Help Please - Computer Shut Down and won't boot (more details inside)
Hi all, I you helped me build my computer, and now I need help again.
I was playing WoW just now when suddenly my computer shut down. I heard a "pop" but had headphones on and don't know if it was from the tower or the speakers.
The red power symbol on my motherboard is glowing red, and will try to boot if I press it - the fans start and leds flash. However, this will only happen after I turn off the power supply and turn it back on, and only the first time I try to press it.
List you PSU, motherboard, CPU, RAM. How old are they? Have you noticed your computer running hot/slow/crashing more frequently in the last week or two?
Open up the case, without touching anything, do any of the capacitors (cylinders standing vertically) on the motherboard look blackened or burst? Can you smell a burnt smell inside the case, and if yes, can you locate that smell to a specific component (don't inhale the smell excessively though)?
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Is your CPU fan properly installed? Do you know where your reset CMOS button is located? Check if the PCU fan is properly connected then reset your cmos. If it doesn't work, start checking if your ram is broken by removing all but one chip and start searching for broken RAM chips... You are in for a couple of hours of fun here, good luck