Fan runs, but nothing else

February 20, 2006 at 08:27:02
Specs: XP, 433/96

When I turn on the PC, the fan runs, but nothing else happens. Nothing comes on the monitor and I don't hear the hard drive doing anything.

I had used for a couple of years with no problems. We had this trouble with at after we moved it to my mother's home. It was working fine when I packed it up to move it. When we set it up and turned it on at her house, this is what happened. Any ideas????

Rebecca Jerkins

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February 20, 2006 at 10:29:29

Check inside to see if anything got shaken loose in the move.

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February 20, 2006 at 14:21:40

"...I don't hear the hard drive doing anything."

If after you check for loose connections, reseat everything, if this is still the case, then you PS may be dead - it can happen suddenly - see this:

you could also try the hard drive on another computer, but they usually don't stop spinnning suddenly.

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February 20, 2006 at 20:13:01

I appreciate the responses, but I am a friggin' idiot. I have no idea what "reseating" and "PS" mean. If someone would be so kind as to inform me, I would love to try out these suggestions.

Rebecca Jerkins

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February 20, 2006 at 22:28:37

Re-seating means making sure all the connectors are in as far as they can go, such as on the data and power cables for the drives and the main connector from the power supply to the motherboard, the cards and ram in the slots are in the bottoms of their slots, and all the small connectors such as the ones for the power switch and are still connected to the proper pins. Usually the cpu is fine in it's socket, but make sure it's fan is plugged in and spins easily - it's okay for it to move in jumps - and the cpu sink is not clogged with dust, etc.

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February 20, 2006 at 22:32:32

Reseating means to remove circuit boards and reinstall them to make sure they seat or connect properly in their respective connectors. PS is Power Supply. Make sure that the Heatsink fan is properly connected to it's designated connector on the motherboard. Heatsink is that metal block with fins and a fan, on top of the CPU (Central Processing Unit). The motherboard is the big 12 x 9.6 circuit board where all the components are mounted. Make sure that the 20 or 24 pin power supply connector is properly seated (connected) to the mating connector on the motherboard.

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