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My Computer monitor doesn't show anything when I turn my computer on.

Question: My Computer monitor doesn't show anything when I turn my computer on.

First of, my monitor exhibited signs of flickering during start-up, but only minor ones and would just stop at the 'Welcome' screen of windows so I didn't give it much thought. Iv'e been using it with the cpu the same time I bought the monitor.

But after some time, the flickering got worse. It went from 1-2 second interval flickers to a whole 10 seconds of blackness before it showed anything.

Now,Iv'e got a new cpu but still using the old monitor. After a day or so, the monitor exhibited the first symptoms of my first cpu, so I just dismissed it. But after a week, It got a hell worse, before I even start-up my computer, the monitor doesn't show Analog/Digital at the top-left corner of the screen. PLUS my cpu keeps restarting after I pushed the ON button after 10 seconds or so.

My question, Is the monitor responsible for the restart and what could be the reason for the flickering?

Thanks for a fast reply.

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Answer: My Computer monitor doesn't show anything when I turn my computer on.

Quote: Originally Posted by pokeman5

First of, my monitor exhibited signs of flickering during start-up, but only minor ones and would just stop at the 'Welcome' screen of windows so I didn't give it much thought. Iv'e been using it with the cpu the same time I bought the monitor.

My question, Is the monitor responsible for the restart and what could be the reason for the flickering?

Thanks for a fast reply.

Welcome Pokeman5 to the windows 7 forums.

The graphics card might be your culprit. Please update your system configuration settings under user cp so that others can maybe help you.
Usually the monitor won't stop your machine from booting. The graphic card most likely be the cause.

There is also the possibility that your power supply could be defective or going bad. Lots of possibilities.


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I've swapped ram sticks to see if one of them is dead
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Gonna pop my 4870 X2 into the computer to see if the video card is DOA. If not, the motherboard?

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your vga could be causing the issue, but that's only if you dont have onboard video as well.

Next time you post with a problem, make sure you give us detailed specs of your rig, when you dont its like saying "Hey, I have a red car, and it wont start."

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Answer:My computer monitor doesn't come on when i turn my computer on

Why did you take it to a different computer to format?
Do you have the o/s cd in the drive to boot from?

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Answer:Computer display (monitor) doesn't show anything

Reinstall your OS.
Get a paid version of Macrium Reflect. {for the boot time recovery environment}
Image your OS when things are running good.
Sit back & relax since you can now reinstall your OS with very little effort & time.

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I haven't put any magnets to this Monitor or done any direct damage to it. I have it set at 70Hz with a 1600x1200 resolution. I wondered whether there could be a problem with my Power Cable, but i didn't want to touch it without getting verification from you.


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Does your monitor give any output when you turn it on, maybe it's a dodgy power cable or VGA cable?

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Please reply soon!!

Answer:Help, My Computer does Six Beeps When I Turn It on And it doesn't display anything on my monitor! What Do I Do?!

Video card is probably dislodged.  Open case and remove all cards then re seat ram.
Beep Codes
Your computer might emit a series of beeps during start-up if the monitor cannot display errors or problems. This series of beeps, called a beep code, identifies a problem. For example, beep code 1-3-1 (one possible beep code) consists of one beep, a burst of three beeps, and then one beep. This beep code tells you that the computer encountered a memory problem.
Reseating the memory modules may correct the following beep code errors. If the problem persists, contact Dell for instructions on obtaining technical assistance.



1-3-1 through 2-4-4
Memory not being properly identified or used

Memory failure above address 0FFFFh



Microprocessor register failure

NVRAM read/write failure

ROM BIOS checksum failure

Programmable interval timer failure

DMA initialization failure

DMA page register read/write failure

Video Memory Test failure

1-3-1 through 2-4-4
Memory not being properly identified or used

Slave DMA register failure

Master DMA register failure

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Slave interrupt mask register failure

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I would suspect that the Power Supply Unit (PSU) is going south. If you have a spare one laying around, install it and see if the problem goes away.
You can buy a new,better PSU from Newegg for about $40.00. I have used a Thermaltake 430 watt in one of my machines for some time now and it works well.
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Answer:Computer doesn't show anything

To be able to have any insight into the problems, It is necessary to know a bit more...when you installed to system, did you do a clean install? Sometimes, when an update install has been done, it will cause problems later. When did these problems appear...did it correlate with any particular change or update that was made? If so, going back to a restore point just prior to when this started happening might help.

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Hi Paco Sola,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
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Here's a link that may help:

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Anyone got any ideas/need extra information!?

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Can you boot to Safe Mode ?

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I have had a similar problem recently, where the hdd would spin up but not show in my computer.
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- uninstalled every driver and rebooted

- rebooted and unplugged several times,

It's an Icy Box IB-351 this device works on other computers and it used to work on this one, now i can see it in Device management and appearantly it's "working properly"

it has no red light blinking on it atm, Please help me if you can, if you believe you have a solution to my
answer here , thanks.

Answer:Problem with USB, Doesn't show up in Disk management or my computer

Maybe the PC's power supply is getting weak. Try replaceing the supply

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I have WinXP Pro, having problems with 3 things:
1. from Start/My computer - the drive contents don't display
2. from Windows and IE browser windows, the pulldown menu is gone
This means the File - Edit - View - Etc are gone.
3. Also I noticed that from Classic view the Start Menu is unresponsive, I can only right click on it.
Any ideas what I can do to fix this?? Thanks in advance.

