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Computer Quit

by jmogmo97 / April 11, 2006 3:04 AM PDT

I have an emachines t2042 with a celeron processor running windows xp. One day it started turning itself on and making clicking/static sounds from the speakers. Also had hot smell from the tower. I replaced the power supply and now can only turn power off with the switch on the power supply and get nothing to screen or keyboard. The monitor does have power and message says monitor is work check pc. I suspect motherboard problem.Any advice would be appreciated. Thak you. Joe

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Capacitors. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 11, 2006 6:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Computer Quit

Look at the MB's capacitors. Older machines had inferior caps that will blow. Start removing components and power up. Remove RAM sticks one at a time, disconnect drives, PCI cards, etc. If the machine powers up with a component removed, done. Otherwise it's probably the motherboard. If so, be prepared to replace the MB, processor, and RAM in one fell swoop.

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Nothing appears blown
by jmogmo97 / April 11, 2006 7:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Capacitors. . .

Thanks for your reply. I tried your suggestions but no change. I can not see anything that looks burnt or blown. The machine is just three years old and had zero problems before this. Seems odd that it broke when it wasn't being used. Being a lower end machine I will most likely replace the whole thing. Thanks again.

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Good luck. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 11, 2006 9:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Nothing appears blown

now would be the time to build your own.

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