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    can someone come round and fix my pc please?

    failing that, can they help diagnose problem...

    epic story:
    when pressing the power button the pc often doesn't come on!
    The leds behind the power button and the hard drive briefly flash then go out and pc fails to switch on.
    subsequent button presses give nothing.

    only way i have found to switch it on is by flicking the hardpower switch on the back to off position - after 5-10 secs the power button will flash
    after a little wait i flick switch on again then wait some more (dramatic pause) then try the power button again.
    sometimes it works first time but today it took me half and hour of doing this to get the machine on.

    i have done a comprehensive wiggle of all external cables and its still as hit and miss as ever.
    i initially thought it was using a remote control socket on the power block but happened again when completely disconnected from it.
    pc is getting on now - think its 6 year old but if its a simple thing id rather try and fix than bin it.

    any ideas?

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    Could be a faulty psu

    Original Poster

    akamini

    Could be a faulty psu


    that was my initial thinking but mine was uneducated


    whatsThePoint

    Are you saying with the power supply turned off your PC is still live?


    i guess you are referring to the hard switch being moved to off position and seeing the led briefly flash?
    PC is definitely not on before that point (although i did try to power on) so i dont know if is some sort of static or other discharge from trying to switch it on.

    Does it boot after the wiggling? If so would say either there is internal damage to the PSU cable (kettle one) try using the one from the monitor, or the wiggling is infact moving something in the PSU to conduct so PSU needs replacing. Just going on your wording.

    Original Poster

    Adam2050

    Does it boot after the wiggling? If so would say either there is internal … Does it boot after the wiggling? If so would say either there is internal damage to the PSU cable (kettle one) try using the one from the monitor, or the wiggling is infact moving something in the PSU to conduct so PSU needs replacing. Just going on your wording.


    there was no change after the wiggling - its as bad as ever.

    Is it a medion PC from Aldi?

    I only ask because I had pretty much the same issue and after replacing the PSU three times I finally gave it up and got a new one.

    Original Poster

    Ungreat

    Is it a medion PC from Aldi?I only ask because I had pretty much the same … Is it a medion PC from Aldi?I only ask because I had pretty much the same issue and after replacing the PSU three times I finally gave it up and got a new one.


    nah its one from 'watford aries' 5/6 years ago.
    worked ok til now so pretty happy with it.
    so you think its psu? did it work in between psu changes?
    Edited by: "brilly" 21st Sep 2010

    brilly

    nah its one from 'watford aries' 5/6 years ago. worked ok til now so … nah its one from 'watford aries' 5/6 years ago. worked ok til now so pretty happy with it. so you think its psu? did it work in between psu changes?



    First I had trouble turning it on and replaced it with PSU no1. Worked okay for a while and then started shutting off randomly until the cheap PSU started billowing black smoke. Replaced that PSU with a better one (no 2) but still got random shutdowns so stuck in a third even better PSU but it got even worse with it turning off at least once every twenty minutes. At this point I new it was something else but had already replaced so much other stuff that it frankly wasn't worth it so I just shot the thing in the head and built a new PC with an old Shuttle case I had laying around.

    Sounds like the problem I had with my sons, turned out to be the either the front power switch or psu as I got a new ATX case with power supply from UKDVDR for £10 and after transfering the internals over it works OK.

    Deffinitely PSU problem, get yourself a new one or as Andy says a new case may be cheaper.

    Original Poster

    ok thanks for help - will see how it goes getting a new one.
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