FIC AM37L Won't Power Up

Discussion in 'FIC' started by BrianEWilliams, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. My DOD (Dear Old Dad) has an eMachines desktop, model W1640, that won't
    power up. According to EMachines support, it has an FIC AM37L Socket A

    It worked a few weeks ago, but yesterday it wouldn't start up. I am
    pretty good with computers, so I don't think it is something stupid.
    We had a lightening storm over the weekend, so my first theory is that
    it got zapped.

    Tech support thought that would fry the power supply, which makes sense
    since the computer was "off" but plugged in during the storm. I assume
    this means there isn't a good electrical path to the mobo at that time,
    but I am just guessing.

    Probably the simplest thing to do is to buy a power supply unit from a
    local store with a good return policy, try it out, and if it still
    doesn't power up, I can return the PSU. We will also get a surge
    suppressor while we are there.
    BrianEWilliams, Apr 25, 2005
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  2. The power supply is probably a pretty good place to start. Before you
    go to the store, though, try disconnecting any PS/2 devices (keyboard
    and mouse) and also the power cord going from the wall to the power
    supply. Wait one minute, then plug the power supply back in, but leave
    the mouse and keyboard disconnected. Now try starting the computer.

    Don't ask me why, but that little trick used to work for my old
    roommate's computer. I am guessing it had something to so with the
    standby voltage and the overvoltage protection in the power supply.
    Going through all that would somehow reset it.

    Alex Zorrilla, Apr 26, 2005
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  3. BrianEWilliams

    Robert Akins Guest

    If the computer has a modem with a phone cord plugged into the wall, it
    could have gotten killed through the modem. I have a motherboard, modem,
    and sound card out in the garage from a system I built for a gentleman who
    left his computer plugged in while he was gone, during a thunderstorm. Did
    a number on those components, but everything else, including the power
    supply, was still OK.
    Robert Akins, Apr 28, 2005
  4. I have the new power supply already, so I am going to test that theory
    first. Same thing happened a while back to another eMachine in the
    same house after a storm. Replacing the flimsy eMachine power supply
    fixed the problem, so I feel pretty optimistic my dad has the same
    problem. I'll post the results.
    BrianEWilliams, Apr 29, 2005
  5. Replaced the power supply, and the box powered up right away. The
    modem is fine. The PS/2 mouse seems to be bad now, though. It only
    moves side to side, not up and down. Tried a USB mouse, and it worked
    fine, so I'll probably get Dad a wireless USB mouse and close the
    ticket. Total cost to fix = $100 including the surge suppressor,
    mouse, and power supply.
    BrianEWilliams, May 1, 2005
  6. BrianEWilliams

    Robert Akins Guest

    Glad you got it back up and working Brian. Could've been a lot worse.
    Robert Akins, May 2, 2005
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