[Novalug] Dead Computer Diagnosis
James Ewing Cottrell 3rd
JECottrell3 at Comcast.NET
Sat Nov 18 05:04:56 EST 2006
I had two eMachines die of heat exhaustion.
One other thing to do is add a fan to the back of the machine. Ten to
twenty bucks well spent! If you have a desk with a space for your
computer, leave the door open (or drill some ventilation holes in the
door) while it's running.
Go pick a motherboard and CPU you like and swap them into the system.
David A. Hammond wrote:
>To the one who asked make and model, it is an eMachines
>T2865. Out of warranty because I bought it used at PCRetro
>about a year and a half ago.
>Thanks again and I will be sure to let you know what the final
>---- Original message ----
>>Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 08:46:39 -0500 (EST)
>>From: "David A. Hammond" <hammonds at starpower.net>
>>Subject: [Novalug] Dead Computer Diagnosis
>>To: novalug at calypso.tux.org
>>I have a machine which is (nearly) dead and I need some help
>>getting started on diagnosing it. There's not much to go on.
>>When I hit the power switch, it lights up and both fans (power
>>supply and cpu) spin. Nothing else happens. The keyboard
>>lights don't flash, there's no beep, and no synch is sent to
>>the monitor. As best I can tell there are no diagnostic leds
>>anywhere on the motherboard.
>>What led up to this state is as follows:
>>This machine is primarily used as a file server, name server,
>>DHCP server, etc. A couple of nights ago it wasn't serving
>>anything and I could not ping it, so I turned the monitor on
>>and found that I had no synch. So I tried to reboot it. It
>>got pretty far into the boot sequence (Fedora Core 3) and
>>hung. So I tried again. It didn't get as far so I tried
>>yet again. This time it quit even quicker, so I figured maybe
>>it was a heat problem and unplugged it for about a half an
>>hour. When I powered it back up I went into setup so I could
>>watch the cpu temperature. It started at 36 C and slowly climbed to 45 C where it seemed to level off. I then turned
>>it off but did not unplug it. When I came back the next
>>evening, I found it in the state described at the top of this
>>One other thing: When I was trying the reboots the first
>>night, I could power the machine off with the front panel
>>switch but I could not power it back up unless I unplugged
>>it for about 10-15 seconds. Does this give any hints?
>>I have a digital voltmeter, so I can check voltages out of
>>the power supply. I haven't done that yet.
>>(Please respond to the list or to hammonds at erols.com. I am
>>using webmail from work now, so the From address is probably
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