Answer:My Computer display doesn't show drive contents

For problem number two. right hand click with the mouse, and click on 'menu'

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Hey guys, a few minutes ago i turned my pc on and it was showing on the monitor, but then the pc randomly shut off. I tried turning it back on and it starts up, but nothing goes through the monitor now. Does anyone know what could be up with it? I have finals next week so im stressing about this really bad haha

Answer:Monitor Won't Show anything from Computer

Tell us more about your Computer.
What age, what OS, and any other information

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When I turn off my computer the power supply doesn?t seem to turn off, the fans are still on and so are the LEDs. Windows shuts down and the HD stops too. The only way to turn it off is to press the button on the back. This does not really bother me but I would like it to totally turn off when I say it to and not have to press other buttons. Is it bad that this is happening and/or is my PSU shot? All of my voltages monitors show the same thing as before, nothing has changed. My PSU is a Thermaltake Toughpower 700W Cable ManagementPC specs:Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.4 GHzEVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 640 MB4 GB of OCZ SLI-ready RAM500 GB Hitachi HHD

Answer:Computer doesn't turn off

How long have you waited for a complete shutdown ? ?Temp sensors to cool down the system before power off ? ?Not sure on this one...what MBoard ? ?

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Hi again, I write this because sometimes I tried to turn on my computer but it doesn't start, then I press the button again and the computer begin to running, I want to know Why it happen?

I have a UPS and Windows Me, but I don't understand the problem.

Answer:My Computer doesn't turn on

I'm wondering ( and this would be really easy to fix ) how old is the case ? Maybe the connection in the back of the power button is screwed up ...
Also could you post the system specs .

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First of all, sorry that my first post is for help but the problem is how I found the forum.Basically, one morning I turned on the computer and was just doing my daily things when all of a sudden the computer turned itself off, it was very sudden, no signs of any problems or anything. Now if I try to turn it on, the power button gets pressed like any other useless button and does nothing. Makes a little click sound like always, and the computer does not turn on.My belief is that this is harddrive related; however I am not entire certain if that is what the problem was. My harddrive is 40GB Western Digital harddrive, and I'm currently looking for the box to give you all more information but can't seem to find it, I will continue looking however.I tried turning off the powerbar, cooling the area around my mid-tower case, and cooling the case itself down, letting the computer rest for 24 hours, and then turning it on, but same problem, pressed the button, it didn't turn on. If this isn't a harddrive problem, anyone know what it could be? If you need information on any other parts of my computer and whatnot, please ask I'll be more than happy to provide you with the information.  Also, if the harddrive did die out on me, is there anyway of fixing it,I will respond ASAP if there are any other questions.THANK YOU! ... in advance.

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on

It could be a power supply, possibly the hard drive, maybe even something else.It seems that to solve this mystery there needs to be a little "operation".  If you've got the know-how to open up the case (which I am NOT advocating) UNLESS you have experience, I"d recommend taking the system to a knowledgeable computer repair person.  Alan <><  

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Hi Everyone,
I have a dell desktop which had some problems and made a weird sound whenever I turned it on so I decided to open it up and take out the HDD and plug it into a desktop that I built and backup the data and reformat the drive. So then I put the HDD back in and now whenever I try to turn the computer on it doesnt even turn on. Before it wouldn't show me anything but atleast when it was turned on you could hear everything spinning as the power went to all the components. However now the MoBo lights up and thats it, I tried pressing power button multiple times but nothing. All the connections seem to be secure, the pins unbent and the parts snug into their slots so I don't understand what the problem could be. Please help!!!

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I need serious help. I got to school online and am in a really hard class. Now, my computer is flaking out on me. I like to turn my computer off when I am not using it because periodically the computer sounds loud like I am doing twenty things at once when I am not even using it. Then my computer gets quiet again. I have XP Home Edition and it doesn't turn all the way on sometimes. In these instances, all the lights that are supposed to be lit on the tower are, but the monitor doesn't turn on. I have to hold the power button in until the tower turns off, I wait about thirty seconds then turn on the power again. It is like Russian Roulette, sometimes it works, sometimes I have to do this again. It has gotten slower too, my computer is so freakin slow, and it just froze on me for a moment. I am not sure this next piece of information will have anything to do with this but last week I had ran and downloaded the MS Essentials program for viruses and spywares. It said I had Win32/Induc.A, and it said it was a virus. All the files listed below it I deleted even from recycle bin so I thought it was gone. I looked up information about the Induc.A and it said it attaches to Delphi files if you have them and copy files and rename them as well, which I did a search and found no delphi files. Then the MS Support Page said that if none, it will just bounce around your system in a richochet style.I will check in later, to see if I been hooked. Thank you.

Answer:Computer doesn not turn all the way ON sometimes

<<I got to school online and am in a really hard class.>>It took my feeble brain...a few minutes to realize that should read "I go to school online" .System manufacturer and model?Have you seen ?Did you follow the suggestion to run a scan with either product listed?What AV program is installed on your system?Do you think that your system is infected now?Louis

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Hi everyone,

I apologize if it's been asked before, but I thought that results may be different because I have my own set of specs.
I have bought parts for a computer 2 days ago and was very exited to assemble them. thinking that I can finally play games on high graphics. My specs are as the following:
i5 4670 processor
gtx 770 graphics card
asus z87a motherboard
nzxt 410 case
cx750 power supply
8gb corsair ram

I have hooked everything up, as according to the manual, I did hook up the 8pin and the 24pin to the motherboard from the power supply, ram and cpu is installed properly, everything is wired correctly according to the manual

- hd audio cable goes in the AAFP port, a usb 2.0 goes into one of the usb ports.
-usb3.0 goes into the usb3.0 port
- port for the fan goes into one molex connector
- + and - pled is hooked up right, as well is the power and reset switches.
- 24pin and 8 pin from the power supply is hooked up right.
- ram is installed

The problem here is that when I press the power switch, nothing happens. There is just a green LED on the motherboard that lights up when i connect power. Am I doing anything wrong? I thought with these basic things the computer should at least turn on. I really hope that it's not "defective equipment" because I bought them brand new 2 days ago. Hopefully I didn't break anything, nothing should break so far, and hopefully nothing burned or fried because I didn... Read more

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on

Welcome to the forum

Remove all add in cards, hard drives, disk drives, use one stick of memory in dimm0 then switch to dimm 1, then switch to a different stick. Since nothing happens make sure you have your power switch connected properly and that it works, double check the front header diagram for the power switch pins and if you get nothing at all short the two pins with a screwdriver to see if it fires up. Your video card will also require one 8pin pci-e power connector and one 6pin pci-e power connector so check those also.

