737 & Dell Webcam Central

To install the version of the webcam you're looking for, go to Drivers & Downloads, enter your service tag number. Look under input devices and download the Creative labs drivers. This will have what you're looking for. My version is 1.01.05 and has the tab.
Second problem...
To use the Dell download manager you must have the Windows .net framework installed (use Windows update).  Though it's not made clear by Dell, you DO NOT need the manager.  Go into your browser settings and delete all Dell cookies (or clear all your browser cache).  Then go back and choose "download using my browser" when you select the file for download.  You will then not need the Dell download manager at all.

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I bought in Feb09 a Dell 1737 Laptop running Vista. Last Thurs I received an update to my Radeon 3650 Graphics Card, loaded it, rebooted and all H broke out.
Mostly Windows components failed, like Desktop Mgr. Startup items, etc
Couldn’t get on Internet Explorer but Google Chrome was running.
Did a restore to a month earlier, didn’t help. Updated Windows, loaded netFrameWork 1.1, Radeon again, checked if I was up to date on everything, no help.

Now, that it is mostly working; graphics card will drive the 47”LCD TV and I can watch some videos, like the Today show ( I think embedded ) but can’t watch streaming videos on Hulu. The video will start then windows desktop mgr or Google chrome fails and doesn’t recover.
Was on a Dell Chat session last night; the first tech updated the Bios after reboot I lost her.
Then the second guy reloaded drivers and Flash /shockwave. No Change
Please Help Me

A:Dell 1737 vista Graphics Problems

was everything working fine before the update?
i would suggest trying to roll back the driver or uninstall and reinstall with the original disc / drivers that you used initially and keep those.
like they say if it aint broke - dont try to fix it.
personally - before trying to roll back the driver i would just opt to uninstall and reinstall with the original driver(s)

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I am not sure what the cause is so I am looking for suggestions. I am not sure if it is the battery or not. It won't turn on when it is pluggged up either. Is it just fried?

A:Dell studio 1737 laptop will not turn on

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I am trying to resolve whether or not the FFC cable (flat folded cable / ribbon cable) that runs from the underside of the media button panel / cover is required to complete a power on loop.  I had issues where the power button would not always work, and upon examination, I found that the contacts in the 10pin FFC were damaged an possible being jarred from place.
Would this cause a power on issue?  I have removed the cable to prevent shorting anything, and no power on at all.
Thank you in advance,
Steven Lutz

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I replaced a faulty hard drive on a Dell Studio 1737 running Windows Vista Professional last week. Upon reloading Vista from an OEM disk, and reconfiguring all of the drivers, the slot fed optical drive failed. It wouldn't read any cd or dvd. I double checked the drivers, that wasn't the issue. The drive continually ejected all disks and didn't allow exploration. Upon attempting to boot, the computer failed multiple times. I ran a memory test from the boot menu.

I have experienced the following error codes from the memory test: 2000-0142 and 2000-0146. I also get a 0xc000000f. In an attempt to trouble shoot the machine and find out if the hard drive was at issue or if it was the optical drive, I removed the optical drive. Who in the world decided a slot fed optical drive was a good idea, that's a bear to remove! Anyway, I still get the same errors. My question is, can I run this PC without the optical drive? I expected it to boot without issue after the faulty optical drive was not an issue.

I don't want to put more money in a machine that is going to eat hard drives. It is difficult to find a replacement slot fed optical drive and a ridiculous task to replace. I planned to run this machine with an external optical drive, but I need to get it to boot.

I'm stumped and would love any input offered. In advance I will say AVOID ANY DELL WITH A SLOT FED DRIVE! It takes 2 hours to dissemble it to even access the drive. Drawer fed might look retro... Read more

A:Dell Studio 1737 Memory Test Errors

If you are getting errors from Memory tests the first thing I would be looking at is the RAM. Faulty RAM can cause no end of apparently random errors which can lead you all over the place trying to find the cause.

If you have 2 or more sticks of RAM take them all out and try running the PC with just 1 stick at a time to see if the fault occurs. If you get the error with one particular stick installed then there is a reasonable chance you have a faulty RAM module, if it happens with all I would double check by doing the same test but put the RAM in a different slot on the motherboard.

