Let's first define
the term "Won't Start"
This means that
your computer does not do anything when you turn it on. No fan noise,
no beeps, no lights.
More often than not...this
means that your computer has no power because the computer is not
plugged in, the power strip/surge protector is not plugged in or your
power supply is blown
If everything is plugged
in correctly and all the switches are ON - then chances are your power
supply needs to be replaced. It's fried.
Symptoms of a bad
power supply are:
- Your computer intermittently
turns off without warning
- Your computer does not
start the first time you push the power button (requires multiple
'pushes' to fire-up)
- You smell a sour electrical
- Computer lights up but
nothing happens (no beeps and no display)
A bad power supply can
cause your computer to do strange and inexplicable things. It may
light up, you may hear fan noise but the computer still won't boot
into the operating system. It may boot into the operating system
but shuts down as soon as you try to play a CD.
Power problems can sometimes
mimic overheating problems so have your power supply tested before
buying a new one.
A quality power supply
costs about $60.00+ and is relatively easy to install if you're
handy with a phillips screwdriver.
Now for the bad news...
If your power supply is
good then you might have a bad CPU (Processor) or a cooked motherboard.
If your motherboard is fried then your CPU, memory and other components
may be damaged too.
Time to call for help.