Solved Gateway desktop power light but nothing else

December 5, 2011 at 05:52:16
Specs: Windows Vista/Windows 7 dual boot, Intel Pentium 4, about 2.9 GHz/512 RAM, about to be 1 GB
Ok, one day, I turned on the surge protector to power up my Gateway 420GR Desktop Computer. (My computer was on hibernate, and if I don't turn the power surge off at night, my computer turns on in the middle of the night. So when I turn the surge back on, then the computer fires up) For the first 2 or 3 seconds, It was turning on perfectly. (Including the first few seconds it takes to show the manufactures splash screen) and then all of the sudden, I heard everything go quite, and the only thing I saw was the power light. Nothing else. Help! I do not want to go inside the computer unless it is absolutely necessary. I am having new ram coming soon,(2x512) so if it is a ram problem, that I can fix that. :3

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#1
December 5, 2011 at 06:53:12
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The computer wasn't on hibernate if the surge protector was off. The computer was off once you shut the surge protector.

Either way, chances are the power supply is bad.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#2
December 5, 2011 at 07:57:28
I will only replace the power supply if I am 100% positive that it is the power supply. Later, I will test if it is the RAM, or the motherboard... But how could this happen? It is just one random morning out of the rest...? Additional information: When the computer has power (Not when I click the power button to turn it on), the computers power button light is on. When it does not have power, the computers power button is still lit up for about 5 or 10 seconds, then turns off...?

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#3
December 5, 2011 at 10:51:18
"When it does not have power, the computers power button is still lit up for about 5 or 10 seconds, then turns off...?"

This is the case for many electric appliances. Capacitors still hold a charge for a few seconds, even if you pull the plug out of the wall.

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#4
December 5, 2011 at 10:55:15
Oh ok... But what about when your computer is on, and you turn off the surge? It turns off immediately right? (Not that I turn off my surge when the computer is on) I am probably guessing it is because the computer is not using any power BECAUSE IT WON'T BOOT!!! Help? :3

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#5
December 5, 2011 at 13:51:27
Help? :D

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#6
December 5, 2011 at 14:13:14
Ok, It is most likely the power supply, just like guapo said. Thanks guapo, and in a few days, week, maybe 2 weeks, if this works, then yay, and this problem will be solved :D

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#7
December 5, 2011 at 15:27:58
You have no reason to blame the supply, first, because all components of a power system remain unknown. Supply only does what the power controller tells it to do. That controller will even lock a CPU until the controller decides when a CPU can execute.

Second, some peripherals are inputs to the power controller; can request a PSU turn on. Disable those peripherals 'power on request' lines in CMOS.

Third, computer consumes some power even when hibernated or shutdown. Removing the power cord does not affect or change hibernate or shutdown; can affect sleep. That power is why a computer's power cord must be removed before disconnecting or installing anything inside the computer. A power controller is always powered when AC mains are connected.


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#8
December 11, 2011 at 07:17:33
Thanks weston; however it was the power supply. It's fixed now :D

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