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Hi everybody. I'm new to techspot.
My wife's computer doesn't turn on. when she hits the power button the green light comes on for a few seconds and then it turns off again. any ideas? Her son normally pulls the plug off the wall to turn the computer off (silly boy).... Thank you in advance for your help

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on

Hello, jhsa, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

Please take a look at the following threads to make your experience here as enjoyable as possible

Message for all newcomers

SNGX1275's Guide to making a good post/thread

The Techspot FAQ

If you could take a minute to fill in some of your profile information that would be helpful to all members of the forum
Knowing someone's location in the world can be extremely helpful, even if you just put a country.

Also remember to post any problems or questions that you have in the appropriate forums

With regards to your problem, that is a pretty bad way to turn off a pc it could be that your power supply has broken, take a look through this thread to make sure, either that or the motherboard or cpu could be damaged from the power suddenly disappearing.

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Ok here is the problem we been having. It seems that we have problems with our breakers going on and off constanlty but this time it really affected our pc. Our stupid landlord didn't pay the electric bill so our power was shut off durring the night. once it was back on we tried starting our computer back on an guess what nothing happened.

So i checked things out. first i checked the reset switch and we bought a new one of those, new power cord for the power supply, nope that wasn't it.

There are two color light bulbs by the reset switch the green one comes on when the computer is working. its not turning on and the yellow remains on tho so i figured its still getting power but maybe not from the power supply but from the battery since its a pretty big battery. But the fan isn't running, neither are the drives and other things so i think it is in the power supply. Do you think it might be the mobo tho? This computer is only two years old and it has a celleron proccessor and so i was also wondering could it be the processor too?

So here is the questions, what do i replace first? The power supply , proccessor, ram, mobo or just buy a new comp?

Just to let you know yes its plugged in and its turned on and the monitor is turned on also.

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on

First thing you should buy is a battery backup. Computers are very senstive to electrical problems, using a battery backup and a good quality powersupply will save you possibly thousands of dollars.

Most of these issues I've run into have a sort of chain reaction effect on the destruction of the PC. In all likelyhood, your powersupply is fried. If it was a good quality powersupply then that should be the extent of the damage, however if it didn't fail correctly then your motherboard could also be damaged. Depending on the quality of your motherboard, any various components of you PC could also then be damaged.

So giving that I understand your situation correctly, I'd first buy a battery backup (I prefer APC but Belkins are decent), then I'd buy a Powersupply (not a cheapo 350w Powmax, look for a good name like Enermax, Antec, Fortron, OCZ, or Seasonic) then see if your PC will start up. If its a no go then you need to replace the motherboard (at which point a system upgrade becomes an entertaining idea).

If at all possible try testing the components of your PC in another working computer so that you can devise what's good and what isn't.

But regardless, get a Battery backup.

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Okay, so my desktop computer used to be on all the time and then all of a sudden it went off and it just simply is NOT turning on. Pressing the button to turn it on does absolutely nothing. I've tried leaving it unplugged for a week, and it still didn't work. There is a light on the motherboard so I know that the motherboard does have power but I can't figure out what's wrong. Can someone please help me turn this pc on?

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on

The problem sounds like the power supply, if not that, then the motherboard. A good way to narrow the problem down, would be to swap a known working power supply, and see if the computer boots up. If it doesn't, there is a problem with the motherboard (considering all wires and cord are connected properly and there are no other power issues such as AC outlet, surge protector, bad PSU power cable etc.)

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well one day my computer just shut off...i tried everything..the fans on the motherboard spin..i've tried changing everything but the power supply...would it be the problem?

i've hooked up different hd's and put a diff mobo and processor and even memory...

let me know what u think it is

Answer:My computer doesn't TUrn on..HELP!!

What are the things that you've done before the problem started? Can you elaborate more?

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I have assembled my new cpu but it doesn't turn on. This is my second time assembling my computer and my first time went on smoothly. But this time I missed on something and I have no idea what it is. Every time I press the power button, nothing happens. I'm sure there is power on the board because the led indicator is active. I also noticed that the cpu fan moved a little as if it will spin, but it didn't continue.

I'm using ASUS P5G41-M Motherboard..

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on

Ensure that you've plugged in the 4 pin CPU power connector and fan connector.

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My power went off last night (computer was off and plugged into a surge protector). Now the computer won't come back on. I turned on and off the powerbar but nothing is happening with the computer. I finally gave up and came to work. Any suggestions I can relay to my husband so he can get it up an running? Thanks.

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on

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hello, today morning i turned off my computer and on the evening i tried to turn on but it was unsuccessfully, my monitor showed me only a blank screen and my cooling processor been working with the maximum rotation turn and computer light (outside) doesn't work either (but it was working on morning) also I tried start computer with disconnected hdd, ram etc. but still got problem, any suggestions ? maybe motherboard is dead, it's quit old ?

windows xp
motherboard - p6pe-vm

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Hi I've got an Acer laptop with Windows XP Home Edition and about a third to a half of the times I shut down the computer it freezes at the blue page that says windows is shutting down, and doesn't turn off. Can anyone tell me if they've came across this problem before and if there's anything that can be done about it? Thanks

Answer:Computer doesn't turn off

If your computer does not turn off the power when doing a shutdown,
you may need to edit the registry.