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I have done my homework and I am dealing with a situation where no specific XP AHCI drivers have ever been written for the Intel(R) ICH9M/M-E Serial ATA Storage Controllers in my Dell Studio 1737 Laptop. Trying the 32-bit Vista AHCI drivers caused an immediate BSOD...and it just really bugs me to be using IDE mode with my new SSD! I think Win7 and Ubuntu might be ignoring that setting in this multi-boot machine and using AHCI anyway, but I am not certain of that. I just know Ubuntu had some trouble during "Live" and installation but has since had no trouble there at all.

I know there are differently-branded machines of the same vintage that *do* have XP AHCI drivers for those controllers, but I have no idea where to look to try to find them.

Any thoughts or suggestions here other than to ditch XP? At least for me at 65, that is not likely to ever happen...and neither will I ever have Win10! I just spent these past two months getting three Win10 machines tamed-and-controlled to be what I consider child-friendly and child-safe for my grandchildren, and I hope I never again ever see a Win10 screen.

A:AHCI drivers for XP on Dell Studio 1737 laptop

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Hello ,everyone,

i am very new here and i am from Belgium (Dutch).My Dell studio 1737 Model No:PP31L won't startup enimore.A Short circuit on one of the usb ports killed my laptop .
There are power because the pictograms above the keyboard still working ,but there are no futher  activitiy .
The harddisk working because the led lighting up for a very short notice.
Nothing to see on the screen .I tested with a extern screen buth nothing to see .
how fix this problem ??
Sorry about my poor englis language with errors
best regards ,ERwtje911

A:how to test of the motherboard is dead(Dell studio 1737)

There's not much left to do but replace the board.  Though they're not expensive (in the US, they run $100-150 depending on Intel or ATI videe), you have no way to know that the power surge only damaged the board -- it could also have damaged the RAM and/or the CPU.   Given the age of the system, putting even $100-150 into it may not make economic sense.

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This isn't actually a new issue but I've just used an external USB mouse since it occurred. The dell touchpad no longer will respond to anything. All of the touch buttons at the top work fine as does the keyboard. I just don't know if its a hardware issue or a driver issue. I installed the latest drivers and it still doesn't work so I'm assuming it could be hardware.

What also struck me as odd is that after installing the dell touchpad program and drivers I can't seem to launch the dell touchpad utility. It asks me to run the program but it never actually runs the computer acts as if I hadn't done anything.

Any ideas folks?

A:Dell Studio 1737 Touchpad No longer works

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Hi everyone In need of help. Started up my Dell 1737 laptop and I am greeted by a blank screen, though the machine goes through the motions of starting up. When connected to an external monitor all works fine, and I have tried changing the inverter, but no luck. Ran a diagnostic check, and receive the following:

Error Code 0321
Msg: Error Code 2000-0321
Msg: LCD EDID - Unable to access EDID EEPROM

Prior to this everything was working fine. The display had even brightness and color.

Would anyone be able to restore my sanity, and offer some words of wisdom/guidance? Would be much appreciated. Many Thanks.

A:Solved: Blank display on Dell 1737 laptop

Hi and welcome to TSG!!

It kinda sounds like a new LCD is in order. It's usually best to get the numbers off the existing panel to match it up more closely. You might want to verify the flat ribbon cable is securely fastened on each end, too.

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My not quite 2 year old dell studio 1737 laptop (win 7) quite working properly on me over the weekend. I now have a display that is completely white. It does not change when moving the screen up or down, but does go black momentarily when booting.

I can currently access the computer via logmein (remote viewing software) and it is functioning properly. When it first occurred, I attached it to an external monitor and was able to view it on that. A later attempt at attaching it to an external monitor failed, although I suspect that is due to my randomly turning it on an off while looking at it, causing it to not shut down boot properly. I plan on confirming that it works with an external monitor, or not, later today.

Assuming that it works with the external monitor, that means it is either the screen or the inverter correct?

Since I used it at night, set it down still running and it was white in the morning, I am assuming that it is the inverter. (is this a correct assumption to make, I'm really not familiar with laptop repair/troubleshooting like i am with a desktop?). I found a great youtube video here that show me how to replace the inverter.

With inverters, are they computer/monitor specific? Meaning, i'm looking to spend as little as possible, so I need to know what I need to look for.

