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Ok comp people....

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Dutchman, Feb 19, 2004.

  1. Dutchman

    Dutchman IncGamers Member

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    Ok comp people....

    One of my home comps, an old pII 450 died yesterday in a puff of smoke and a clank. I wasn't home to witness it so I'm going on what my wife tells me (To put that in perspective she refers to the entire tower as the harddrive). After the clank the computer apparently stayed on and active for a few seconds before she lost the visual display on the monitor. The monitor still works.

    Plugged in as is right now it appears to have no power at all. Pressing the power button has no effect other than the sad little click of the button itself. I'm thinking its power supply blew so I popped down into IT and got a new one from one of the dismantled comps they have down there.

    So here I sit, with a dead comp and a new power supply, with my previous experience of fiddling inside a comp peaking at putting in a modem or a new graphics card.

    Anything I need to know before I sit down and replace the power supply? I plan to label the various cords so that I know what goes where when I put the new one in but the truth is that with no reference I wouldn't have a clue. I'm pretty useless about this stuff in general. Any tricks I need to about, anything I need to consider first or watch out for?

    Help appreciated
    Thanks
    Eric
     
  2. Kawaii

    Kawaii IncGamers Member

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    Ground yourself. This is ridiculously important.
    Also, keep any edibles or potables at a safe distance. Watch out for objects that might fall/be dropped into your computer. Move slowly. Think before you act. If you're unsure about something, don't do it.
     
  3. dorcusmalorcus

    dorcusmalorcus IncGamers Member

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    Dutch, this isn't a real tough thing to do. I did it once and found it to be quite simple. Here is a step-by-step I found on the net. Not much to it really.

    How to replace your power supply

    Good luck.
     
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    Corneo IncGamers Member

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    Yes, ground yourself. Use one of those special bracelets if you need to.
     
  5. Dutchman

    Dutchman IncGamers Member

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    Dorcas, thanks for the link, that looks like exactly what I needed.

    Kawai, why ground myself? Static? Surely the unit is tougher than that?

    Thanks guys
    Dutch
     
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    Corneo IncGamers Member

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    A small discharge of electricity can fry your motherboard.
     
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    One little shock and boom. Your whole computer is fried.......
     
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    Dutch, I had the very same thing happen to my old HP around thanksgiving. I was making Mephy runs with a buddy and pop! computer dies in a puff of smoke and some flames from the power supply. Afterwards, the computer obviously wouldn't boot. I replaced the power supply, and still nada. I guess when the supply went, it surged, frying the motherboard or something... I replaced the system and the drives are still good, but the rest of it is sitting on the floor in my 'spare junk' room.

    Point is, dont be suprised if the entire system has bit the dust. I hope replacing the power supply will get it fixed, but do be sure to ground yourself. A good way to make sure you're grounded is to buy one of those repairman wrist bands from a local computer shop. I got one from CompUSA for around 10 bucks I believe.

    Good luck with your repairs, hope they go better than mine went lol
     
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    antiChrist IncGamers Member

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    Another way to keep static to a minimum is to spray fabric softner on the floor of where you will be performing the surgery.
     
  10. Dutchman

    Dutchman IncGamers Member

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    Since I know you were all on the edge of your seats :uhhuh: I finished the re-install and other than the cord to the motherboard being so short I had to bend the case to tighten the last screw everything is back up and runnning.

    Go go old comp, rarely used but required for nostalgia!

    Dutch
     
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    good to hear ya got the old girl up and running again Dutch, glad it didn't mess over anything major....I know the sentimental thing...I nearly cried when I got rid of my old 450...it was the first computer I had bought on my own lol
     
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    Im beggin to get rid of my 450.......
     
  13. CaptJoe213

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    lol I'd ask what you want for it, but my wife says 2 junk computers and parts enough to build al least 2 more is all I'm allowed to have

    Women. I have trouble convincing her that I might NEED that 386 processor and motherboard again someday..and to think she wants to throw it out!
     
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    Tell her you'll trade computer parts for shoes at a 1:1 ratio.
     
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    When I get a new comp, I'm have a spare PII 450 MHZ too :D Seems there's a lot of these suckers around.

    That's a really nice walk-through by the way, user-with-long-weird-username-I-can't-remember.
     
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    I recommend you replace the wife. :teeth:
     

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