XP PC Was alive is now dead

January 5, 2010 at 11:00:37
Specs: Windows XP
Hello, my pc has just recently started giving
me many troubles and now doesnt boot at all.
I will tell you the build up to this.

First started with windows not booting always,
getting a very long hangs after loading or just
getting stuck while booting, which forced me
to restart the pc (note it did work
sometimes).Then later on during the same
week while i was playing CoD4 online, my
case made a pretty bad sound, as if it was
hitting against something. My frames droped
from a steady 40+ to 18 and then it would
freeze for a few seconds and give me the Blue
Screen (bsod i think they call it). Not being
clever with a pc, i decided to just restart the pc
and it worked!, so started again with CoD4 and
again the blue screen after a hard thump
sound in the case. After this second time i
decided to leave the pc off. Next day i tried it,
got hangs at windows loading but got in to the
desktop after time and ran a virus scan with
AVG and it came clean. Next day i try to start
the pc and it wont boot at all, but fans are
spinning, lights are on but no beep and
nothing on the screen. Day after that and the
pc won't start at all, no fan, no beep, nothing.

this leads me to think its either the PSU ,GPU
or it could be my faulty wall plug (highly
unlikely that its the wall plug since my phone
still charges from it). What do you guys think?
cause im planning on getting another PSU.

Note that this pc is old, could be 3-4 years
old. Was running on windows XP 32-bit

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January 5, 2010 at 11:05:01
Forgot to mention before it would stop booting at all, my front
USB ports stoped working as i couldnt find the phone/modem
that i pluged in there to get a internet connection.

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January 5, 2010 at 13:04:23
It sounds like symptoms of a failing PSU. Does the psu smell burnt? If you're going to invest in a new psu, get one with a single 12 volt rail. Not knowing your system specs, but the age of your machine, you should look at a psu around 450 watts. Look at the Corsair psu's on newegg.com. Good Luck.

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January 5, 2010 at 13:26:32
Doesnt smell as if it was burnt but it could be cause this happend a few days ago. I went through a bunch of old hardware i found and came across a 300w psu that has the following on it

V~Input voltage current freq
115v 8A 60Hz-50Hz
230v 4A

V output +3.3v +5v +12v -5v -12v +5vsb
28A 30A 15A 0.3A 0.8A 2A

Max 180w / 180w

+5V&+3.3V combined 180W max. +5v&+3.3V&+12V combined 280w max. Total output 300w max.

will this run the following cause i actually found some better things inside there than what my current was. Such as the cpu and gpu :D lucky days i guess.

Intel Celeron(R) CPU 2.40GHz
1.25GB of Ram
7800gs OC edition (might be standard, i dont know)
Mobo is a gigabyte GA-82661FXMP-RZ (according to cpu-z)
got 1 80gig hardrive
and 1 dvd player.

Just use it to watch videos and play music on.

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January 5, 2010 at 13:31:00
Forgot to mention i game a bit, not much at all (once or twice a week) but when i might it could stress the psu more.

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January 5, 2010 at 13:37:05
You could hook it up and try it. See if it posts. If it does, that's a good start. At least you know the mobo is getting power. 300 watts may work, I'm no expert on this subject.

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