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Posted May 16, 2012 - 08:53 AM

My main PC died on me. No signal to monitor, plus acting weird with the power button. Had this one several years & was expecting it to die soon as it's past it's prime. I'm on my PC that I use to cut decals, and she's slow as Christmas! Gotta go to normal doc appointment, so may go look at new towers. Likely won't be on much until I get a replacement. This one is too slow for me to stand using much for internet.

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 09:10 AM

That sucks buddy. I have a spare power supply and memory if you want to order parts to build a new tower.
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 09:13 AM

From you description it sounds like a video card has gone out. You can go to walmart and pick up a pci card and put it in an expansion slot and that should fix it.
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 10:19 AM

Good luck getting that sorted out Daniel. I find PC's are a bit of a crap shoot when it comes to lifespan. Some expensive brand name machines we've had have conked out in a couple of years where we've had a no name box that went for 5+ years. One thing I've found is that dust can plug up the air flow and cause them to run hot which shortens life. A good cleaning of the inside of the box yearly will help with that.
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 10:33 AM

Sorry to hear that Daniel....I have been out since yesterday trying to get rid of a virus Smart Fortress 2012....I think I have finally gotten it beat with my new favorite friend at bleepingcomputers.com.

I thought it was gone...but it got into my system and would not allow my computer to connect.....we finally found the hidden ones this morning....and I think I am clean again...I have be using my old lap top the past 2 days as I worked on mine.

Thank goodness I had the old laptop to continue to communicate with and also to get the downloads to fix my computer.
I am thinking I got it googling shaw industries in Galesburg....was looking for any old leads I could find....so far nothing except a bad virus on my computer!!
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 11:37 AM

Computer bugs are a real pain. I hope you get yours going Daniel before withdrawal symptoms set in. :smilewink:
Good luck!
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 11:55 AM

Daniel, Good luck with the computer. Have you tried unplugging it from the power and then reboot?
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 12:18 PM

Good luck getting that sorted out Daniel. I find PC's are a bit of a crap shoot when it comes to lifespan. Some expensive brand name machines we've had have conked out in a couple of years where we've had a no name box that went for 5+ years. One thing I've found is that dust can plug up the air flow and cause them to run hot which shortens life. A good cleaning of the inside of the box yearly will help with that.


Brian is correct, but use canned air you can get it from Walmart or computer store and us it to blow out the all the dust. Do not use shop air. Pay particular attention to the heat sink fin's on top of the processor and the cooling fans and air ports. Dust acts as an insulator and then allows heat to build up.

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 03:04 PM

Sorry to here this Daniel! I hope you can find a great deal on a tower or get this one fixed.
Good Luck!

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 03:36 PM

Good Luck Daniel, we'll miss you while you're gone.
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Posted May 16, 2012 - 04:04 PM

Brian is correct, but use canned air you can get it from Walmart or computer store and us it to blow out the all the dust. Do not use shop air. Pay particular attention to the heat sink fin's on top of the processor and the cooling fans and air ports. Dust acts as an insulator and then allows heat to build up.


For gross dust I vacuum it out and then use canned air to blow out whats left while leaving the vacuum running to suck up whatever I can. I worked on a PC that had one of the early dual processor chips in it. It was shutting down. The fins on the CPU fan unit were so plugged with dust that you couldn't see them at all. I was saying to myself what's that brown thing! LOL It was the CPU under a pile of dust. It worked properly afterwards but heat is a killer for electronic components. You should have seen the dust that came out of that machine!

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 04:08 PM

You can't keep me off the net! I just went & got a new Lenovo & I'm back in business. The old computer won't even boot up now, so now I've gotta pul it's hard drive to extract pics & such that weren't burned to DVD yet. Hoping to extract all my Firefox bookmarks too. I'm on Google Chrome now, as it was loaded to the PC. Lots more to load, but they can wait till I have more time. The old pooter was like 6 years old, so it did pretty good I suppose.

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 04:09 PM

Oh, I've cleaned the old PC several times over it's life. And yes, they can accumulate a lot of crud FAST!

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 04:55 PM

That was fast! I'm glad you are back in business!
I hope all goes smooth getting your photos and old Bookmark. Good luck!

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Posted May 16, 2012 - 04:58 PM

I knew he wouldn't last long without going to get a new one. LOL.
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