Help me fix my PC!

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My 2nd PC is dead!

It powers up (the fans spin up) but there is no POST, no beeps, no drive activity.

I have tried swapping out the RAM, CPU, graphics card and motherboard, but no joy.

Is it likely to be a dodgy PSU? I don't really fancy spending even more money on extra bits which won't fix it!

Thanks!
 
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Not a spare, but I have one in my main PC which I don't really want to rip out if I can help it.

Is a dodgy PSU likely to be able to power up all the fans (including the ones powered by the motherboard) but not start the PC?
 
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I suggest giving it a go if you do have a PSU available, It may be a hassle but it will be worth it when you either find the PSU is at fault or eliminate it as a problem.

I'm no expert, but i'm guessing a dodgy PSU could turn on the fans and not the system, the fans will run on any old voltage, unlike the mobo.
 
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The last thing I did before it stopped working was attempt to fit a PCI-X card, only to discover PCI-X wasn't the same as PCI, so effectively, I didn't really do anything.
 
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Not a spare, but I have one in my main PC which I don't really want to rip out if I can help it.

Is a dodgy PSU likely to be able to power up all the fans (including the ones powered by the motherboard) but not start the PC?

If you have a multimeter to hand you could test your 'suspect' PSU in situ - although ripping out your other PSU is a definitive test.

Huddy's site has a step by step guide on how to 'Use a multimeter to check your PSU' and one to 'How to check if your PSU is faulty'
 
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