power switch problem?

captainwinters January 30, 2009 at 13:10:19
Specs: Windows XP
ok one day my computer wouldnt turn on. I tried switching out everything, mobo, ram, cpu, power supply and even got a new case. it still doesnt turn on so my friend was saying I am just an idiot because obviously I did something wrong but I have tried everything, making sure the power switch is where it should be etc. one odd thing what I pushed on the main power connection and the computer turned on, I held it down untill it booted up then released and power cut out again. I have tried both power supplies and it doesnt it with both. please help me, let me know what I am doing wrong because I am sure I am doing something stupid

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January 30, 2009 at 13:18:47
Are you getting the same results with both cases?

Normally holding the power switch for 3 seconds is used to SHUT DOWN the computer.

All that is needed is to make momentary contact.

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January 30, 2009 at 14:13:28
"I pushed on the main power connection and the computer turned on"

It sounds like that motherboard might have a poor connection in or around the power connector.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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