[kwlug-disc] Troubleshooting and Fixing a PC locally?

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Thu Dec 2 22:28:21 EST 2010


Could be bad capacitors on the motherboard: 
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Capacitor_plague

--Bob.


On 10-12-02 06:04 PM, L.D. Paniak wrote:
> Try a new power supply.
>
> On Thu, 2010-12-02 at 17:28 -0500, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>> I have a slightly off topic question.
>>
>> One of the test servers I use has died (symptoms below). The other
>> two I have will make do until I have this one fixed. The data on it is
>> not
>> crucial by the way.
>>
>> The server is actually an Acer quad core desktop.
>>
>> The symptoms vary from having nothing on the monitor, to booting
>> hanging
>> at "scanning for USB devices" (before trying to read the disk), to
>> booting and
>> working well only to hang up suddenly after a few minutes.
>>
>> So it could be a mother board issue, not a disk drive.
>>
>> This PC is out of warranty, so sending it to Acer themselves is not
>> a viable option.
>>
>> My question is can anyone recommend some competent and reputable
>> local
>> outfit that would  troubleshoot and fix this PC at a reasonable
>> price?
>> Knowledge of Linux may help (so that they don't mistake it for a
>> software
>> issue), but not required.
>> -- 
>> Khalid M. Baheyeldin
>> 2bits.com, Inc.
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