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Help with Hardware Guess?

Well, I hoped the hardware issue of earlier was just a scare, but apparently not. Now my machine locked up while idling. What do you think, motherboard?

I do not know exactly what happened. The cable guy was in here yanking cables about and something happened. All I know was that the computer was off when I came in behind him and it would not turn back on.

Some of leds came on and case fans came on, but no motherboard lights and no beeps and well, not much else.

So, I hoped I could clean it up and reseat cards, but it still would not come back on. Until I gave up and let it sit for an hour or so. Then it fired back up.

Buut, I came back in here after hoping the news feeds pulled in and everything was locked up. It restarted, but this is the beginning of the end of something.

If you had to guess, what does this sound like to you? Video card? Motherboard?

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Hardware Guess

Sounds to me like a motherboard failure. Most likely a capacitor (the little round can shape items) or 2 or....
You might be able to tell if you can look at them ( magnifying glass will help ) and see if any are bulging, leaking, or have opened up. If this is the case it can be repaired and there are a few places that will do it but it is not cheap. The capacitors themselves are not expensive but the time and expertise to unsolder the old ones and solder in the new ones is.

Most often it is cheaper (and quicker) to buy a new motherboard.

You asked for a guess, and that's the best I can do for now, sight unseen.

re: guess

Yep, I think you're right.

Thanks for weighing in.

re: Hardware

I'd "guess" power supply or RAM.

RAM is easy to test, download Memtest+ ISO, burn to a bootable cd, let it run for several passes. If there's no errors, then RAM is ok.

Power Supply's are way more likely to fail then Mainboards. Once the power supply is bad (or flaky) then the mb's become unstable, lockup, or crash.

After PS or RAM, then check cooling fans. Overheating the CPU (or GPU) can cause lockups.

If you need spare parts - let me know what you need, probably have it in the "junk box".

Big Grin

Hardware quess

~I agree with Vonskippy on power supply a most likely candidate. I have replaced two in the last year. Good luck whatever the cause.

Smile

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