Computer Will Not Start

| April 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

There are several reasons why a computer will not start. It will be either a hardware or software issue. Software problems can generally be fixed by removing malware, reinstalling system drivers or by fixing Windows errors. Hardware problems, on the other hand, are much more clear cut and easier to diagnose.

Computer Has No Power

If your computer will not start, meaning it seems like it is dead or partially dead, then you probably have a bad power supply. There are, of course, other components that can cause a no power issue, but usually we need to start at the source and check the power supply first. The power supply is at the rear of the PC, usually near the top of the case, and it is what gets plugged into the wall or power strip. If you open the case, you will notice the power supply is more complex inside. You will have a main power connector that is either a 20-pin or a 24-pin. You will also have multiple connectors that go to various components in the case, like the hard drive, optical drives and sometimes even the video card.

computer has no power

There are a couple of ways to test the power supply. The easiest is to purchase a cheap Power Supply Tester. You can also use a multimeter to check for proper voltages of 3.3, 5.5 and 12.

You can also try running a jump from the PS_ON pin–the one with the green wire to a black ground lead. A paperclip can be used for this test.

Power off the computer, disconnect the power supply from the wall outlet. Insert one end of the paperclip down into the space where the green wire attaches to the power supply plug. Do the same for the black wire using the other end of the paper clip.

If the computer fires up, then you have a bad power supply. You can buy new power supplies straight from the manufacturer or go through your local computer repair shop. If you know exactly what type you need, you can purchase them online, as well.

Resolution Summary:

Check the power supply with a power supply tester.

You can also use a multimeter.

Jump the PS-ON lead to a ground wire.

Category: Troubleshoot

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