Why doesn't my computer turn on?

Question

I usually always leave my PC on. I shut down for the holidays and upon my return I pushed the power button and nothing happened. Everything else connected to that power strip was functioning. I have changed power cords, confirmed a working outlet, changed outlets, no change. I then contacted the manufacturer. They had me check for "flea" power. On the motherboard there is a green light lit when the computer is plugged in. Thus, they stated the problem was not with the power supply. They then had me pull the memory out and try to power up, again absolutely nothing. Any ideas on where the problem may lie? Thank you.

Answer

This question was answered on December 2, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Do the fans start up? Make sure the CPU fan is properly seated and plugged into the motherboard properly Make sure all the cables are seated properly both inside and outside the machine Disconnect computer from electrical outlet and wait a minute, then plug it back in Check for tripped breakers, burnt fuses, etc Make sure the powerstrip is turned on If there is a power switch on the power supply on the back of the computer, turn this off then back on Also you might need to change the voltage setting of the power supply Something else you might want to try is to turn off the power, remove and reinstall the memory, CPU, HD/floppy cables, and reapply power and test

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Posted by Henry of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 2, 2004