Powering Up Issues

The PC is about 4 years old. It has never had any related problems. If the PC is powered off and then powered on, it sometimes will not turn on. I have to switch the power cord plug between a surge protector and a wall socket. It's safe to say this issue is getting worse, it has been doing this off an on for a week or two.

Any ideas?
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  1. First thing that comes to mind is a power supply issue...

    specs of your pc?
  2. Yeah, it just sounds like a persnickety power supply. If you could list specs of your PC, we can recommend a power supply you should use to replace it.
  3. ASUS A8S-X
    SOCKET 939
    24-PIN
    CURRENTLY USING ULTRA 350W V-SERIES PSU
    WINDOWS XP
    AMD 2200 MHZ

    NEED ANYTHING ELSE?
  4. You say the system was running fine for however many years... did you recently install some new hardware??

    Are you using the PCI express 16 slot on that motherboard? is it a videocard?

    I did a little research on your power supply but i couldn't get the specs from ulta website, it looks like they may have stopped making it.

    Just curious, did you build the dekstop in question yourself or did you buy it?

    Also.. you don't want your whole system getting fried because you wouldn't shell out 60$ for a new PSU... and your intermittent power problems could be a sign that yours is reaching the end of its like.

    Cheap PSUs like to take other stuff with them when they go (motherboard, etc...)
    So if it was me i would not use that PC til i got a new power supply...
  5. Yup, PSU might be dying (4 years), it's getting old, plus i guess this PSU is a cheap one, right?
    What about your graphic card? what is it?
  6. needsumhelplol said:
    You say the system was running fine for however many years... did you recently install some new hardware??

    Are you using the PCI express 16 slot on that motherboard? is it a videocard?

    I did a little research on your power supply but i couldn't get the specs from ulta website, it looks like they may have stopped making it.

    Just curious, did you build the dekstop in question yourself or did you buy it?

    Also.. you don't want your whole system getting fried because you wouldn't shell out 60$ for a new PSU... and your intermittent power problems could be a sign that yours is reaching the end of its like.

    Cheap PSUs like to take other stuff with them when they go (motherboard, etc...)
    So if it was me i would not use that PC til i got a new power supply...


    1. Nope
    2. Not sure
    3. Specs on power supply:

    AC INPUT 115V/230V - 60/50Hz
    DC OUTPUT +3.3V +5V +12V +12V -12V -5V +5VSB
    350W Max
    Combined
    Watts 18A 25A 18A - 0.6A 0.6A 2A
    350W

    Connectors


    20+4 pin 8-pin P4 MB SATA Peripheral FDD PCI-E
    x 1 x 0 x 1 x 2 x 8 x 2 x 1

    Features

    Supports AMD and Intel Motherboards
    Low Acoustic Noise
    Meets ATX Version 2.03 and ATX 12V Version 1.2 Specifications
    Short Circuit Protection
    In-Rush Current Protection
    Thermal Overload Cutoff Protection MTBF > 100,000 Hours at Full Load, 110VAC and 25°C Ambient Condition
    FCC and UL Recognized

    4. I built it myself, but it came as a barebone kit with some upgrades. I have defenitly got my money out of this PC. I am considering building/buying a new PC.

    5. Ok good to know that it could possibly damage other hardware. I will call TigerDirect and see what they have to offer. Do you suggest buying through a specfic seller?


    Anonymous said:
    Yup, PSU might be dying (4 years), it's getting old, plus i guess this PSU is a cheap one, right?
    What about your graphic card? what is it?


    1. It was only $25, but it came with a barebone kit I purchased.

    2. Graphic card specs:
    GPU/VPU: NVIDIA GeForce 6500
    Video Memory: 128MB
    Supporting 256MB
    TurboCache
    Memory Type: 64-bit
    GDDR2
    Memory Bandwidth: 13.3GB/sec.
    NVIDIA® TurboCache™ Technology
    Shares the capacity and bandwidth of dedicated video memory and dynamically available system memory
    for turbocharged performance and larger total graphics memory.
    nView™ Multi-Display Technology
    The nView hardware and software technology combination delivers maximum flexibility for multi-display
    options, and provides unprecedented end-user control of the desktop experience.
    Digital Vibrance Control 3.0
    Allows the user to adjust color controls digitally to compensate for the lighting conditions of their workspace, in order to achieve accurate, bright colors in all conditions.
    OpenGL™ 1.5 Optimizations and Support
    Ensure top-notch compatibility and performance for all OpenGL applications.
    PCI Express Support
    PCI Express is a new Intel bus architecture that doubles the bandwidth of the AGP 8X bus, delivering over 4 GB per second in both upstream and downstream data transfers
    ($45)
  7. have a spare PSU? just to make sure whether the problem is PSU...
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