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Jan. 4th, 2007

07:54 pm - AAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!!

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My computer just died!

It suddenly switched itself off while I was reading some webpage, and wouldn't turn back on. A minute later, it apparently tried to turn itself on while I was out of the room, but there was some kind of burning electrical smell, and when I turned the monitor back on, I saw nothing.

I unplugged it, and I'm on Mom's computer right now until further notice.

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

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From:zeek_hedgehog
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
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awww man...i hope its nothing major and that it will be easy and cheap to fix.
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From:halfshell
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
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you said smoking? Can i bring the marshmellows?
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From:wildfox34
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
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EEP! Sounds like the power supply overloaded. o.o
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From:zalno
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
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That sucks ass, dude. Hope you can get a new compy soon, KT.
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From:palabrajot
Date:January 5th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
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Sounds like the power supply, depending on where the fizzle was coming from. I wouldn't turn it back on til you get a new one in there; PS problems can spread. The good news is that they're a relatively cheap & easy fix.
Could just be a popped capacitor in the monitor, too.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 5th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
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The monitor's fine. (It's one of those flat plasma-screen thingies.)
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From:palabrajot
Date:January 5th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
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My (completely amateur and unguaranteed) diagnosis suggests that you take the power supply out, (assuming you're handy with a screwdriver,) show it to the guys at your favorite computer shop and tell them that you want one just like it, but with the magic smoke still sealed inside. Should be about $40. Carefully connect the new one.

If it works, you're welcome.

If it doesn't, it was Groat's idea. ^.^
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From:gedrean
Date:January 5th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
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If you're not troubleshooting and isolation savvy and don't have a spare power supply to test with, take to a service provider, local compy shops work well.
Tell them the symptoms you are experiencing, and that some friends of yours on the internet suspect the power supply but could they troubleshoot it to find out if that is correct.

If you are savvy, I would suggest opening up the computer and examining the cabling and power lines. Check for any components with odd smells, burn marks, etc. DO NOT make physical contact with any components. Check to make sure if any of the addon cards show marks or scarring, pay careful attention to the video card.

If you find burned components, replace as needed.
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From:palabrajot
Date:January 5th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Well, granted, it is more involved than how I made it sound, but KT has a better sense of his own tech savvy than I do, as well as his financial situation. Either way, whether he chooses to try it himself or pay a repair service, he's the best one to know whether he'd be in over his shell. If he isn't comfortable inside a computer, this is not the best way to teach, or learn.

I had virtually no trouble replacing my own PS last year, tho I was lucky that mine chose to die fairly quietly, instead of crashing into the main board like a kamikaze Zero, as was the case with a friend's PS that very month. ^.^
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 6th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
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I'm having youngvanwinkle look at it; see tonight's post. :}
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From:bobskunk
Date:January 5th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
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Hope the PSU's the introverted sort that offs itself quietly rather than the cheaper sort that get angry at the world and become determined to take everything it can with it. Or perhaps it's a literal bug like the one that killed my school's server.

Either way, if you are technically inclined, should be able to determine what went wrong if it's not under a major brand warranty. Otherwise, go with them, or find a small shop, anything but a big box repair center and never Geek Squad. Good luck on getting it fixed, there.
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From:orv
Date:January 5th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
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I find this is often the endgame of a dead power supply fan. Fan goes out, computer shuts itself down randomly due to overheating, and eventually the power supply gets so hot it dies.

If it's not a Dell, you can probably use a generic replacement power supply. If it's a Dell, you have to use a Dell power supply. (The connectors are the same but Dell uses a slightly different pinout.)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:January 5th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Just as Joel Achenbach observed, RL computers aren't homicidal like HAL; they're suicidal. He thinks he'd prefer HAL, because at least then he'd know the motivation.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:January 6th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
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ISTR (may be mistaken) but isn't this a fairly new (under two years old) computer? If so not only does that suck big steaming donkey balls, but it may be under warranty.
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