pfannkuchen asked this question 3 years, 6 months ago:

I need a computer diagnostic/repair shop

Can anyone recommend a place that does desktop computer diagnostics for a fair price?

I just replaced the PSU and now I have error beeps indicating bad RAM. A matching stick of RAM is $60, so if there's a place cheap enough, I'd prefer to know for sure before I start chasing errors. TIA.



3 years, 6 months ago

I am an IT person. It seems odd that your PSU took a dump and then you are finding other problems after the fact. Usually, when that occurs, the computer took a power surge of some kind. It is rare that more than one component would die at the same time. It isn't impossible, and you have have gotten lucky in that only two components got damaged. Having said that, check out KMC Tech Guy.

I'd help you, but I don't think I can from here since this is not a software issue.

Good luck.

3 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, I plugged it in without swapping the red tab on the back to 220v *doh*. Was hoping it was just the PSU, but evidently not. I'd rather know if it's the MoBo, RAM, or both before I start replacing more parts.

KMC tech guy is taking a hiatus from fixing computers (according to his FB page), so I left a post on his page. Hopefully he can recommend another place that can help.

3 years, 6 months ago

Quote by pfannkuchen:
Yeah, I plugged it in without swapping the red tab on the back to 220v *doh*. Was hoping it was just the PSU, but evidently not. I'd rather know if it's the MoBo, RAM, or both before I start replacing more parts.

KMC tech guy is taking a hiatus from fixing computers (according to his FB page), so I left a post on his page. Hopefully he can recommend another place that can help.


Usually, when you forget to switch from 110 to 220v, the PSU is expecting more power than what you are feeding it. In this case, you are under powering the PSU, which shouldn't lead to damaging much.

I did the same thing and all that happened is that my PSU made a whining sound. I flipped the switch to 220v, and all was OK. I suppose it depends on the quality of the PSU. I know for a fact that there is an over abundance of PSU on the market that are cheaply made and don't have much tolerance for power (over or under).

In your case, since your PSU stopped working, and now you are getting memory errors, I'd say it is a safe bet that your MB is also damaged. But, you could have gotten lucky. I don't know if the place is still around, but there used to be a computer shop in Landstuhl. Take a look at this and see if you can find something.

Also, there was a computer place next to Euler BMW in Landstuhl. If you pass it so it is on your right, there was a small building on the same side as the BMW, just before the curve, that did computer repair. This was a few years ago, so they could still be around. I wish I had a name or address, but the info I gave you should get you there. It is BruchwiesenStr.

Edit: Found it. http://www.conama.com/en/

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