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02.17.09 | Perdogg

Posted on 02/17/2009 4:21:46 AM PST by Perdogg

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To: Perdogg

It sounds like you fried the mother board...and the father board, too.


51 posted on 02/17/2009 5:29:00 AM PST by CholeraJoe (Always pack the heat. Always pack the heat. Always pack the heat.)
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To: djf

I dunno. I build all my computers from scratch.


52 posted on 02/17/2009 5:33:36 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Perdogg
The power to the computer is fine. The green light on the back of my computer comes on then goes off.

The power supply inside the machine could still be dead. They are relatively easy to replace.
53 posted on 02/17/2009 5:36:35 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: AppyPappy

I do for the desktops. Not the laptops.


54 posted on 02/17/2009 5:38:21 AM PST by djf
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To: silverleaf

blue screen of death ping


55 posted on 02/17/2009 5:38:34 AM PST by silverleaf ("Men are not angered by mere misfortune but by misfortune conceived as injury" - Screwtape)
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To: Proud_texan
And also use it to backup the primary drive.

I suspect that since it's six or seven years old it's too small to be useful for any significant backup capability.

56 posted on 02/17/2009 5:42:35 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Perdogg

A Neal Boortz advertiser.

Vision computers has 4 systems with various price points that ship with XP.

Includes a 3 year warranty. What is strange is they don’t include a DVD-RW. A new DVD-RW writer costs about $20.00 and is an easy install.

http://www.visioncomputers.com/items.asp?cc=WEB-DESKTOPS&fil=285:54


57 posted on 02/17/2009 5:54:14 AM PST by listenhillary (Rahm Emmanuel slip - A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: DuncanWaring
Excellent point and large drives are certainly inexpensive but still my cheap, uh, frugal side hates to see a good drive just sit there so for critical files like docs, Quicken data files, system state, etc. a small drive can still be of some benefit.
58 posted on 02/17/2009 5:57:55 AM PST by Proud_texan (Scare people enough and they'll do anything.)
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To: silverleaf

Pinging Mr. Gates....Pinging Mr. Gates....


59 posted on 02/17/2009 6:01:09 AM PST by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: tgusa

The systems requirements for Vista to work well were far beyond the minimum published requirements; Microsoft was just antsy to get everyone off of XP and force them into paying for Vista. That the requirements were so high were totally outlandish, and many people upgraded to Vista on machines which totally should have remained XP machines. Even many machines which were sold new did not really meet Vista’s requirements.

That said, if you buy a new machine with Vista preloaded, and it has the power to support it (2 GB RAM, a couple hundred GB disk space, 4 GHz processor), Vista works great and has some pretty kick-ass features.

Of course, if you’re one of the people trying to run a Vista upgrade on their old XP machine, that’s sorta like saying, “Aside from that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”


60 posted on 02/17/2009 6:07:12 AM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

It’s almost a theological question, I guess. My Latitude D630 while having 4 GB RAM, plenty of HD space, is a bit short in processor speed so maybe that’s my particular problem. Thanks -


61 posted on 02/17/2009 6:13:51 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: dangus

If you turn off much of the Vista nanny crud, it works OK with 1 GB of memory.


62 posted on 02/17/2009 6:18:31 AM PST by listenhillary (Rahm Emmanuel slip - A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: Perdogg
If the PC is dead...and I mean once you've determined that the motherboard is fried or replacing the power supply isn't your cup of tea...remove the hard drive and simply install it as a slave unit in a new PC. Make sure this new PC will accept an IDE drive if your old one is IDE and not SATA, of course.

That's how I usually do it to save data, once it is determined that the hard drive is NOT the part causing the failure.

63 posted on 02/17/2009 6:38:01 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (All the oil's in Texas...but all the dipsticks are in Washington, DC.)
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To: Perdogg

Did you knock the power cord out of the supply?


64 posted on 02/17/2009 6:42:12 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Chevron 7 will not engage!)
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To: Perdogg

I bought my Mac in 2000 and it’s still going strong (with a few upgrades).


65 posted on 02/17/2009 6:54:07 AM PST by sarasota
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To: backhoe

Bookmark for later


66 posted on 02/17/2009 7:38:03 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: Perdogg; DuncanWaring
Whatever you do, don't do anything "disruptive" to the hard drive in the dead computer. It's almost certainly recoverable. From the sounds of it, I'm going to guess that the PC's hardware suffered some sort of failure, possibly power supply related. There are several places now that offer a service whereby they will take the contents of a hard drive such as the one in your dead computer and copy it to DVD-ROM media. Staples is one such place, and possibly Office Max and Best Buy.

What DW said about the master/slave thing is true generally.
67 posted on 02/17/2009 7:53:06 AM PST by hiredhand (Understand the CRA and why we're facing economic collapse - see my about page.)
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To: Perdogg
"Is this a good computer?"

I'll let you know. I just bought one myself. (Haven't gotten it yet.) The performance reviews I read on various sites were pretty good.

68 posted on 02/17/2009 8:28:03 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Remember the 3 Rs: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: Perdogg
I agree with everyone here who said it is the power supply. They take about 15 minutes to change out. Also, like others have said, try blowing the dust out of the machine first. Also another you can try, is with the power unplugged switch the red switch on the back of the power supply and then switch it back. This is an indented switch that affects power regulation for other countries power supply. I have gotten power supplies working this way, but it is usually inevitable to have to replace them not too long afterwards.

Below is pic with red switch on back:
newegg
69 posted on 02/18/2009 6:08:12 PM PST by LuxMaker (The Constitution is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, Thomas J 1819)
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To: LuxMaker

They really need to disconnect the USB port from the motherboard before replacing anything. It sounds like a short.


70 posted on 02/18/2009 6:12:49 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: AppyPappy

Usually they are integrated into the motherboard which would mean replacing the whole motherboard. I doubt the 7 year old motherboard or older is still even available for replacement.


71 posted on 02/18/2009 6:26:05 PM PST by LuxMaker (The Constitution is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, Thomas J 1819)
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To: LuxMaker

No. It was a front USB port rather than a rear USB port. They are connected via wire to the motherboard.


72 posted on 02/18/2009 6:27:04 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: LuxMaker

thanks!


73 posted on 02/18/2009 8:04:54 PM PST by Perdogg (Only the hypnotized never lie)
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