I think that is the whole story, if I made poor/incorrect assumptions/guesses/troubleshooting or if anyone has some tips for me I would appreciate the input.

A:Solved: Dell studio 1737 laptop - white screen

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I have a Dell 1737 about 2 years old. Upgraded to Windows 7 about 6 months ago. After any shutdown, the system will start up will run for about 30 seconds then it will Blue Screen throw out random errors, so far no 2 have been alike that I can tell. System will restart then it will BSOD death again restart and then system will work just fine until I restart system again. I have wiped hard drive and reloaded windows no change. I did not reinstall any programs after wiping hard drive other than windows. Just been using an computer to access Internet. I did update all drivers from Dell website. I disabled webcam and fingerprint reader. I have searched forums but no sucess. I assume it is a driver issue but can't seem to figure out which driver it is. Anyone have any suggestions. I can use my system but it is a pain to have to deal with 2 BSOD restarts after every shutdown. I guess I could go back to XP and see if that works. Before wiping hard drive I had the 32 bit version of 7 installed and got same results.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4028 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 5 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 305142 MB, Free - 267589 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0M824G
Antivirus: None

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So the heading pretty much says it all.  My laptop will not turn on unless I first press the wifi locator on the opposing side, and then immediately press the power button. 
Any suggestions as to why this would be?
Thank you!

A:Studio 1737 Power Button Not Working Without Pressing WIFI Locator 1st

Thank you for writing to us!
Can you please let us know what happens when you try to boot the system without the wifi switch on.
Kindly private message the service tag and email address.

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Hi everyone In need of help. Started up my Dell 1737 laptop and I am greeted by a blank screen, though the machine goes through the motions of starting up. I do not see any faint ghosting. When connected to an external monitor all works fine, and I have tried changing the inverter, but no luck. Ran a diagnostic check, and receive the following:

Error Code 0321
Msg: Error Code 2000-0321
Msg: LCD EDID - Unable to access EDID EEPROM

I also tried holding the "D" key and powering up. The LCD flashed a series of solid color screens (Red, Green, Blue, White, Black). I assume that this means that the backlight is good. Does it also mean that the cable is good?

Not sure what else to check. I am guessing that it is eiter the LCD screen (controller board) itself or the cable. Any advice? I am comfortable replacing parts.

Prior to this everything was working fine. The display had even brightness and color.

Would anyone be able to restore my sanity, and offer some words of wisdom/guidance? Would be much appreciated. Many Thanks.

A:Blank display on Dell 1737 laptop, Error 2000-0321

Replace the LCD panel including the backlight. External monitor okay, motherboard is okay... Slight chance of a damaged LCD cable to motherboard

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Hi Everyone
I wonder if you could help me, as i'm now officially stumped!!

I am trying to repair a Dell Studio 1737-6536 for a friend.

Dell Studio 1737 1737-6536 Dual Core T3400 3GB Ram 250GB HD DVDRW WiFi 17? VHP

Windows vista was installed. The problem was that windows would hang at the ?starting windows? bit. I was able to boot into safe mode, so I was hopeful that I could solve it.

? I tried to restore to factory setting from the partition on the hard drive. This would again hang at the same place.
? I tried wiping the hard drive completely, in the hopes that I could reinstall vista from a disc. Again, it hangs at starting windows. So at this point, the hard drive is not completely blank.
? I tried it with a Windows 7 disc as well. Still hangs at the ?starting windows? bit.
? I?ve tried without the battery. Still hangs at the ?starting windows? bit.
? I?ve tried with just one memory stick, then with just the other one. Still hangs at the ?starting windows? bit.
? I tried with a different hard drive. Still hangs at the ?starting windows? bit.
? I tried the diagnostic tests available during start up. This highlighted a problem with the DVD drive, so I removed the drive. Still hangs at the ?starting windows? bit.
? I tried removing the CMOS battery & replacing it after a minute. Still hangs at the ?starting windows? bit.
? I tried turning off all the options in the BIOS for USB, WIFI, etc (everything that was possible to turn off, I did in... Read more

A:Dell Studio 1737 Windows Hangs at 'Starting Windows'

Once in Safe mode click Start, Run, type msconfig and press Enter

Now select 'Diagnostic startup' on the General tab, Apply, Ok and then restart your machine and see if it hangs


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Hi Everyone

I wonder if you could help me, as i'm now officially stumped!!

