First the PC I recently built for my parents starts acting up and is in a state at the moment where it won’t boot. Not only is that frustrating seeing as I’m working for the next 11 days straight so I can’t go up and see what the problem is, but it’s downright embarrassing considering they’ve only had the thing a month or so. Then I help my sister-in-law’s boyfriend with a new motherboard he bought that wouldn’t post, which turned out to be a faulty power supply that was actually electrifying his whole PC case (why are my finger’s tingling??). Then the McCormick family, Courtney’s relatives from her mother’s side, ask if I can take a look at a couple of their PCs when I picked her up from her Memorial Weekend stay with them so I brought one of them home to tinker with. Then in the middle of restaging Anne’s PC to correct some quirks it’s developed it suddenly decides to die and not want to boot up properly any longer.
Then I get sick and spend a good portion of my time in bed.
Ugh. I have no idea what the heck is wrong with my parent’s PC, but I’m hoping it’s just a BIOS tweak or something else simple. I haven’t had a chance to peek at the McCormick’s PC yet, but I hope to get to it this weekend when I’m feeling a bit better. Anne’s PC is either the processor, video card, motherboard, or power supply, I think. Turning it on results in the fans and drives spinning up, but no video initialization and no boot up. A couple of tries, however, will sometimes garner a beep and a BIOS message stating it was shut down incorrectly and the CPU frequency needs to be reset in the BIOS, but just a few minutes of running will cause it to shut off suddenly once again. It did that three or so times before it simply refused to post at all. I get no beeps from the motherboard at all when it’s in this state. I’m inclined to think it’s the processor cause I’ve tested another video card in it, but it could also be a slowly dieing power supply as systems won’t boot if they’re not getting enough juice and I just fixed such an issue with the aforementioned sister-in-law’s S/O’s PC.
So I’m going to try hooking up the power supply in my PC to Anne’s motherboard and see what happens. If it boots like it should then I know we need to replace that part and if it doesn’t then I’m going to go with it being the processor. Trouble is it’s an older Socket A AMD motherboard and finding Socket A processors these days is tricky. I have an old Duron or two laying around that I can also use as a test to be sure and then if that’s what it is I’ll have to hunt down someone still selling Socket A processors. I think the local Microcenter store has at least one model still in stock so that’s one possible solution.
A PC tech’s work is never done…