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Lynette Astley Oct 10, 2006, 07:40am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Packard Bell Ixtreme 6025 - 030867920103 [serial number]

I have Windows XP

I had trouble turning my computer on. It happened on a few occassions and took longer and longer to come on till one day it didn't. I was told it needed a new power supply unit so the computer man bought one and put it in for me. The next day the usb sockets on the back of the box wouldn't work. So the modem and printers wouldn't come on. The computer man came back and had a look. Also the e drive wasn't even showing up. When you go in to My Computer it didn't even mention I had one and if you put a cd in it wouldn't come on. He said that he had to rest the BIOS and that this sometimes happens after a power supply has taken a few weeks to finally go. He said the voltages sometimes go a bit funny and this can even cause permanent damage. Anyway he redid the bios and it was fine. Two days later the broadband connection started slowing down so much so I couldn't even use my computer for a few days then sometimes it was ok then other times it slowed up. I have been in touch with my broadband supplier and they have tried to troubleshoot the problem but to no avail. Then a couple of days ago the usb sockets wouldn't work again, no modem and no printer. But after turning the computer off and then back on again they started to work. Yestersday my e drive disappeared again and hasn't returned since.

Does anyone know what all this could mean? Has the power supply unit in breaking caused permanent damage to the computer? Do I need to buy a new tower? I could ask the computer man to come out again and redo the bios again but it would just go again a few days later.

Any advice would be appreciated because this computer is starting to drive me mad and it's not even three years old yet!


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Dublin_Gunner Oct 10, 2006, 08:57am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Since new power supply unit computer is failing
So you have essentially the same problems with the new supply?

1. He didnt replace the PSU
2. The 'new' PSU is also faulty, not supplying good power to the board
3. The problem does not, and never did lie with the PSU


The mobo could be damaged in some way.

Is it old? It also sounds like maybe the battery on the mobo could dying, so the BIOS is resetting itself, turning off features like USB / Lan etc

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4Qman Oct 10, 2006, 09:08am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 10, 2006, 09:13am EDT

 
>> Re: Since new power supply unit computer is failing
First Up Welcome to HWA :)

Ok i dont want to sound rude here,

But i work with a friend who has his own PC company and we repairs systems and fix problems. However the biggest profit will come from those who insist on wasting time on olds**te computers.

I mean that in a nice way and im sure you arnt in the know regards PC building or repair.

Saying this, this system may be good and it could be a fault that can be fixed. However its just a heads up ;) .

Having a PSU that fail's can take the USB ports along with other Hardware with it. It also could be Software related? I cant find any info on the system so i imagine its around 2years old at least due to the PSU not being covered by warrenty ;)

Lynette Astley Oct 10, 2006, 10:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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The computer was bought brand new as a package in January 2004.

The problems are not the same as before the power supply unit went. As my computer will switch on now but the usb sockets are intermittently failing anf the e drive has disappeared. Presumably replacing a 280 watt psu with a 520 watt psu is ok?

Dublin_Gunner Oct 10, 2006, 10:05am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Since new power supply unit computer is failing
Yes, the PC will only draw what power it needs.

Please ensure the PSU is of high quality, not some cheapo piece of crap, or you run the risk of more problems.

Although I think 520w would be overkill

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Lynette Astley Oct 10, 2006, 10:11am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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