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Power went out, now computer won't startup.

by bulockd / July 30, 2009 1:59 PM PDT

While working on a dell desktop pc, windows XP, the neighborhood power went out. The PC was plugged into a surge protector, but not a battery backup. Now the computer will not startup, shows no signs of life. What is the most likely component damaged/needing replaced in this instance, or how can I diagnose at this point?

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(NT) Can you reset the surge protector ?
by VAPCMD / July 30, 2009 9:52 PM PDT
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power supply
by special_ed1 / July 31, 2009 11:55 AM PDT

Assuming you've ruled out the power strip, the outlet the pc was plugged into and so on, and nothing happens at all when your pc is turned on, then it may simply be the power supply, which is good news as they are cheap and relatively easy to install. Of course the only way of knowing for sure is by swapping out the old power supply for a new one, so if you know someone who has a spare one lying around that would help

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Check fuse
by mjd420nova / August 4, 2009 5:10 AM PDT

Most PC power supplies have a built in fuse as part of the jack/connector for the power cord. It is usually a moulded plastic holder that is part of the connector itself. using a small screwdriver, remove the plastic block and the fuse is held in place within a square block. Radio Shack would be a good source for these smaller fuses.

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