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Computer Went Dead After a BSOD

By yellow_sea ·
I have an old Pentium 4 computer with PS4V Mother board that went completely dead after I formatted the hard drive and I was in the process of installing a fresh copy of Windows XP SP3. This computer has been very slow lately specially connecting to the DSL internet. I thought formatting would help a bit as it did in previous times so here what happened:
1- I formatted the hard drive and filled it with zeros using Seagate utility floppies
2- I started installing Windows XP, everything went file until it said Installing third party software that is when the BSOD appeared, the computer started dumping the memory
3- Shortly it was stuck going nowhere so I tried to manually shutting it off and after that nothing came out, it is just sitting like a piece of metal with no lights upon trying to start, no fan noise.
3-To rule out other things that I know I thoroughly checked the electrical outlet, and power cables and everything is working just fine but the computer is not powering at all

Could it be the power supply went dead or is it the start button itself went corrupt?

Also my Windows XP CD is stuck there, how could I retrieve it without the computer powering?
Thanks

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oops

by yellow_sea In reply to Computer Went Dead After ...
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It sure sounds like the power supply took a dive...

that could be what was causing it to run slow. Should be able to find a replacement,
Amazon may have a listing. Now, for the optical disc drive, you may be able to VERY
CAREFULLY pry the door open with something like a paper clip or small screwdriver...
use gentle force, not sledgehammer strength, and try to pull the tray out. The other
method would be since you're probably going to be opening the case to replace the
power supply, you could remove the CD Rom drive and the disc from there.

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Sorry I don't recognize the Model Number of the M'Board

by OH Smeg In reply to Computer Went Dead After ...

But I do agree with Wiz that the Power Supply s likely to have died and gone to Silicon Heaven.

You'll need to open the case and being a Pentium 4 CPU it will have a ATX Power Supply so that is no biggie to replace unless the case is a Custom Job that uses a very small Power Supply. If that's the case those things where always marginal to start with at the best of times and personally I wouldn't bother if you have one of those.

As for the CD most have a hole in the front which you can push a unbent Paper Clip into to release the drawer and then pull the draw open when it springs and remove your Disc. You can also push the drawer closed again and it will lock closed.

Of course some CD Drives didn't have the Hole in them but mostly they came after the P4's where replaced so hopefully it shouldn't be a problem.

However just check to see if there is a switch on the Power Supply and click it over a couple of times. If it has no resistance it's failed and this is a fairly common thing to happen but unless you have experience with working with Mains Electricity you should replace the Power Supply not the switch which needs soldering in anyway.

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I forgot about the optical drives with the little hole...good catch!

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by yellow_sea In reply to Computer Went Dead After ...

Both of you guys rock big time. Gladly, I managed to retrieve my precious Windows XP SP3 CD from this dead computer using a lady's hair clip, this dead computer is going to the dump after I smash the hard drive just to make sure no personal info could be retrieved from it. Thanks a bunch masters!!!

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