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 Number 5's ALIVE!!!

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PostSubject: Number 5's ALIVE!!!   Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:39 pm

Wow guys....you ain't gonna believe this one.....

Ok so my computer has been 'wonky' for the last few weeks. First thing in the morning I would push the 'on' button and it would boot but I couldn't see anything on the screen. I was thinking...video probs. After 2 or 3 attempts it would finally boot normally? Once booted for the day it was all-good I could even shut it down wait several hours and start it, no problems.  I used 'Everest' to run diagnostics....all OK!
Two days ago I opened it for cleaning and to re-seat the Video card. I checked everything else and all looked fine. I went to start the computer and absolutely NOTHING! No fans nothing! Obviously I checked that I hadn't shut the power off in anyway to the machine. It seemed good? With the case open the post code block flashed and then read 'CC'. Oddly this began niggling away at what's left of my ancient brain. However, my online research of the problem looked to be a blown Power Supply. Ok, I have had that before but with smoke and sparks...never just died.
At Staples, I talked the talk with a techy dude and he said...change the PS. I did...it still wouldn't start. Thus my post under Leave of Absence. When I awoke this morning that Post Code of 'CC' had niggled at me on and off through out the night. I googled it and...weirdly....found a post on my EXACT MoBo an ABIT IP35 Pro. Same problem only this guy had replaced the CMOS battery. Solution, this MoBo has a CMOS switch externally on the back of the box. The switch is very small but sticks out a bit. His was in the UP position or 'Clear CMOS', get it? Post code 'CC' = Clear CMOS. In that position the computer won't boot. I was floored when I checked my switch to find it was in a middle position, not really up but certainly not down. NOTE** I think this may have happened when I had the computer on it's back cleaning the front fan screens and fan blades, I had it sitting on a towel on my shop bench. Anyway, I cycled the switch up and then to the down or 'run' position and...............Number 5's ALIVE!

Am I totally fixed? Ummmm, I think so. I will know in the morning when I cold boot. My guess, the 6 year old Antec 550W PS was giving up the ghost and not supplying full video power. Changing it could have fixed that...we'll see. Obviously returning the CMOS switch to the proper position did fix the 'No Start' problem.

Thankfully, I listened to the 'voice' as Thomas Magnum - Tom Selleck (Magnum PI) was fond of saying.

Whew! Let's see what the next days bring.

Duff on 'Stuff'

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PostSubject: Re: Number 5's ALIVE!!!   Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:23 pm

Cool beans old man ....

Quite easier to flip a switch than to drop $1200 american on a blinged gaming pc....

I say, good show
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PostSubject: Re: Number 5's ALIVE!!!   Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:26 pm

Isn't it!

The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to
safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.
--Sun Tzu
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PostSubject: Re: Number 5's ALIVE!!!   Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:26 pm

Great news Duffer! Good find, just before you would have had to shell out the dough... bravo Dance 

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PostSubject: Re: Number 5's ALIVE!!!   Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:27 pm


No, really.

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PostSubject: Re: Number 5's ALIVE!!!   Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:54 pm

Thought maybe a squirrel chewed some cable...SS's mouth did show some burn/smoke marks(although he'll attribute that to heavy gun powder residue).Big Grin 
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PostSubject: Re: Number 5's ALIVE!!!   Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:25 pm

What Flat said!!!

Computers will do everything in their power to confound their users.

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PostSubject: Re: Number 5's ALIVE!!!   Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:33 am

Ok, she 'booted' totally normal this morning. A really good sign but I refuse to let my guard down for a few weeks :-)

I love your saying Hawg, and it is sooo....true. Got my first machine in '96 with Windows '95 and the dang things have been 'confounding' me ever since!

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PostSubject: Re: Number 5's ALIVE!!!   Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:58 pm

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