Dateline May 20th, 2012 and a 2 hour power failure had left my desktop computer unable to restart. Purchased back in 2002 just moments ahead of the competitive curve, this baby was the cat’s meow. This computer was the hub of my intranet through which other computers (3 laptops) had access to printers and a large external HD for backups and shared files. I was not ready to say goodbye.
The following Monday a complete cleaning and examination was performed. I don’t know who cleans the insides of their computers these days, but it is something that I have done a couple of times a year since way before Al Gore invented the internet. Nothing collects dust like the inside of a computer.
All cleaned up and on to the diagnostics and as J. Giles once said; First I look at the purse, the first thing I look at after the power cable is the on/off switch. A continuity test showed that it was not making good contact. Do I buy a new or used one or fix the one I have? Thirty minutes later after a little micro-surgery the old one was working as good as new.
An attempted restart and my desktop is still languishing unable to produce that notable spool-up sound and the flashing lights on the various components of a computer coming back to life.
NOOOOOOO,,, after all these years, my baby is showing all the indications of a non-responsive power supply or worse, the mother of mothers of the worst scenario, the bad motherboard. Well the power supply is the next logical and easiest component to test and if you are curious as to how that is done, here is a short explanation. Bottom line, green to go, who knew that? The other bottom line was that mine failed the test and my power supply was DOA.
A suitable new replacement was found at my favorite parts supplier www.Newegg.com for $40 (including S&H) with a 2 year warranty and would be here Friday around 11:00AM. SWEET!!!
The following pictorial shows what all was involved in the replacement of that 400W power supply.
Back in the saddle again and my Dear Desktop Computer is purring away as it should be. It is never fun in this day and age when the trusty computer just decides one day, usually at the worst time, that it doesn’t want to play anymore. Since I am right at home with doing this kind of repair and had mentioned my problem earlier in the week I thought it might be fun to document just what it took to get this one running again.
This was not meant to be too technical and hopefully not boring, but instead just a look inside of a real problem.
Final cost of the repair was $40 and a little time, well worth it for me and all the information on my HDD that needs to be secure stayed that way. I would never hand a stranger my wallet, and the same goes for my PC.
Best of all I got to exclaim loudly - It's Alive!!!