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Unfixable Computer

by Jimmy61 / January 10, 2007 8:36 AM PST

I bought a computer last year and it breaks every month.
Nobody can fix it. Some shops fix the harddrive and it goes for a month, sometimes they fix the motherboard and it goes for another month. Last month it had a "read drive error", and someone fixed the hard drive, this month I have "read system error" and also it won't register the keyboard.
All the hardwear is in good condition, but nothing seems to be in harmony.
Any help would be most appreciated.

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Did anyone check the power supply?
by acoxon1274 / January 10, 2007 9:12 AM PST
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The common part to all the components you have replaced is the power supply. Maybe it is has a bad output? The link tells how to test Power supply under load (not for a novice)
http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/showthread.php?t=137886

I found this link in a post on cnet. See link below.
CNET post

Another problem which may effect component life is poor or no cooling. Do you have the computer in a bad environment? Is there a bad or dust packed case fan? Is the computer housed in a no vent cabnet?

Another problem maybe the AC power from the wall outlet maybe messed up. Bad outlet(worn or loose)that needs to be replaced. Line noisy may require an UPS (Filtering system and battery backup device) can help with this issue. I hope this helps.

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Sometimes There Are 'Lemon'...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 10, 2007 1:34 PM PST
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...and it doesn't happen often but if the computer can't be fixed in a few months, it's best to return the machine and get a new one.. If you're still within the warranty period, you should do so.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Observation, please
by Willy / January 11, 2007 12:22 AM PST
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When you have that many problems, you need to step back and observe everything. In such cases, I query the users to see what seems to be the problem. I would check the AC line/wiring for spikes/surges, etc.. Replace the system PSU and closely inspect the system itself under a glass, like its assembly and possibility how the user treats their system. On top of all any ESD(static) problems. The fixes of course get done due to the possible cause. Since, your problem(s) crops on any part of the devices, etc., it becomes hard to pin-point until a history is made. But, it appears to be power realted if only because h/w fails and that usually isn't s/w realted like malware(viruses,trojans, etc.) or corrupted pgms. Finally, I do consider cheap componets, as cheap is cheap and sooner or later you pay the real price.

tada -----Willy Happy

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power supply
by hammer0122 / January 12, 2007 5:25 AM PST
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is what i would guess and also ask to have replaced before going any further with this doorstop-wanna-be! i feel your pain!!!

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i agree
by santuccie / January 12, 2007 10:53 AM PST
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You need to get your power supply checked. A new hard drive going bad would usually have to do with voltage problems.

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