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XPC Shuttle shows no sign of power. Answered

My mom today took me to work to help throw out alot of junk at her place. since they're closing down and have almost no need for it, they gave me they're old XPC shuttle SG31G2 I believe, which wouldn't turn on for some reason. My mom said last week, the bosses turned the computer off, and when she got back on Monday, the comp. wont turn on. I have been playing with it for a few hours, and tried pressing firmly against almost all the connections I could, but when I plugged it in and hit the switch, absolutely nothing. I've tried alot, but I haven't disected it yet, and I'm hoping I wont have to. Anyone have some advice to see if I could get it to turn on?

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PKM (author)2009-07-05

I had a Shuttle way back when, and the power supply on that was flaky for a long time and eventually died. There are simpler things to try- make sure the fuse in the power cord still works (power a different computer with it?), make sure the electrical socket is working and that the shuttle's power supply is set to the right voltage. My power supply has recently started playing up- leaving it unplugged for several hours, then plugging it back into the mains and turning it straight on seems to work. If none of these work, and when you plug the cord into the shuttle you hear a slight crackle (which means the power supply is conducting), the power supply may well be broken. See if you can find another power supply of the right wattage with the right connectors and plug that into the motherboard if possible. The other option is that the motherboard has gone south, in which case you will need to replace it (I daren't try replacing bad capacitors on a shuttle motherboard).

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wolf555hound (author)PKM2009-07-06

yea, when i plug it it, theres absolutely no sign that anythings getting juice. I might look into the power supply a bit more. The only reason my mom wants me to fix it is cause theres "some" pics from her camera on it. Adding onto to that, is it jsut possible to hook the HD to a different computer, get all the junk off, then just reconnect the original HD?

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PKM (author)wolf555hound2009-07-06

Yep, absolutely, and it's a technique I've used before to do the same thing. It's a bit involved to do: the easiest way is to plug in both hard drives to a working computer, so it boots up as normal but the Shuttle hard drive appears as drive E: or something like that. There are some complications, especially if the hard drives are both IDE rather than SATA, but someone who knows their way around computer hardware could probably do it.

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wolf555hound (author)PKM2009-07-06

urg.... OH well, ill do a few Google searches and things before i try it. I have another computer that i can try to put the SHuttle HD into while im reading how. Thank You!

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Tool Using Animal (author)2009-07-03

Check for voltage from the power adapter first.

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Heres the pic of the actuall cable...

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okay, well now your next step is too check the machine for a fuse, and test that. You've searched for a service manual?

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After that, you need to crack the case, if the power supply is ATX then you can disconnect the power supply from the motherboard and jumper the green power supply wire to any of the black power supply wires and see if the power supply works (fan should run, be able to measure voltage from black to the other colors(you can find charts to tell you what those should be)). If that doesn't work you need a new power supply, if it does work, then you have real problems and should consider it an attractive door stop.

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Uhhh, dunna if theres a manual, so I'll ask my mom to check with the boss on Monday. And I'll go see if its ATX.

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lol, SOOO sorry for the uber multiple posts, but when I checked the voltage, one setting i got like 0-3 volts, but on this other setting, i got between 123-125 volts.

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errr, gimme a few seconds to take a pic...

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oh, nvm, lol, would a regular Multimeter work if i put it on the...err... idk so the 500 setting? No period so no "point" voltages.

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