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I plug in the computer and only the fan and power light come on.

I plug in the computer and only the fan and power light come on.   I can hit the power button and nothing happens just the fan stays on.   No matter what I hit nothing comes up on the monitor.  I have tried a new monitor still same only the fan turns on when I plug in the computer.   Can anyone help me with this problem????


Thanks Chad
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college_fellow
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nobusCommented:
you can try this :
-test with another power supply
-disconnect all disk drives and cd drives, remove all cards, leave only the video card, cpu, ram (1stick) and boot.
does it give an image? then add devices 1 by 1 till the bad guy is found (turn power off ech time !)
-try another video card, even a chep PCI card will do for testing
- try the other ram stick, or other ram
if no screen mobo or cpu are bad
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DabasCommented:
Hi Chad,
When a computer starts up, it does all sorts of verifications of its system.
One of the verifications is to check if a monitor is connected properly. (Video card functioning properly?)

On most systems, if this check fails, the system will make a short sygnal twice.
Do you hear such a short sygnal?

Dabas
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college_fellowAuthor Commented:
Can you discribe what each one of those look like I an new to fixing computers.


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college_fellowAuthor Commented:
All that the computer does when I plug it in is the fan turns on and the power light stays on.   I cannot open the cd drive I cant start the computer nothing the fans just  runs.

Chad
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DabasCommented:
No sound at all?
The Floppy drive light does not come on at all?
The Hard Disk light does not come on at all?

If the answer to all three questions is no, then I would suggest you bring in a technician. I would suggest you do not try to fixing it yourself if you do not have the knowledge

Dabas
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nobusCommented:
if you cannot try what i suggested - then there is nothing you can do, except call in a tech.
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college_fellowAuthor Commented:
No sound but the fan turned on.  Anyone have an idea what would cause this?

Chad
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DabasCommented:
college_fellow,
> Anyone have an idea what would cause this?
1) A faulty motherboard
2) A faulty video card
3) A faulty Hard Disk
4) A Hardware conflict

amongst others.

Dabas
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college_fellowAuthor Commented:
So where is all of my programs and files stored on Memory? Hard drive?   Is there anyway of saving my files?

Chad
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DabasCommented:
Hard drive

If the fault is one of 1,2,4 then your files will still be there.

Just call a techie. We cannot help you any more.

Dabas
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college_fellowAuthor Commented:
My question was where are the FILES stored on the Hard drive or the memory of the computer?

Chad
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DabasCommented:
college_fellow,
And my answer was HARD DRIVE
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maramomCommented:
If you connect the hard drive to another system , you can retrieve your files, or at least verify they are intact,  provided there is no fault with the hard drive. You can also purchase an enclosure and hook the drive externally to another system with a USB (or firewire) port.
examples: http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/Subcategory.asp?Subcategory=92
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ridCommented:
The problem you describe could be caused by a large number of things. Since you don't provide any kind of background, we can only guess. If you haven't touched the system, like opened it, attached or removed peripherals or so, my GUESS is that the power supply has died. This is consistent with no lights, no CD opening etc. The fan runs on one of the voltages provided internally by the power supply, but one or more of the other outputs can have been lost.

Your files are stored on the hard drive, as has been said. In this stage, it is a bit premature to go into discussion about data retrieval etc, since the symptoms described do not point towards a hard drive failure. Of course, if you need something really quickly off of the HD, you should try the suggestion from maramom.
/RID
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nobusCommented:
well, i gave him the options in the first post, but he never cared to react to it
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ridCommented:
So you did; sorry, I should have pointed out that it was not new suggestions. I merely wanted to try to explain that troubleshooting can be difficult when there's a lack of information. :)
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nobusCommented:
no problems rid - i know you're not that kind :-)
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