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Something happened while we were gone to dinner last week. I found the clocks blinking on the microwave and stove so I figured we either suffered a power dip or surge. When this has happened in the past, the PC would shut down and I have to restart it by pushing the power button.

This time nothing happened. Nothing. A small green light is burning on the card reader, but that is all. No other activity. No evidence of damage or burning smell.

I bought a new 500 watt power supply and changed it out. Same result - nothing.

This really torques my lug nuts!

I hate to start over with new equipment but that looks like the only option - motherboard, CPU, and memory. The current system is about three years old, yet new enough to have a couple of USB3 ports. That was why I upgraded so I could download my sports pics faster after a game.

All of my software is installed on a SSD drive. Other stuff is on one of several hard drives and NAS storage drives.

I could use some thoughtful advice. I really don't want to start with a fresh install. It has been awhile since I tinkered with my computer stuff so I have a fuzzy memory of what exactly to do. I guess I could put in the new parts, hook up the old drives and other stuff, turn it on, and deal with whatever error messages that pop up. :-( That ought to eat up some free time.

By recovering this way, I won't lose my registered software, namely MS Office, Adobe Lightroom and Acronis disk director.

Hmmm...I just remembered I do have a recovery disc and flash drive that might help.

Things I can't recall are how to get Windows 7 Pro to remember it was registered and now has a new system board, but same old operating system and hard drive.

The motherboard is an ASUS model w/AMD processor, and I forgot how much memory. Like I said, it's been awhile.

All help and suggestions appreciated, except for Apple stuff!

Mike

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do you have a monitor you like???
what computer are you on now...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
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do you have a monitor you like???
what computer are you on now...
I have a MSI laptop which I am on now. Also, an ipad II for browsing. The monitor is a 22 incher. I did have a matched pair, but gave one to my daughter who needed it more than me.

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When you installed the new power supply , you did turn its on button on correct. I'm not trying to be sarcastic as you never know lol .
I still say it's the voltage regulator on the mother board . I was thinking Mike , if you put your finger on the voltage regulators heat sink , it should be hot to the touch , if not , it's not doing anything and most likely damaged from the power bump

I don’t always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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I have a MSI laptop which I am on now. Also, an ipad II for browsing. The monitor is a 22 incher.
salvage the hard drive...
get yourself one of these and install it into it.... (it's referred to as a sled)...
hook the hard drive to the LT as an external drive... (but drivers may become an issue if you operate off of it)...
operate off the internal or external drive or both as mirror imaging - your choice...
hook your monitor to the LT and run it as a projector hook up...

Search Results for external hard drive enclosures at TigerDirect.com

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new laptop???
if the sledded drive doesn't function you'll know what failed...
3/400 for a mother board??? but you get to upgrade some...
let a shop swap it out.. it's need experienced supervision as it wakes up...
the shop can do all the set ups with everything and the Q's you had in your original post will be answered or dealt with...
bios corrupted???
BTW.. Tiger Direct is a good place to deal with...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I still say it's the voltage regulator on the mother board . I was thinking Mike , if you put your finger on the voltage regulators heat sink , it should be hot to the touch , if not , it's not doing anything and most likely damaged from the power bump
if it is, it's still another mother board...
could be a millionth of cent part too...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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if it is, it's still another mother board...
could be a millionth of cent part too...
Well that's the bad news , and some higher end boards have the voltage regulators spread in different locations all over the board.

I had a computer that started acting flakey with blue screens of death and for the heck of it I reseated all the cards , like the video card , sound card , RAM etc , and low and behold it was fixed .
I don't think this is going to help in Mikes case though

My only other thought was to reset the button on the MB but that seems unlikely to help also considering it seems like the powers not getting to the MB

I don’t always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate

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salvage the hard drive...
get yourself one of these and install it into it.... (it's referred to as a sled)...
hook the hard drive to the LT as an external drive... (but drivers may become an issue if you operate off of it)...
operate off the internal or external drive or both as mirror imaging - your choice...
hook your monitor to the LT and run it as a projector hook up...

Search Results for external hard drive enclosures at TigerDirect.com

notes..

new laptop???
if the sledded drive doesn't function you'll know what failed...
3/400 for a mother board??? but you get to upgrade some...
let a shop swap it out.. it's need experienced supervision as it wakes up...
the shop can do all the set ups with everything and the Q's you had in your original post will be answered or dealt with...
bios corrupted???
BTW.. Tiger Direct is a good place to deal with...
I have several hdd enclosures as well as a hdd docking station. In fact, while changing out the power supply, I added another hdd so now there is the SSD and two regular hard drives.

I disconnected the SSD and tried it again - nothing.
I disconnected each hard drive and turned the power on - nothing
I removed the add-in card for a pair of USB3 ports - nothing.
The video card has been removed - nothing.
I pulled two of the four memory sticks - nothing.

Looks like it is all over but the crying! :-)

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mother board....

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

Stick....
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Yep. that is what I am thinking.

Thanks all for the helpful suggestions.

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