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    If your motherboard LED is lighting up it just means the +5vlt standby rail is working, nothing else, the PSU could well be fucked.

    Try and get a spare one from a geeky mate, s/he probably has plenty lying around.

    That would be my first port of call, then as Fangface suggested trying the memory sticks -> graphics card -> cmos etc. Replacing the CPU or motherboard is probably going to be tricky business without just taking/sending the PC back to Acer/Packard Bell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanthic View Post

    I knowwwww. That's most annoying thing about it. I'm sure I had a virus on my computer because it always sounded like it was working at a high rate and according to my Task Manager it was too but everytime I ran a virus scan it came back with nothing.
    Try downloading and running Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - its free and catches a lot of stuff other checkers miss I use it in conjunctions with Ad-Aware and Avast Anti Virus - all free for home PCs and between the 3 do a great job.

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    ^^ Thats what I use. Those and Hijackthis if odd things keep reoccuring after virus removals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fangface View Post
    Take the graphics card out and try booting the PC - if the PC gives a beep then it is sensing that there isn't a graphics card connected at it is possible that is your fault lies with the graphics card. If you get no beep then it could be something else - try disconnecting memory sticks to see if it will boot.. Look at your manual (or on the internet) to find the beep codes for specific faults.

    Try the above and post back if it doesn't work and we can see from there.
    OK so I removed the graphics card and you're right, it beeps and tries to boot. The only problem being is I can't find my user manual and cant find one online. There isn't one on their website either. But at least I've kind of isolated the problem. I dont have an onboard graphics card so cant check to see if there are any other problems.

    PS... I have a small cooling fan attached to my graphics card and the amount of CRAP stuck to it was horrible. I had to (gently) scrape it all off. I usually go through the computer with an air duster once a month but somehow overlooked the graphics card...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanthic View Post
    OK so I removed the graphics card and you're right, it beeps and tries to boot. The only problem being is I can't find my user manual and cant find one online. There isn't one on their website either. But at least I've kind of isolated the problem. I dont have an onboard graphics card so cant check to see if there are any other problems.

    PS... I have a small cooling fan attached to my graphics card and the amount of CRAP stuck to it was horrible. I had to (gently) scrape it all off. I usually go through the computer with an air duster once a month but somehow overlooked the graphics card...
    If you have a kind hearted mate then borrow their graphics card and try it. The drivers may well be wrong but the PC will at least boot into windows. If the fan has got clogged it may be that it has overheated to critical point and died - if it was just a heat issue then trying to start from cold after an hour shutdown would at least get a post. It *might* be that the fan has died and the card has shutdown as it senses no fan operation - unfortunately its more likely the card has dies.

    If the card is dead and a mates one works then get a new one - leave PC World the f**k alone - overpriced to the extreme. Have a look on eBuyer, Aria or Overclockers UK. Aria in particular have a "superspecials" page where you can get good stuff at a knock down price.

    However, if you are not knowledgeable on PC drivers buy from the same range - hopefully its either an ATI or Nvidia card at present - if you get a different manufacturer you need to delete the old drivers before loading the new ones on after a reboot. Its not rocket science but not exactly a piece of piss if you are not used to it.

    Hope this helps.

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    If there's no beep, shit bricks.
    Alternatively, assume that there is a fault with your power supply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanthic View Post
    OK so I removed the graphics card and you're right, it beeps and tries to boot. The only problem being is I can't find my user manual and cant find one online. There isn't one on their website either. But at least I've kind of isolated the problem. I dont have an onboard graphics card so cant check to see if there are any other problems.

    PS... I have a small cooling fan attached to my graphics card and the amount of CRAP stuck to it was horrible. I had to (gently) scrape it all off. I usually go through the computer with an air duster once a month but somehow overlooked the graphics card...
    Again listen to FangFace, but, you clearly smoke too much weed whilst watching porn andplaying video games

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fangface View Post
    If you have a kind hearted mate then borrow their graphics card and try it. The drivers may well be wrong but the PC will at least boot into windows. If the fan has got clogged it may be that it has overheated to critical point and died - if it was just a heat issue then trying to start from cold after an hour shutdown would at least get a post. It *might* be that the fan has died and the card has shutdown as it senses no fan operation - unfortunately its more likely the card has dies.

    If the card is dead and a mates one works then get a new one - leave PC World the f**k alone - overpriced to the extreme. Have a look on eBuyer, Aria or Overclockers UK. Aria in particular have a "superspecials" page where you can get good stuff at a knock down price.

    However, if you are not knowledgeable on PC drivers buy from the same range - hopefully its either an ATI or Nvidia card at present - if you get a different manufacturer you need to delete the old drivers before loading the new ones on after a reboot. Its not rocket science but not exactly a piece of piss if you are not used to it.

    Hope this helps.
    It's an NVidia graphics card. I know to buy off eBuyer, Overclockers and (my personal preference) Micro Direct.. I phoned PC World, where I bought it from, and they quoted me £230 for a replacement

    I've looked around for the graphics card and it looks like it's an OEM card which means I cant buy it standalone so I'll be looking for a replacement card compatible with my PC.

    Cheers for this guys... lots of help!

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    Again listen to FangFace, but, you clearly smoke too much weed whilst watching porn andplaying video games
    If it wasnt for the fact that you said "playing video games", you'd pretty much have me there. I think I have a porn/weed addiction. Cannaporn addict. Cannapornadict?

    I didnt buy the PC to game even though it's a gaming PC (I tried CoD but got slaughtered online by 12 year old American kids so gave up), I wanted a PC that didnt break and since I've never owned a brand new PC before and I had the money - I treated myself. I didnt want the hassle of buying separate components and building my own - I just wanted to go into a shop, buy it and leave hence why I went to RipOff World.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xanthic View Post
    It's an NVidia graphics card. I know to buy off eBuyer, Overclockers and (my personal preference) Micro Direct.. I phoned PC World, where I bought it from, and they quoted me £230 for a replacement

    I've looked around for the graphics card and it looks like it's an OEM card which means I cant buy it standalone so I'll be looking for a replacement card compatible with my PC.

    Cheers for this guys... lots of help!
    £230!!!! It doesn't surprise me especially since they will have likely added £50 for their expert installation service

    The easiest approach will be to get another Nvidia card - you may not even have to muck about with the drivers. Nvidia uses a unified set of drivers for all their cards so the drivers at present on the PC will be able to run the new card in all likelyhood. It wouldn't do any harm to update the drivers once you get a new card as you can sometimes get more stability / performance from newer drivers.

    If you are not that fussed at gaming then just get something like a Nvidia GT220 which should only set you back about £60 delivered but have enough power to show films etc and let you game a bit if you want to in the future.

    The other option is to do a search on ebay for the model of card you have - quite often people strip down "broken" PC's and flog the parts on ebay after convicing the poor mug that they need a totally new machine just because the dvd drive has packed in. What is the info you have on the existing card? Let me know and I will try and have a look for you when I get a chance.
    Last edited by Fangface; 03-09-2010 at 02:53 PM.

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    Erm.. if your graphics card is "NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600GS 512MB" as it states in your first post, it's worth about £30 at most. What is the £200 extra for that they are trying to swindle you out of? lol

    EDIT: Those cards only seem to come with package PCs like you obviously bought, you will be able to find websites that sell you that one piece for £30 or less. Tell PC world to go fuck themself. Seeing as your motherboard is still pretty recent, you could probably get a pretty decent card within 150-200 if you really wanted to spend that much.
    Last edited by Leesin; 03-09-2010 at 03:11 PM.

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