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Alexander's Horse
14-10-2005, 16:55:20
I have a little problem with my PC

My kids were on a server, Runescape , when there was some kind of disruption. They panicked and turned the PC off at the power point.

With Dell computers, at least this one anyway, when there is an interruption to the power and you try and boot them up again, they don't boot - the fan sounds like its going to take off but you get no screen.

Anyone know how to recover it? Its happened before and in the past I've fixed it by removing all power sources and then reconnecting and rebooting but this time its not working. I'm still getting no screen and a screaming fan.

My PC is connected to a surge protection powerboard so no problems there. Help!

Gary
14-10-2005, 17:03:51
Tech Forum ?

Sorry, no idea. Maybe buy a non-Dell PC ?

Venom
14-10-2005, 17:12:15
This time something may have been damaged.

mr.G
14-10-2005, 17:14:32
just hold it under water for about 27.3 seconds, that will doooo the trick.

John Doe
14-10-2005, 17:40:59
I hope you didn't actually think of getting a serious answer here.

Cruddy
14-10-2005, 23:13:09
Originally posted by Alexander's Horse
I have a little problem with my PC

My kids were on a server, Runescape , when there was some kind of disruption. They panicked and turned the PC off at the power point.

With Dell computers, at least this one anyway, when there is an interruption to the power and you try and boot them up again, they don't boot - the fan sounds like its going to take off but you get no screen.

Anyone know how to recover it? Its happened before and in the past I've fixed it by removing all power sources and then reconnecting and rebooting but this time its not working. I'm still getting no screen and a screaming fan.

My PC is connected to a surge protection powerboard so no problems there. Help!

Try this; turn the power OFF at the mains, but leave it plugged in.

Hold down the power button. The machine will try and turn on (but can't); so it draws power from that stored in the capacitors in the machine. Hold it down for maybe 15 seconds to make sure (depends on wattage of power supply).

Then turn the power back on and see if it starts.

Only works 10% of the time or so, but worth a shot.

Otherwise phone Dell if you have a warranty.

MattHiggs
14-10-2005, 23:37:53
^

That should work, it's called hard booting. Dells are a pain in the arse for not working after a power outage.

Cruddy
14-10-2005, 23:52:52
Phoning Dell is called hard booting?

What's soft booting then? Calling a sex line wearing slippers? :confused:

Alexander's Horse
15-10-2005, 01:17:27
thanks for advice. I tried the hard boot but it didn't work so I think I need a tech - the machine starts but the fan goes into overdrive and that's it.

BigGameHunter
15-10-2005, 01:28:01
tell your cushy government overlords you were working from home (quality control on korean porn?) and it crashed.
give them a bill with pain and effort factored in and buy a super pc at taxpayer expense.

sorry...have no idea...maybe put the boot disk in the drive before turning it on?

Venom
15-10-2005, 05:43:23
I'm telling you, it sounds like you smoked something in the computer.

Alexander's Horse
15-10-2005, 07:06:53
yeah, its got a virus, they're reformatting the harddrive and checking for damage.

DaShi
15-10-2005, 07:33:17
It would probably be cheaper just to buy a separate computer for your kids to ruin.

Alexander's Horse
15-10-2005, 08:55:07
good point - they already have an old Pc but they use mine for internet

looks like it was a trojan

Gary
15-10-2005, 10:31:40
Ah ha, and there was everyone blaming Dell :)

How high spec a PC do you need to surf the Net ? Might be worth barring the kids for your PC just in case it wasn't your porn searches responsible ;)

Alexander's Horse
15-10-2005, 11:44:51
I completely erase........er, yeah good idea