Any suggestions? Is it dead? It has been noisy for a couple of years...loud fan. I've been thinking about getting a new one for a couple of months. Do I have any options? Any way I can save my stuff that's on there?? It's an acer that is probably 5 years old.
While I was gone the computer was plugged into a power strip which I turned off. I turned it back on last night.
Any help appreciated! Thanks!!
3 boys: 10.5 years, 9 years, and 8 months
Without more information, that's all I can really ascertain. However, I do believe everything on the computer is, at least, rescueable.
SO will be home shortly, hopefully he can figure something out with this router. We have an external hard drive, but it wasn't set up properly so there isn't anything on it! That will be on SO's top to do list after I get a computer with internet running.
Glad to hear that my stuff is rescueable. I'll have to figure out how.
over-heating: Can it over-heat in about 5 minutes time?
burned out: maybe. Not sure what this entails.
wireless router gone bad: I don't know how to test this. It looks like the cable modem is working. Power light is on. PC is flashing. Data is off. Cable is on. Prior to computer turning off, the cable light was off. On the AirPort, the orange light is flashing and has been since I turned the power strip off before my vacation.
When you turn the PC on, do any lights come on? Do you hear any fans? Does anything show up on the monitor?In the answers are no & no & no, it sounds like the power supply, which is under $50, and could be under $20, if you can do it yourself.
OTOH, if it's 5 years old, it's not worth $20 - buy a new one, Craigslist if cash is really low.
Also, if the noise was your hard drive, you've probably lost it. If it's OK, get a new PC and an external adapter or enclosure, install the old drive, hook it up to the new PC and read the drive.
You might try unplugging everything from the PC except the power, display, keyboard, and mouse and see if it boots.
I can hear a fan running when the computer is on. The keyboard lights work as well (num lock). I will unplug everything extra and see if anything changes when I press the power button.
I'm sorry I don't have any advice. I am horrible at this stuff.
Sending mojo and hopes that your computer is fixed soon.
Is the power light on the PC on?
Flip it around and look at the back while it's powered on - are their blinky lights around the Ethernet Cable? Then it's running, and the monitor might be bad. Before you give up entirely on the PC, try another monitor or cable just to be sure....
Looks like I need to get a new one. Time to shop around!!