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PC wont turn on at all, power supply fried?

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April 15, 2011 1:39:50 AM

i was playing crysis 2 n it was heating my pc like crazy, i then realized that my overclocking settings were way too high, i turned them down n continued playing. randomly my pc shuts off like someone unplugged the cable, the power supply was unusually hot and the inside smelled like burning dust (although i dust it off regularly) everything was hot as usual but pwr supply was xtra hot. this happened about 20 minutes ago n i tried the power button n it wouldnt turn on. also tried paper clip trick several times n power supply didnt respond

power supply was uber dirt cheap, so could it have burnt out (used it about a year) or could it just be needing a cool off before itll turn back on (either way im probably gonna get a new pwr supply)

or could it be something else? HELP PUUUHHHLEEEEEZZZEE
April 15, 2011 5:38:01 PM

Try waiting a while, chancing are you blew your PSU, and there is a high risk you took core components with it. Never cheap out with the PSU, it is one of the most important parts, try swapping it out with a Corsair Builder or Antec TruePower.
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April 15, 2011 6:04:49 PM

i gotta agree with joe.....dont skimp out on the psu...id have to say you've blown the psu like joe say's...but not sure about other components..buy new ADEQUATE psu (corsair is gold antec is even golder) and just test the system with it...if it boots up and you can log in without issues then your components are fine..if it dosent boot up with the new psu then youve deff damaged other components.
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April 16, 2011 12:57:51 PM

I have tested the following beep patterns on Gigabyte, eVGA, and ECS motherboards. Other BIOS' may be different, but they all use a single short beep for a successful POST.

Breadboard - that will help isolate any kind of case problem you might have.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262730-31-breadboardi...

Breadboard with just motherboard, CPU & HSF, case speaker, and PSU.

Make sure you plug the CPU power cable in. The system will not boot without it.

I always breadboard a new build. It takes only a few minutes, and you know you are putting good parts in the case once you are finished.

You can turn on the PC by momentarily shorting the two pins that the case power switch goes to. You should hear a series of long, single beeps indicating memory problems. Silence indicates a problem with (in most likely order) the PSU, motherboard, or CPU. Remember, at this time, you do not have a graphics card installed so the load on your PSU will be reduced.

If no beeps:
Running fans and drives and motherboard LED's do not necessarily indicate a good PSU. In the absence of a single short beep, they also do not indicate that the system is booting.

At this point, you can sort of check the PSU. Try to borrow a known good PSU of around 550 - 600 watts. That will power just about any system with a single GPU. If you cannot do that, use a DMM to measure the voltages. Measure between the colored wires and either chassis ground or the black wires. Yellow wires should be 12 volts. Red wires: +5 volts, orange wires: +3.3 volts, blue wire : -12 volts, violet wire: 5 volts always on. Tolerances are +/- 5% except for the -12 volts which is +/- 10%.

The gray wire is really important. It should go from 0 to +5 volts when you turn the PSU on with the case switch. CPU needs this signal to boot.

You can turn on the PSU by completely disconnecting the PSU and using a paperclip or jumper wire to short the green wire to one of the neighboring black wires.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FWXgQSokF4&feature=yout...

A way that might be easier is to use the main power plug. Working from the back of the plug where the wires come out, use a bare paperclip to short between the green wire and one of the neighboring black wires. That will do the same thing with an installed PSU. It is also an easy way to bypass a questionable case power switch.

This checks the PSU under no load conditions, so it is not completely reliable. But if it can not pass this, it is dead. Then repeat the checks with the PSU plugged into the computer to put a load on the PSU.

If the system beeps:
If it looks like the PSU is good, install a memory stick. Boot. Beep pattern should change to one long and several short beeps indicating a missing graphics card.

Silence, long single beeps, or series of short beeps indicate a problem with the memory. If you get short beeps verify that the memory is in the appropriate motherboard slots.

Insert the video card and connect any necessary PCIe power connectors. Boot. At this point, the system should POST successfully (a single short beep). Notice that you do not need keyboard, mouse, monitor, or drives to successfully POST.
At this point, if the system doesn't work, it's either the video card or an inadequate PSU. Or rarely - the motherboard's PCIe interface.

Now start connecting the rest of the devices starting with the monitor, then keyboard and mouse, then the rest of the devices, testing after each step. It's possible that you can pass the POST with a defective video card. The POST routines can only check the video interface. It cannot check the internal parts of the video card.
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April 19, 2011 12:07:26 AM

thanks yall, yeah i'm getting an antec, n no i think i said above that paper clip trick wont work so we'll try the new psu
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