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OK, I can only turn my PC on when it is sideways. IT LOOKS RETARDED THAT WAY. This is a tower, people.


As soon as I rotate to about 45 degrees, the PC shuts down. Originally, this is what happened:

My switch for my UV lights broke... both wires going to the switch fell off. I did a temporary fix with electric tape.
I took out my CPU to take a pic so I could sell it on here. I put it back in the rig, pushed the power button, and I saw a tiny spark next to the switch... CRAP. I switched the PSU off, and did tests, hit myself, etc. I was too frustrated to figure it out. I just got off work and found out what it was, sort of.

Any ideas?? Think it's the PSU?? How do I go about fixing THIS problem? :***:

The only possible problematic devices are:
Motherboard
CPU
PSU

And yes, I took out the cathodes. I demolished the power cable to them for my amusement.
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post #2 of 25
Only works on it side? Unless somethings loose and causes a short when you put it up, I'd say it's a hard drive. Try taking your hard drive and holding/set it sideways while the rest of your computer is up right, then turn it on.
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post #3 of 25
Huh...odd. Remember kids, your computer ISN'T a 360, it likes to sit-up straight.
post #4 of 25
Take the cathodes and switch out and test.
 
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post #5 of 25
Definately before you do anything make sure there are no loose wires in your psu or anywhere else...also look for burnt wires or the burnt smell.
post #6 of 25
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OK, I can only turn my PC on when it is sideways. IT LOOKS RETARDED THAT WAY. This is a tower, people.


As soon as I rotate to about 45 degrees, the PC shuts down. Originally, this is what happened:

My switch for my UV lights broke... both wires going to the switch fell off. I did a temporary fix with electric tape.
I took out my CPU to take a pic so I could sell it on here. I put it back in the rig, pushed the power button, and I saw a tiny spark next to the switch... CRAP. I switched the PSU off, and did tests, hit myself, etc. I was too frustrated to figure it out. I just got off work and found out what it was, sort of.

Any ideas?? Think it's the PSU?? How do I go about fixing THIS problem? :***:
oh dear remove the cathodes and switch, make sure ALL wires and connectors are pushed right in and connected well. I had this before when my connector from psu to mobo came loose hope this helps
    
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post #7 of 25
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No burns, wires are fine. I wiggled them when the PC was running. Heck I just did it again. I'm using it now.
And I forgot to mention:

The only possible problematic devices are:
Motherboard
CPU
PSU

I've tried my best, and this is as far as I can get with my limited resources. I'll try just turning the PSU sideways. It may be time for the Tt TR2...
And yes, I took out the cathodes. I demolished the power cable to them for my amusement.
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post #8 of 25
yea, sounds like its shorting out when its straight up. Also, why would having the pc sideways be bad for it at all? Many pc's are configured that way and it is actually seems better since the board would be flat on something instead of suspended on its side. If something is physically broken, it would be the PSU. If something is somehow shorting out, the pc would do what it is doing to you.
    
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post #9 of 25
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OK, the PSU doesn't do it... I'll check the back of the motherboard tomorrow... something might be causing a ground... my guess is a whack screw.

Any other thoughts on this? I could really use some help here!

Reps to those who helped thus far.
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post #10 of 25
Yea, probably the board then, either a loose connection, or a short by either a screw like you said, or the board grounding on the back side of the case.
    
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