I just turned the computer on and there was a crackling sound (unfortunately I was not close enough to ascertain exactly where it came from).There was a distinct smell of overheating electrics but before I could turn it off there was a loud bang and it did it for me.Now it is completely dead. I can see no evidence of any burning on the mobo or anything else.
Power supply is faulty, try changing it and with luck it will not have done any damage to the motherboard, drives or cards.
The machine is several years (completely trouble free) old and I have not recently added any hardware.But I am going to go round to a friends and see if he has a spare psu lying around.Back later
Sales are on - perhaps it was a message! -;}
if you heard a bang it almost certainly the PSU has blown but their is no telling if anything else has gone with it without trying another one
If you do try another PSU, don't forget to change the fuse in the plug if you use your old cable - it may well have blown.
I would try changing the lead first because they are often a cause of aggravation.
Check the fuse in the plug and any replacement. Plugs are often supplied with a 13A fuse - this needs to be changed to a 5A. (Some new computers are still being sold with 13A fuses).For a general guide click here
3Amp fuse should be in the plug only
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