I am trying to repair a Dell Studio 1737-6536 for a friend.

Dell Studio 1737 1737-6536 Dual Core T3400 3GB Ram 250GB HD DVDRW WiFi 17” VHP

Windows vista was installed. The problem was that windows would hang at the ‘starting windows’ bit. I was able to boot into safe mode, so I was hopeful that I could solve it.

• I tried to restore to factory setting from the partition on the hard drive. This would again hang at the same place.
• I tried wiping the hard drive completely, in the hopes that I could reinstall vista from a disc. Again, it hangs at starting windows. So at this point, the hard drive is not completely blank.
• I tried it with a Windows 7 disc as well. Still hangs at the ‘starting windows’ bit.
• I’ve tried without the battery. Still hangs at the ‘starting windows’ bit.
• I’ve tried with just one memory stick, then with just the other one. Still hangs at the ‘starting windows’ bit.
• I tried with a different hard drive. Still hangs at the ‘starting windows’ bit.
• I tried the diagnostic tests available during start up. This highlighted a problem with the DVD drive, so I removed the drive. Still hangs at the ‘starting windows’ bit.
• I tried removing the CMOS battery & replacing it after a minute. Still hangs at the ‘starting windows’ bit.
• I tried turning off all the options in the BIOS for USB, WIFI, etc (everything that was possible to turn... Read more

A:Dell Studio 1737 Windows Hangs at 'Starting Windows'

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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My one-year-old Dell 2208WFP monitor went dark yesterday. The power button shows it's still turned on, but the screen is dark. After rebooting the PC, the usual startup screens showed okay, but after the password box appeared for about two seconds, everything went dark again. I found that if I turn the monitor off and on again, the screen shows for about two seconds again, but that's all.

Any ideas?


A:Dell monitor died

Could be the monitor, but, do check the video card as well. If it has a fan on it, be sure it's spinning freely.

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I'm on my brother's laptop at the moment. my desktop experienced a moment of complete failure.

i was on my computer, and i popped in a cd to update my video drivers, and then rebooted. upon reboot, the computer started getting pissy. it would show the dell boot screen, then it switched to a completely blank screen with nothing but a blinking cursor. i tried hitting a few function buttons, but it only beeped backed at me when i pushed a button.

i sat and waited hoping it would finally load windows and boot to my desktop. no such luck. it simply refuses to boot windows xp. i don't think it's a hardware problem. all of my stuff was working fine up until that restart. but i can't think of what's wrong.

if this computer dies on me, i'm screwed for like 4 months. i have to buy my own computer, so if this dies, its game over. and i don't feel like having to reformat again. its the one solution i know will work, but this happened once before and i want to figure this out once and for all. what the hell could be wrong?

A:dell 2400 may have died plz help

i have a sneaking suspicion that my boot.ini file might be bad.

but i have no idea how to replace it using the recovery console. i've tried doing a bootcfg but that doesn't work. it comes back saying it failed to add the selected boot entry to the boot list. so i want to know if i can use the "expand" command to manually replace it. would that work?

how would i do it?

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I have a DELL Dimension 3000 Series. Intel Celeron Processor 2.40 GHz Level 2 Cache 256 KB integrated BIOS version AO1 Service taq 1XTQ561

How I know all above is that screen came on and stays on after I shut the PC down Friday for non use and updates.

Saturday when we turned power on, the top of the screen says DELL Dimension 3000 Series. The bottom of the page has up and down arrow SPACE ESC and F1 help

In middle I have System time System Date Drive configuration
Hard Disk Drive sequence and and

Every time I hit F1 or ESC I GET F2 set up of F12 BOOT MENU in top right hand side of screen

Then I get PRIMARY drive 1 not found
ALERT ! OS install mode enabled. AMount of available memory limited to 25 Strike the F1 to continue F2 to run set up utility.

What is going on???? Time for new PC???? DELL is about 5 years old. FYI

PLease reply back to [email protected] robertmorris.edu. I cannot check my Comcast email right now with PC down.

Cheffy D
Downers Grove IL

A:think my DELL died this weekend

It seems likely that your Hard drive has died. Check the diagnostic lights. Run the HD test at boot.
You can check your Comcast email online at www.comcast.net

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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