Start Regedit
Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
Edit the key PowerOffActive and give it a value of 1
You can do the same in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
You can go here:
Scroll down to #76 and click on the word "Off" ,when the file download box opens up,click open.

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Ok the specs are in my sig...

This computer is almost 2 years old and I am seeing some signs of it being dead *lol*

running windows 7 (i think not important because it doesnt even go to the bios screen)

Symptoms included:
1. In the last month, when I turn on my computer, it doesn't turn on immediately and go to windows, but instead, it restarts for at least 5 times and then it goes to a "good state"... (take note that it does not go to the BIOS screen in the 1st 5 restarts) after that can I only use my computer, im not restarting because it i restart, it happens again...

2. Now, when I turn on my computer, it doesnt go to the BIOS and restarts over and over again... no display, no hard drive activity (referring to the light)...

I reseated the video card, the 2 memory cards, then I tried to fire it up, but to no avail, it gets the same thing... is my mobo broken? or is it another hardware?

sorry for my english, im not good at it...

please help me techies out there! any information will be greatly appreciated...

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on

It's probably a bad component on the motherboard.

If I were you, and I really wanted to fix that motherboard, I would start by checking the capacitors and replacing any that look even slightly off.
Then I would reflow every solder point on the board that looks discolored/dirty/not super shiny.

After that, I would pour some liquid rosin flux over the Northbridge, and southbridge, make sure that it has a nice coat on the underside, and then heat it up with a pen torch or reflow station.

This will most likely fix your issue, but it's sort of hard to guess at what the problem is by your description.

If a computer won't boot, and you've tested each ram stick individually as well as together, then the problem is likely failing hardware on the board itself. You can pay someone to perform this maintenance on the board for around $150, but it's cheaper just to buy a new motherboard.
Of course I don't know because I'm not looking at the motherboard. It could just be something simple. I would suspect that during the first 5 reboots one of the capacitors isn't holding a correct charge, and it takes a few restarts to get it to hold the correct charge. This is a guess though, I don't know.

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Hello --
I've got a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop, it's about 4-5 years old. I'm not very tech savvy.

A weird thing started happening recently:

Whenever the computer shuts down (Standby, hibernate, or full shut down), either b/c I power it down or just b/c I close the lid, the computer refuses to turn on again.

When I press the power button, the fan starts up, the power light comes on, the caps lock light blinks 9 times and then it turns off again. Happens regardless whether the laptop is plugged in or on battery.

I have discovered that I can get the computer to start up by holding down the "play/pause" button bellow the touchpad and pressing a bunch of keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This causes the computer to turn on and opens a program called Dell Media Experience (which I've only used occassionally before). But this "solution" is not reliable and seems to be getting less and less effective(the first time, I just pressed the button, since then I've had no success unless I also hammer the keyboard a bit).

At this point, I'm afraid to let my laptop sleep or turn off for fear that it will never turn back on.

Anyone have any idea what the problem is? PSU? Motherboard? Something easy to fix that a non-techie like myself is just unaware of?

Plz let me know ASAP.

Answer:Computer doesn't want to turn on

You might want to check out data from Dell also:

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I have a P4 1.4ghz with Win Xp, recently I've noticed 2 problems. One is that my computer will not turn off. I tell it to turn off and it just restarts. My other problem is that my CD drive (d:\) isn't reading anything. It is recognized by the Device Manager and i can eject it, but it won't read any CD iput in. Does it just nead cleaning????? I just installed 256mb of memory if that has anything to do with it.

Answer:Computer Doesn't Turn Off

Here's a good place to see about your shutdown problems:

Windows XP shutdown troubleshooting

Regarding the CD drive, have you done anything to it recently? Maybe you knocked the cable loose when putting that new memory in?

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My computer just suddenly shut down. There was no shut down screen, it just went black out.

After I reset my power generation. My computer doesn't turn on anymore. Only the monitor is the one can be turned on.

Could you please, tell me why is this happening?

So please, oh please, reply me back, and tell me what to do!

Answer:My Computer doesn't turn on

Sounds very much as though your power supply is the culprit.

Fault-finding flowchart here: PC Power Supply Failure Diagnostics - Computer ATX Power Supply Troubleshooting and Repair

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When I turn on my computer the monitor doesn't turn on, the light is green at first but then turns to orange and when the monitor did work this morning, the computer wasn't booting, it was stuck on a screen saying the RAM and stuff...The fan spins but nothing happens...
I have no idea what's wrong with it and there hasn't been anything new done to the computer. All the cables are in and where they should be.
What do I do?

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on

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computer does not turn on unless i hold the power button down

Answer:computer doesn't turn on right

try using the left hand.

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Hello everyone!! (I think I'm the only one here though on a Saturday night )

Anyway, I've been reading through the forum to see if I could find some answers to my problem with my HP and the closest one is "Old School" dated September 1, 2006. So, I've noted some of the answers and I'm going to try some things (that apply) tonight with my computer.

However, the initial problem started when I began to notice my computer slowing down, so I decided to remove some programs, files that I no longer needed. Afterwards, it didn't seem like it help any at all. A few days after that I began to get errors saying the memory was low and so I decided to completely start all over, going back to when I bought the computer new. However, when I attempted to do this it wouldn't let me saying the memory was low or not enough memory. Next thing I knew my computer completely crashed and I haven't been able to get it back on. Here are some of the things that are coming up when I try to start it.

1. Stop: c000021a {FATAL SYSTEM ERROR}
The session manager initialization system process
terminated unexpectedly with a status of
(0x000003a (0x00000000 0x00000000.)

The system has been shut down.

2. Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
\system root\system 32\config\SOFTWARE
orits log or alternate.

