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    Hello, a few months ago my mother-in-laws computer crapped out. So my wife and I decided to sell her ours (worked flawlessly) and buy ourselves a faster one. Well, not but a few days later this one started doing what her other one was doing (shutting off for no reason). I decided it was a power problem (her house has crappy power) so I had her buy one of those battery back up things with the surge protecter in it to condition the power going into the computer. I didn't know it, but the problem contenued. Just last night she brought the computer to my house and sure enough this thing is screwed. It will not even boot at this point.
    I took out the HD and put it in my computer it seemed to work fine. I went ahead and formated the drive and moved it back to her computer. It still shut off... I dissconnected all accessories, cdroms, flopy drive, ethernet card... EVERYTHIN. and it still won't boot. So, right now I have even the hard drive not plugged in. and when i turn on the computer, the monitor power light stays amber (instead of green) and nothing comes up (not even the compaq logo or errors) but the power light on the computer is on, and the fans inside are running. I plugged the HD back in, and the monitor does the same thing and the HD activity light stays on, although it doesn't sound like the hard drive is actually doing anything...
    Any ideas? Power supply?? I did notice that the cooling fan for the CPU speeds up and slows down, nothing major I can just hear the change in tone...
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    battery on the mother board perhaps?
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    Try reformatting, it probably is a hardware problem, maybe you need more ram
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    Nick, I think that only helps hold the time/date when the pc is without power... I did remove the battery, and reset the cmos. Problem is still the same.
    Kirkscoastalcarnivores, uhm plenty of ram- I used this pc for about 2 years with absolutly 0 problems. I did change the ram just to make sure that wasn't the problem. (and it wasn't) As far as reformatting... I can't. (Not with the HD in that computer anyway. Like I said, I did format the HD while it was in my pc... But now when I try to reinstall the windows program the monitor turns off with the power button turning amber and the computer needs to be power cycled off. This even happens while i'm trying to change bios settings.
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    Andrew, I don't suppose there were any beep codes? Well, no matter, I think you might be right about it being your power supply - either that or the motherboard is fried - or both. Any way you could hook up another power supply to the mobo? (You wouldn't have to mount it or anything, merely plug it into the mobo and the HD...) It it doesn't boot then, I'd say its probably the motherboard. The thing is, there could've been enough house power problems to cause a problem with the PSU and the mobo... I've had a similar problem for the last 3 weeks and I still can't say for sure if it's the PSU or the motherboard, so I finally decided to replace both of 'em. Good luck.

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    Merlin sounds like he's on the right track, the only thing that I can think to add (at this moment) is video. Do you use a card, or on board? It sure sounds like a motherboard problem, but I've had a case similar to yours when the problem was just the video card (amber monitor light, no boot beeps, etc.). Since everything else seems to be in order (as far as you can tell), I'd say motherboard as the best guess as to the source of the problem.
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    There is video on the mobo and also a geforce card. Usually the geforce is used. I removed it and went for the onboard one and still have same prob. I think I found a source for a used mobo for 20 bucks and 5 for shipping but it is a monday - friday thing.. So, I guess i'll call them tuesday and check it out. 25 bucks for a mobo and a 90 day warranty. ...can't frown at that!!
    Thanks all for your views. Anyone else?
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    Hey adnedarn,
    I have a Geforce Ti 4400 in mine, I remember that when I patched Windows XP almost a year ago I had pretty much the same symptoms you have. Just random shutting down, no battery problems. They it wouldn't boot windows.

    The problem was that the CMOS firmware was outdated (even though it was only 2 years old at the time). I dabble with computers quite a bit, but even I'm too chicken to mess with that. I asked my local network/desktop dude at work to help me out on that one. That fixed the problem lickety-split. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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