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kikz
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My computer won't boot up.  I am writing this from my phone, I'm on my third try.  I went online on my kindle and found suggestions to check power zource.  Had my son check but nothing.  He says it"s time for a new one but it's less than five years old.  I don't know what to do.  The computer  is my biggest form of entertainment.  I am so electronically challenged.  I was thinking of stopping by the computer shop to ask for advice.  I have said before that I can't post from my kindle and this s*cks.  

Karen

bosberg
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If it didn't turn on when he pushed the button it is most likely your power supply is shot.  You should be able to replace that at any local pc shop.

That would be cheaper than a new pc.  What brand is it? Maybe it's not worth fixing and you want a new one? That is something only you can decide :)

 

 

 

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wholfmeister
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I am fairly electronically challenged, as well.  I know how to do what I do, but that's it. 

My experience has been that it could be something quite simple, like the power supply issue.

If it's not, unfortunately, 5 years is very old for a computer.  That's probably not what you wanted to hear, but the technology is moving so rapidly, 5 years is very old for a computer.

Good luck!

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kikz
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It's a Dell.  I hope I can get back on it because I have writings and favorites and games I would like to retrieve or make lists of.  This happened before and I lost a lot of stuff.  Yes I've heard of back up but I said I am so very challenged.  To me it is rocket science.I think it is just a cord.  I will ask my son to help me decide what to do.  I do not feel like dealing with anything these days.

I just started getting back into my humble little life last week.  I had a facial, mani/pedi, re-joined WW and went to yoga.  I also went to Walmart for the first time since treatment started.  I still don't feel a lot of enthusiasm.  Hope that changes soon.

Thanks ladies.

 

Karen

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Alexandra
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5-year-old Dell is not worth repairing. If it's a laptop, with adapter plugged in try taking battery out and putting it back in, sometimes it helps. If not, you can get a new laptop with Windows8 at BestBuy for $300. Extended warranty is a rip-off. Bring your old one with you and for another $30 GeekSquad will copy your old hard drive onto the new laptop (favorites, files, games, emails and everything else). It makes sense to invest another $70 in the external zip drive for regular back-up, but most people don't do that.

Facial, mani/pedi, Weigh Watchers and yoga sound wonderful. Even Walmart could be a decent place if not for the http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/

Hugs!!!

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kikz
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Thanks for all the info Alexandra.  I am going to discuss all this with my son.  But what if it is just a power cord?  I haven't had any problems before this.  You'll probably think I'm a real dope but I am afraid of a laptop.  My son wanted me to get one last time but it was out of my comfort zone.  I don't want any changes right now.  I am in such a weird space.  These last couple of months have shaken me to the core.  I just want status quo but I know that doesn't always happen in real life.

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lovesanimals
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So glad you've managed to communicate with us.  Luckily the other ladies here have offered some good suggestions.  I feel like I'm like you in more ways than one.  At work, I call myself "Low Tech Kelly" because I am so behind everyone else with technology.  I don't do well with change either and I can truly understand your need for some stability, especially right now.  However, believe it or not I actually got a laptop earlier this year, on my brother's advice, when our PC went kaput one too many times from viruses.  I've learned how convenient it is to be able to use it in any room.  Your "humble little life" sounds wonderful.  On Saturday, my husband and I drove into town to get fresh vegetables and flowers at a farmer's market and then went out to lunch at our favorite Japanese restaurant.  I feel like I accomplished a lot that day!

Take care,

Kelly

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Alexandra
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I agree with Kelly. Laptop can be the desktop and so much more. You can attach it to your existing keyboard, monitor and mouse and never know the difference. Buying desktop today is a little like buying an 8-track. But whatever makes you comfortable.

Get desktop power cord off eBay for under $5. Make sure that it's for correct model and not shipping from China. http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=dell%20desktop%20power%20cord. Or buy it locally and return the next day if it didn't help. Disconnect all peripherals (monitor, printer, speakers, microphone, webcam, mouse, keyboard, modem, etc.), vacuum dust bunnies from the back panel and try several times to power up. 

If that didn't work, you may have fried the motherboard, CPU or CPU cooler. Get your son to unplug the computer, unscrew the back panel and remove components one by one to see which one is faulty. This is detailed instruction on how to do it. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/What-to-Do-If-Your-Computer-Doesnt-Turn-On/547/1

 Generally it's more cost-effective to replace than repair electronics unless you are related to a handy computer geek (free labor).

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