It is corrupt, absent or not writable.
Beginning dumping of physical memory.
P... Read more

Answer:Computer Doesn't Turn On

Welcome to Bleepig Computer.From what you have posted you may have a corrupted registry. The explaination on how to recover is very lenghty and complex. The best option will be for you to read the Microsoft KB and post any question you may have with us. There are two KB article that apply to your Post.If for any reason you are not sure or fell you cannot complete the task, STOp and ask questions. I feel sure we can help you thru this but you will need to read the articles.Error Message "STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure}"How to troubleshoot a "STOP 0xC000021A" error

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Hi, all. I wasn't there at the time of occurrence, but my brothers have told me that while they were on their computer, it started to ''smell like permanent marker,'' and next thing they knew, it shut off by itself.

So, I came and opened their computer, and I used a compressed air can to remove any dust that was sitting inside. I reconnected everything and put the PC back in its place, but it still doesn't turn on after multiple tries.

The monitor works, just the PC doesn't.

What else can I do? Is the PC a goner?


Answer:Computer doesn't turn on

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I recently purchased a Seagate Backup Plus 3TB hard drive with USB 3.0 connector. I connected the 3.0 cable to a 2.0 port(don't have 3.0 ports) and windows popped up saying installing drivers for new device, pretty standard stuff. After it was done I went to My Computer, but the hard drive does not show up.

I checked device manager, and it does show the drive there. When I clicked properties and tried populating the "volumes" section, a 2.8tb section did show up, but had no label, but i don't know the significance of that. Any help with this is appreciated, thanks in advance.


Answer:Solved: New Seagate 3TB hard drive doesn't show up in My Computer

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Hi I have a 1TB external USB hard drive, it is not showing up in 'my computer' the light on the hard drive is constantly flashing and randomly beeps and clicks, I have never heard this until today..
I have tried it on two laptops, windows 7 and windows 10 and in a macbook, does not show up.
I have tried a different cable from another USB device, still no luck.
It appears in device manager which says it is running normally, I have tried un-installing and re-installing, no luck! In disk manager it says the disk is unknown and not initialised, see screenshot.
Please help me recover my device, it has a lot of data on it that I don't want to lose! I hope it is still there!

Answer:USB Hard drive, beeps and clicks, doesn't show in my computer

You may have fallen victim to the "Click of Death".

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i recently got an used hp envy 14 currently running x64 home premium . since it ' s limiited edition , i dont know the full specs . i was told the HDD was over 700 GB [ 720 or 750 ? ] . when i added up the total space , it was not over 600 GB usable . now i ' m seeing a partition in computer with label Q: which i cannot open displaying " Q: is not accessible access is denied " .

- the " hide empty drives " option is checked in folder options .
- the disk management doesn ' t show the drive
- when i try to change the letter of any drive , Q : is not available .

is it possible that this drive is eating up some space ? or is 600 / 610 [ unsure ] GB max usable in the hard drive ? need to perform a clean install of win 7 ultimate . so i dont want the space to be waste or perform a format again to just get the space back . dont want to see the same problem in ultimate . so , please help me out here . thanks in advance

Answer:Mystery Partition In My Computer Doesn ' t Show Up In Disk Management

Hello rawmess and welcome to Seven Forums.

My usual disclaimer: I'm not an expert at anything.

According to your second screenshot, Disk 0 is 596.17GB. That should be the total amount of space on the disk. I'm guessing that HP installed a "620GB" hard drive. That would be based on the manufacturer using a decimal rating system where 1000KB = 1MB and 1000MB = 1GB. But in computer speak (or the binary system that computers use) it actually takes 1024KB to equal 1MB and 1024MB to equal 1GB. So if you keep dividing 620GB (620,000,000,000 bytes) by 1024 (you have to divide 3 times) you will eventually get around 596GB.

As to the mystery Q: drive, since it doesn't show up in Disk Management I'm thinking that perhaps it was a removable drive (external hard drive, flash drive) and the previous owner gave it the letter Q. Here's a couple of previous Forum threads that may offer some help.

Mystery Drive (Q:)

Hope some of this helps.

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I bout this computer from a pawn shop about 2 years ago custom made, all i know about it is that is has windows 7 an asus motherboard and when it was working it moved lightspeed. I will probably need lots of help to explain some things about my computer. Then when i returned this summer and tried to use it it refused to show on the monitor. No beeping either.

Answer:My Computer Wont Show On The Monitor.

Hello G10TheLegend

We need a little more details about your computer. Download Speccy from my signature and post a screenshot of it in your next post.

What happens when you start up? Does it show any sign of power?

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A few nights ago my sister was playing on my computer and I don't keep the side cover on, anyway she dropped my headphones into the gap and it froze the computer so i turned it off and rebooted thats when it happened, it wont do any beeps when I turn it on and I dont want to pull anything apart since I dont know what is what all the fans are working the lights are working tried 2 monitors on it still nothing please give me some advice and dumb it down a bit so I can understand it *they are pretty big headphones* thank you to anyone that helps.

Answer:The computer is turning on but the monitor won't show anything

Your information on your hard drive is probably good.
Your headphones could be ruined. What is more, your motherboard may be unrepairable.
So many components could have been damaged... cpu fan, one or more memory modules..
to save your data, I would remove the hard drive, and attempt to install another.
It is possible that every component will need to be tested, or that a simple change will bring it back to life. The problem is you don't know which. It is possible that a knowledgeable friend would be as good as a professional technologist, but I would get help from someone if your system is important to you.

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i have a good computer all working fine until i turned it on today and all of a sudden the monitor doesn't react. ei the screen stays with its orange light like its on standby waiting for the computer to turn on......but the pc is on yet it wont respond to it.

so i tested another monitor.....and another monitor-pc lead....and the problem persists.

the monitor is working fine, the pc is working fine, but they aren't working together.

makes me think the graphics card is not working properly but surely that would give errors and not simply....not appear.

the computer boots up and sound wise there nothing out of the ordinary, and the keyboard and mouuse become active and everyhting so it seems to be doing its normal things, it is just not showing through the monitor.

makes no sense i REALLY hope you can offer up some advice.

