Computer will not power on

January 3, 2010 at 12:29:44
Specs: Windows xp
I have a emacines t3410 desktop. I noticed the front USB ports & card reader were not working. I attempted to restart it thinking there may have been a "gliche". However the computer would never power back on. I noticed a "ticking" noise from the power supply, so I tried a new power supply cord, nothing, then I switched the psu out of an older computer & it ticked as well. so I am unable to get it to come on at all. I purchased a new laptop but i need to recover the files from my old computer. what is the best way of doing this.
thanks in advance!

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January 3, 2010 at 13:47:47
If you're looking to recover the files without repairing this PC, you'll need to take out the hard drive. That's always a little risky when you don't know what's caused the original problem though.

I would imagine it's still tied to the power supply somehow. What spec is your actual desktop PC?

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January 3, 2010 at 15:15:46
Are you sure it's the PSU that's clicking. Failure to boot is usually related to the HDD which can make a clicking sound.

eMachines are famous for PSU failures which , quite often, cause other failures. HDDs Motherboards...etc.

You may be able to recover the Files from the eMachine HDD by use of an Adapter or external HDD enclosure that connects to your LT via USB cable. Lots of options available.

If it's the HDD that's clicking you may have problems recovering Data.

Are you sure, I mean SURE, the 2nd PSU was compatible, or even working?

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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January 3, 2010 at 15:34:13
Computer was operating just fine until the ports started malfunctioning. I'm pretty sure that it is the psu that was making the ticking noise, as I removed it to get a better listen. It is a bestec. As far as the other computer's psu, I have no idea if it is compatiable or what not. I know that I had it hooked up correctly & it made the same noise. It very well could have been a faulty psu as well.

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