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Old 01-14-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Strange thing happened yesterday. Was working online, Norton put a flag up that there was high CPU usage, a fan kicked on, so I figgered something was warming up. Backed up my work, closed down my programs and shut the computer down. No problems, right? Went back to start back up and no response from power on. System is older, Dell 8400 series that runs 24/7. New mobo back last spring, No indications of any problems prior to this. I didn't have time to tear into it yet, as I had some other issues that were more pressing at the time.

I'm not springing for another mobo, if it's definitely gone (hard to believe though), but I can get another PSU in a day or so. Only other option is to save the HD for a slave so at least I can get my data off, or maybe try to set it up on this machine . Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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It does sound like the PSU died.
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You need to try everything with a different 'working' PSU.
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thankx for the reply... like I said had more "eminent" problems at the moment (cold, roof leak, etc) all came at the same time. Least I have a "spare" system to use, although, I'm not familiar with the way some of my programs work with Win7...the old machine was tried and true... no problems.. 24/7/365... no gaming, no messing... it was fine. It took me a few years to "beat it into submission, ", but it's been steady for the past several years.


Considering it let me shut down, "legally".. and backed up at least my working file,, means something. right now, I'm on a Win7 machine.. only a couple years old. The computer that messed up was running xp pro.. current is Win7 Pros, 64 bit system...how about trying to make a slave drive off the old HD, and being able to dual boot??? Just because I have some "old backup" stuff that I need, that will run in XP, (least on the network, the data is from a WIN98 laptop that is almost toast..)
OK, I"ll be looking at a PSU,.. first,.... but I'm still looking at """combining"/dual boot".. just t be able to eliminate extra stuff that's taking up room... ya know.

Had the XP machine working perfect, including network... ran into snags when I introduced the Win7 to networking, and believe me, I like things SIMPLE!!!.

Sorry, I've been around, but not this road, this time...A little age on me...
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got another psu on the way.. may help..if it does.. that's great.if not, then maybe I'll need a bit of help/expertise with using the old hardrive with Win7 machine.. in a dual boot situation... Pretty sure it can be done. Keeping it simple, of course

I've been so attached to this "old" machine, that it ain't funny... XP, it let ms tweak it a bit, and never let me down.since... and I'm still trying to figger out Win7 with some of the same programs.. so bear with me, if you will.

Thanks much, I appreciate the help.
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No problem.
If the PSU works, great, problem solved.
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I'm noping... for sure... if not.. plan B....can use the space anyway.. here.

Just that I had a "Bunch" of stuff that worked on the old XP machine, what worked well.. Learning Win7 is a "pain"., at times... !!! What isn't broke, shouldn't be.. especially operating systems and hardware! I"ll be back in touch.. .as I said.. some of us older folks came in on the "end of the leaning curve"..., and I don't have any grandkids..!!!, So, it was learn as ya go.., update,maybe...

Not even ready to try to "learn" another operating system.... so hopefully.. a PS will take care of it.

Now, if ya want to learn how to use a chainsaw/splitter, cut wood, and even light a match, I may be of more help.. especially when it's cold!!!

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Update....well, new power supply, no go., still have LED on the mobo, no action elswhere. I think, I heard a one beep.. when we plugged in the power, but it was faint, if at all. .

looks like mobo failure, ???? Cant believe it let me finish a flash data backup before it went south?
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Update....well, new power supply, no go., still have LED on the mobo, no action elswhere. I think, I heard a one beep.. when we plugged in the power, but it was faint, if at all. .

looks like mobo failure, ???? Cant believe it let me finish a flash data backup before it went south?
Yeah most likely a motherboard failure in my view. When the other power supply was in, was there any LED on the motherboard ?
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Yes, LED was on with the new supply, we also checked with the old one, and the LED also was lit. Nothing else was happening..period.. no fans, nuttin

As I said, I hated to think it would be a new mobo, but.. well, it happens. It was an OEM replacement, anyway. Just strange that it let me do the one backup before it bit the dust. Maybe I should just have let the system run... ? Well.. maybe not.

At this point, I'm probably looking to either recovery off the old drive, or (MUCH RATHER) install the old drive in my current system and be able to dual boot. Least I may be able to run/recover some stuff. I'd rather be able to run dual, though,.. unless the headaches get me.. Some of the stuff I have is close to 10 years or better old, on older drives (remember ZIP/floppy_?)

Oh well, I digress...
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