Answer:Umm my computer wont show anything through the monitor.

Perhaps, try another video card, to see if your graphics is the one with the problem.

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Hello friends,

My old computer (Intel Impression 440BX) was running Win98, I formatted and installed XP Professional. Now when I select shutdown, the computer no longer turns itself off - as it used to. I now get the "It is now safe to turn off your computer" screen and have to manually turn off the power to the Motherboard.

I didn't make any changes to BIOS (AWARD) and I looked around to see if XP changed something, but didn't notice anything. I am not that experienced with all the different BIOS settings.

Thanks for your help.

Answer:XP Doesn't turn power off my computer

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My computer attempts to turn on, then like .3 seconds after I press the power button, it turns off. I opened the case to see what was the problem. The power supply does work, because it is showing lights before cutting itself off it seems.

So far I have a list of good parts, and they are as follows:
Graphics Card
Power Supply
CD/DVD Drive
Hard Drive

I have bought a new motherboard and CPU recently.

They are: AMD FX-4100 Quad-core and ASRock 970 Extreme 3.

Any suggestions as to what is wrong?


Answer:Computer Attempts to Turn On then Doesn't

A couple of things to start with:

You say "I have a list of good parts".

What makes you think they are good?

Do your fans start to move when you try to start?

Can you hear the hard drives try to spin when you try to start?

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Hello Gurus - So - I built myself a computer about 6 months ago.  Core 2 Duo E6850 4 gigs ram etc etc.  Everything has been working fine until i came home from work today...and the thing just doesnt turn on.  I hit the power button, nothing happens.I changed outlets, and power cords and still nothing.I need help figuring out if it is the actual case button, the power supply, or something worse.Whenever the computer is plugged in, the green light on my mother board lights up, which leads me to believe the power supply is still pumping out some juice - and that the problem is with the case's "on" button.Does anyone have any solution to try and figure it out...without actually purchasing a new power supply or case?Thanks!

Answer:computer suddenly doesn't turn on

Borrow a known good PSU of the same or greater wattage and swap it in there to see if this is the issue.The MBoard light doesn't need a whole lot of juice so it basically tells you nothing.Were there any symptoms leading up to this problem ?Have you installed any new hardware recently ?Post back with your results and we'll go from there.

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Hello,it's me again.And I have another problem.When I click on the start menu >> turn off computer and whether I click Restart,stand by of turn off,the computer doesn't wan to perform the action.I can't even log off.I heard that a program might be blocking the computer from turning off but I don't know which program it is.
Can you help me,please ?

Answer:Solved: My computer doesn't turn off

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I have a Dell Dimension 8400 with Windows XP Pro on it. It's only a year and a few months old.

Anyway, a few months ago, I turned on the computer and instead of loading properly, it beeped and nothing showed up on my computer screen. And all I could hear after the beeping was the fan, which I noticed to be abnormal since the machine makes its usual running sounds. So, I opened up the computer and saw that one of the metal strips that covers an unused drive space was loose, so I tightened it back into place, closed up the computer and when I turned it on, all was well.

Now, just a few days ago, the same thing happened except nothing I did could make my computer turn back on. I tightened the metal strips, drives, checked all plugs, etc only to find out that whenever I pressed the power button the green light goes on, the beeping happens, but the computer will not turn on and function. All I still hear is the fan on inside the computer.
Please help.

Answer:my computer beeps and doesn't turn on, help!

Does the beeping stop after a certain number of beeps each time? If so, count the beeps and refer to the online help available through the PC manufacturer. It's possible the movement when you opened it up caused the machine to work again and was not related to the metal strip. (possible). If you have more than one ram module, try each one separately. This may single out a bad one. If there is any way that you can borrow a friend's ram memory module(s) try different ram. Almost every time I've had the beeping problem, it has been ram related.

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I have a sony vaio desktop (PCV-RX830 in case you're wondering). I come back from 2 months of vacation to find that my parents took my computer to their workplace so they can use it. I see it working fine as it had two months ago. So we open it up, blow the inside of dust and I bring it back to my home. As soon as I start it up at home the blue ON light comes on and so do the whirling of the fans. But then after a second or so of booting up, all the noise inside the computer slowly dies down and nothing shows up on the monitor. The blue light remains but it's obvious it's not on. After a day trying to figure out what's wrong with it, I take it to Best Buy (cuz i bought it there) and have their people look at it (the biggest mistake i've ever made).They tell me that my primary harddrive has bad sectors and my third memory card went bad (I had 3 memory cards totaling 1g).I give them the benefit of the doubt and buy a new harddrive and memory stick. I install all of these into the computer myself since I don't want to pay extra and since I've already installed harddrives and memory sticks by myself before. I start up the computer and the same exact problem occurs. Even with a new harddrive the computer just doesn't boot. Nothing shows on the screen at all. All i'm left with is the dying noise of computer parts inside the tower. Please someone tell me what's wrong and what I can do about it.

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on anymore

QuoteI have a sony vaio desktop (PCV-RX830 in case you're wondering). As soon as I start it up at home the blue ON light comes on and so do the whirling of the fans. But then after a second or so of booting up, all the noise inside the computer slowly dies down and nothing shows up on the monitor. The blue light remains but it's obvious it's not on. I buy a new harddrive and memory stick. I install all of these into the computer myself since I've already installed harddrives and memory sticks by myself before. I start up the computer and the same exact problem occurs. Even with a new harddrive the computer just doesn't boot. Nothing shows on the screen at all. All i'm left with is the dying noise of computer parts inside the tower. 1)Do you hear beeps?2)What do they sound like?3)Specs for PC?

