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10-30-2000, 08:28 PM
I shut down this computer to remove a cd-writer drive. The drive was just sitting inside not connected. I installed a hard drive touching only the ribbon cable and power connector. When I tried turning on cpu nothing happened. Checked plugs, nothing happened. Bypassed surge protector, nothing happened. Changed power cord, nothing happened. That is where I am at this point. What are the next steps? Lithium Battery, Power Supply, ?????????? Please help.
10-30-2000, 10:56 PM
Welcome, haven! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
First, is there a power switch on the case (maybe on the back)? I replaced a power supply once, only to find out I'd forgotten to turn the case switch back on. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/redface.gif
Next, when you say nothing's happening, does that mean no lights, fan sounds, beeps, etc.? Absolutely nothing??? If so, sounds like the whole PC isn't getting any power whatsoever. Unplug the power cord completely from the PC and wait about 15 minutes, then plug it back in and try turning it on again. Even if the new hard drive jumper or cable is wrong, you should at least hear the fans running and see case lights come on.
Guess it could be the power supply if it's an older one, but I'd be surprised if it just died that quickly. Although with computers, nothing really surprises me anymore!
Hopefully someone else here will have some more suggestions for you.
If the power supply switch is turned on and all the power connections are where they should be yoy might want to check some of the smaller cabling. If you computer's power switch (in the front) is not directly connected to the power supply (through the motherboard) then your computer will not start up. Had that problem when putting my computer together.
11-02-2000, 12:13 PM
Matt's right! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif Check the wire running from your front power switch to be sure it's connected to the motherboard. If it isn't, your motherboard won't get any power and won't boot. Your manual should have a schematic picturing the correct pins the wire connects to.
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