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The Computers DEAD!!! sometimes

By sam3 ·
A friend bought a new "barebones system" with power supply,128 meg mem,500 mhz. chip, onboard modem and sound,agp video card,keyboard,mouse. No monitor,no harddrive.
I loaded(copied) all her data on to a larger harddrive,tested it for a few days and gave it to her.
First night online, Bam! it goes dead in the middle of sending email. I mean no power, dead, press the power button nothing happens.

When I come over the next day, remove all the cables, take out the cards, plug in the power, fires right up. But now the onboard modem won't work. replace with a isa modem ok.
Couple days later.... late at night sending email Bam dead again. reseat mem, reseat cards.... Ok it works.
Couple days later... dead as a doornail! ( when she goes touse it.
Call tech support. After a bit of back and forth, he says,"send it back, we'll check it here.) I send the box back.
He runs it straight for 10 days even downloading LARGE files (using HER AOL software, and id.)not a problem.
Back it comes, I bring over my surge protector (with tele connectors) connect everything (her old monitor, her old HP Deskjet printer)it runs fine till I leave, BUT you guessed it, DEAD that night in the middle of sending email. and wont go back on.
I tell her to remove all cables in the back (incl power,monitor printer) wait 1 min. and then plug inpower cord only. Its on. I tell her plug in ONLY monitor,keyboard,mouse,power. It goes dead!
Help!!!!!!!

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by sam3 In reply to The Computers DEAD!!! som ...

Checked ALL the stuuf about HER poer at HER house. ALL OK.
Exchanged her power supply with mine. Now, for 3 days, her's at her house (with MY power supply) works fine, mine (with her power supply) will quit after a bit. If I leave the cover off, Turn a fan on it (the power supply from the inside) it runs for hours (usually) and then if I work it real hard (email, internet, complex Word doc all at the same time)BAM! it goes dead.

I would like to give credit to all who wrote about power supply,who I in error dismissed. But how do I do that?

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by escofalles In reply to The Computers DEAD!!! som ...

I don't know if that last comment means they got it right but if they didn't then try the following. After the next time it dies feel how hot the cards are (such as video and CPU or whatever else is in there). It sounds to me that the actual power supply is overheating but if it does the same with a known-good power supply than my suggestion may be of some use.

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by escofalles In reply to The Computers DEAD!!! som ...

if a card is too hot then get one of those fans you can put in one of the expansion slots. they are cheap!

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by escofalles In reply to The Computers DEAD!!! som ...

if a card is too hot then get one of those fans you can put in one of the expansion slots. place the fan above the overheating card.

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by sam3 In reply to The Computers DEAD!!! som ...

It was the power supply S L O W L Y going bad

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