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The computer loads to the xp home logo, sounds like its gonna shut down, then starts all over again (reboots and continues this cycle)

It's running Windows XP Home.

It was just loaded with a bunch of Windows updates, probably a years worth I'd guess. Also, a virus scan was run and found a bunch of trojans, but this was h0ours before windows update and the computer shut down / restarted properly after the virus scan was done.

Or, in other words. The virus scsan ran, tried to remove a bunch of trojans (but I guess it didn't remove them properly because it keeps getting a bunch of messages that the Trojan horse is still on it). After that, the computer restarted properly. Then, Wijnodws UPdate went, installed a bunch of things, and now it wont start properly

Anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on properly

O hyeah, Windows update installed 55 things

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I have been searching everywhere for an answer to my problem and have yet to find something. What happens is, after using my computer for extended periods of time (6hrs+) if I for some reason, shut down the computer (Or say the power cord gets yanked out) it will simply not turn back on immediately.
I click the power button to turn it back on, and for a split second the fans, etc, spin and then just cut out and everything is dead. If I click the power button on a second time, nothing even starts to work for that split second; its just completely dead. Now, if I take the power cord out, wait 10 secs, and then put it back in and power it on, I get the same split second power up, and then it goes dead.
The only way I get it back on again, is to leave the power cord out, wait around 10-15 mins, reconnect the power cord, and it works perfectly.
This problem only seems to occur when the computer is "hot", like I said after being on for a fair while, and immediately turning it back on. If I go to use it in the morning after being off all night, I never get this.

The reasons I think it may be, is either a faulty power supply, faulty power switch, or maybe the motherboard? I don't really know (Although I don't think it is the motherboard as it was only replaced a while back because of a burn out :\).
I was reading somewhere about how dodgy soldering can produce different results if the computer is hot or cold because of expanding/contracting. Could this be a ... Read more

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on after extended use

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I have a Dell Inspiron 15-3521. 2 days ago, my laptop battery percentage dropped down to 0, and as you would expect, it shut down.  I then charged it overnight thinking it would be working fine the next morning,  but the system didn't even turn on to tell me if the battery was low. Please help ASAP, thank you.

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Hey! So basically my friends computer doesnt turn on properly.
He gets a screen saying
"Windows has not started properly, choose a mode:
Safe Mode
Safe Mode with networking
Resume last settings etc"...

No matter which one you choose windows still doesn't boot. A blue screen comes up which reads:
"STOP: C0000218 {Registry File Failure}
The registry cannot load the (file):
or its log alternative
It is corrupt, absent or not writable"

We've put the recovery disc in etc and no hope. Any advice on what to do would be great thanks.
Oh, and this happened just after he defragged his computer. He restarted it after the defrag and this started happening...

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on, maybe a virus?

Try this link:
You have a corrupt registry hive file (duh! The error message told you that!). The above link is a step-by-step guide on fixing the problem. You'll need your XP CD so you can enter the Recovery Console. Be sure to follow each step exactly as described; there's some command typing involved so be VERY careful when typing the commands and don't mess up or skip one by mistake. You'd be better off printing the article for reference whilst peforming the repair. You might want to read thru the steps a couple of times first, just so you have a good idea of what's happening... good luck!


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my computer does turn on... but the monitor acts as if the computer were still turned off, the mouse doesn't turn on either, nor the keyboard, the cd rom doesn't respond either, the computer is turn on but it's as if it weren't.. what can be my problem and how do I fix it, if it can be fixed?..please help

Answer:computer doesn't turn on..technacally

I would be trying a new power supply as my first step as it sounds yours has partially failed.

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I've just returned from a weeks holiday and I tried to turn my computer on but it fails to do so.

I left my computer as I normally do. I use it everyday usually, but returned to find it not working. The red light on the front of my case is on, indicating that there is power to the machine.

I opened my case and pressed the power button to see if anything happened. I noticed that my fan moved for half a second when I pressed the power button, but that is it.

I have unplugged the 24 pin and 4 pin cables that were plugged into my motherboard and plugged them back in.

Ive taken out the battery on the motherboard to restart the CMOS (I think it's called that) and put it back in. Doesn't work.

I have tested the computer's power cable with my monitor and that turns it on. I've tested the wall socket with a lamp, and the lamp works.

Any help please?!

Here's my spec.

Gigabyte B75-MD3H
Intel Core i7 (3770) 3.5GHz X 4 (14GHz) L2 Cache 8MB
8 x USBS Ports Onboard Raid 0/ Raid 1/ Raid 0+1
5.20 Internal Card Reader & High Definition Audio Surround Sound
Network Fast Ethernet Gigabit Lan & Wireless Lan 802.11b/g/n
Ram 8GB DDR3 Kingston Hyper X
Display PCI Express NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660Ti 2048MB
Hard Drive 500GB SATA II
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on (a week after non use)

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Hey, like the title says, when I shutdown my computer, sometimes it don't shutdown at all.. everything will turn off like monitors, other devices, etc but the computer just don't turn off. Sometimes it'll turn off but it takes like 10 mins or so. This computer is not slow by any means, I just custom built it for gaming. Anyways, I've tried cleaning it up using bleachbit, defragging it, cleaning the registry, and I even ran chkdsk to repair errors on the drive which took hrs but it's still doing the same thing so I came to the conclusion that it might be a program that might be not responding and just doesn't want to end. What do you think?

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My problem is that in my computer with windows xp I used to always use the thumbnail view in the windows explorer to know which videos where which and also for images. But then my computer got all screwed up and I had to reformat it and install the windows xp again and downloaded all the new service packs and stuff.

But now, I go to either the windows explorer or my computer and for images I can see the thumbnails but for videos it only shows either the windows media or realplayer logo but no thumbnail image of the video. It is driving me crazy because I really need to be able to see the thumbnails in order to identity them fast instead of having to open all of them!

