poweroutage brike my dell help!


Old 05-17-12, 09:06 AM
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Question poweroutage brike my dell help!

We had a power outage that lasted about 6 hours weve had worse but for whatever reason when the power came back on my computer would not?
I have checked the power strip I've checked the outlet fuses breaker box the screen comes on the printer works but not computer how to troubleshoot this.
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Old 05-17-12, 04:03 PM
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It sounds like you had a power surge to me and to protect yourself in the future you need a surge protector installed at your circuit breaker panel if you own your own house. If not then unplug electronics prone to damage from a surge and keep them unplugged. I am just guessing here but I imagine that just the power supply was fried and hopefully it protected the rest of the computer. You could also be lucky and maybe be able to replace a fuse in the power supply and have it work again. Be warned though there are capacitors that hold an electric charge long after the power supply has been unplugged so wait a few days and then it should be safely discharged. You can still look inside the power supply but with extreme caution until the capacitors discharge. What you will be looking for is a long glass tube about an inch long it will have a wire inside if the wire is broken you need to replace the fuse. Most fuses are in a fuse holder but some are soldered in making them extremely hard to remove without further damage. If you can get the fuse out take it to an electronics shop and have them match it and then put the fuse in and close the case. It might or might not work but you can at least try. Make sure you put the screws to the power supply in a safe place as they are small and easy to lose. Note though that opening the case voids the power supplies warranty but in your case it will not matter much as power surges are not covered by a warranty. I wish you luck!
Old 05-17-12, 04:16 PM
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You can likely get a new power supply for less than $50. Before doing that go online and find out how to test your PSU.

Point of use surge protectors (not power strips) work very well. I suggest getting some for each of your sensitive equipment.
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I'd suggest a UPS for your computer. That way, if you lose power, you can save your work and properly shutdown.
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Did you unplug the computer for 5 minutes the plug it back in?
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