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Trying to find out what needs to be replaced on my dead computer (I think it may have been lightning / power failures that caused the desktop to die). I have power, but no beeping and no start-up. Fans power up, but nothing on the screen. Not sure if it is a power supply problem or a Motherboard problem. How can I find out what easily (ie I don't have any meter devices to check power) what the problem is? Motherboard is an IBM, 2.8 Ghz, with 2 Gig Ram, and 40gb Hard Drive. Moth


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Not going to get far without a meter on this one.o.k.hopefully you have a little tech knowledge,first thing is to eliminate anything unnecessary,pull all pci cards including graphics and sound as long as you have onboard vga for monitor ,run one hard drive in ide1 (primary) one cdrom on ide 2,,and floppy if installed ,remove all ram sticks ,unclip heatsync and carefully unlock main processor and remove to safe spot away from eletronics or magnets,get some compressed air blow out the socket and the ram slots and anything else that needs it,replace main processor ,apply some pressure downward as you lock it in(not to much)install one ram stick,wouldnt hurt to pull the bios battery for an hour or two during this .cleanup,then re assemble and attempt to power up,if nothing,unplug remove ram stick and replace with other one same slot,try to boot agian,do this with all slots one stick at a time if nothing,now you will need a meter,un plug power supply connectors from motherboard and test,or if you have another power supply with same specs and plug config,swap it ,hopefully something shows up hope this helps, aloha from maui todd0708
In no green lights? If you had a video card you could use it to find if just your video went out. That might be the case. Does the cd eject bottons work? That won't tell you anything unless it sounds like its trying to load it. If so you might just need a video card.
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