I have tried changing options in the folder options and everything and nothing works! Can somerone please help me out????????????????????? Thanks

Answer:Image doesn't show on thumbnail view for videos on my computer/win explorer!!!! Help?

Hiya and welcome

I've moved you to WinXP forum for more response

Do you have the media files in a certain folder, say My Music, or jotted all over the place? The reason I ask, is that I have some in My Pictures, but they won't show as a preview, just the pictures will. But, if I move them to My Music, it works.

Do the media clips work okay, apart from the preview part?



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yea, thats about it...
here's a screenshot:

(it should show my external hard drive and my phone... but it doesnt)

Helllpppp guyysss!

Answer:Ejectable hardware doesn't show in my computer... USB/Phone/ETC! Screenshot included!

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some 1 plz help me my comp wont show any thing on monitor all iy does is two beeps i have switched it whith other monitors but it still doesnt work plz help me

Answer:plz help me my computer wont show any thing on monitor

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

We need a lot more info from you before we can help out.

Is this a new system you just built, or a system that has been working in the past and suddenly stopped?

Please list your complete system specs:

If you have a pre-made computer, list the company name and model number. If you have a home made system, we need to know

ram speed and siz:
power supply:

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Ok, my computer gives me hard time that I have no idea what to do. Before that my computer was running fine. One day when I got back, I realize the computer was automatically turn off (usually I have it on for days).

Then I restart my computer, but whenever it comes to the moment where we can press the F8 screen, it will quickly turn to the blue screen for 1 second and then the computer will restart again.

I even try to access to safe mode and hope to have the problem fix but it does the same with restarting the computer again and again.

Now it even worse, when I turn on my computer, even the PC is running but there is nothing show on the monitor. I know there is nothing wrong with the monitor because I test the monitor with another computer and it just works fine.

Any one knows what cause the problem or how to fix this problem? This really drive me crazy as I totally have no idea how to fix this problem. Thanks in advance for any suggestions/solutions.

Answer:Solved: Nothing show on monitor when computer starts

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when i power up my computer everything starts up fine. The GPU fan works, CPU fan works, and the PSU fan works. But for some reason when i start it up, the monitor cant detect the video card. It says "No Signal" on the monitor. If anyone has a clue what is wrong please help. -Tommy M

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8ghz, 3mb L2 cache
Western Digital WD1600JS 160gb Hard Drive
Thermaltake 450w XP550 NP Power Supply
Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 Motherboard
XFX Geforfce 9800GT Pci-E
2x1gb Kingston HyperMemory PC6400 DDR2

Answer:Computer Powers up, But oesnt show anything on the monitor.

try disconnecting the power cable and taking out your battery for 30 seconds or so..
or try changing the bios jumper over and powering on then off then replace to original position. to reset the bios.

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When i went to bed my computer was working fine. but when i woke up (8 hours later or so), When i press the power button nothing happens, not even a choke to try and start up. The weid thing is that when i turn on the rear power switch, the motherboard green LED is on. So im not sure if this is consistent with PSU failure? I would have that PSU failure for sure but now im not certain.
i have tried:
Using a known good power socket.
switching the power and reset buttons on the motherboard to see if it was the siwtch
Short circuiting the on switch on the motherboard.
When i unplug the motherboard power cable from PSU, the green LED turns off, when i plug it back in it turns back on.

Does anyone know if its a PSU problem or somethign easier? Because it's really throwing me off. I think i have to be getting power, since the mobo LED is on.

Answer:Computer doesn't turn on, but mobo LED light on

Hello and welcome to techspot.

I'm not good at all when it comes to this case, but coincidentally, i have the same issue last year.So i decided to write some possible reasons :
1. PSU failure (+12V A rail is too low)
2. Capacitors leaked
3. Heatsink and thermal gel not installed properly
4. Few drives problem such as HDD or optical drive
5. short circuited cables inside the case.

So far, when this problem happens to me, i could not turn on the PC whenever the HDD is attached. But when i unattach it, the computer would on.
Or another issue, i have a fan in the case which i have not installed yet. Accidentally, when i move it with a pincer to the correct position, the metal parts of the fan get in contact with the CPU case. Straight after that my computer turned off, BUT the CPU LED is on.

Well, let's find out more about your computer, can you give your system specs here?

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Hi, I set my computer to turn on at 2AM in Bios and it did work for a few years but as long as i installed windows 10 it doesn't work and i don't want to do this by task scheduler!!! What should i do? Thank you

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Recently my graphics card stuffed up, whenever I restarted my computer there would be three consecutive 'beeps' and the screen would stay black. I had it repaired and the person handing me back my hard drive (not the guy who repaired it) said that a new card was installed and it was apparently better for gaming.
I played games such as Age of Empires III and Civilization 4, however the games crashed occasionally. Age of Empires had never crashed when my old graphics card was installed (Nvidia Geforce graphics card) however my new card is an Asus, and during the play of civilization 4 the terrain details would disappear and black squares would emerge, then the whole screen goes into negative colours, bright yellows, purples and greens and then the computer shuts off restarts several times. This happened several times before and I would just restart. However it happened and my computer never started again. I cleaned out the iside of the hard drive and removed the dust.
The computer is 4 years old but it was well maintained, the power supply had been changed 2-3 years earlier, its brand is Hi-Tech.
I was wondering wether it is a graphics card issue, power supply issue or motherboard issue. Also I was wandering if replacing parts or buying a new hard drive is the best thing to do.

-Navneet (This occured Saturday July 17th 2010)

Answer:Computer crashed and doesn't turn on anymore

1st thing to do is get your hands on a DECENT power supply............. hi tech doesn't seem to be a mainstream "quality" brand
.....try antec,thermaltake,corsair to name a few pref' 600w+

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