I've got a desktop computer that I bought in Spain that won't startup over here in the states. If it makes any difference, it's running W98 (spanish version) and it's an older pentium, don't remember and can't tell cause it won't start up.
The problem's got to be in the power supply (guess it could be the hard disk). Over there we used 220v 50 hz power. However, since the power supply is supposed to take any current I thought it would work with no problem here.
It's a Jou Jye Electronic Co., Ltd, switching power supply - Model: AP-3-1 (250W MAX) rev 2.03
AC - input listed as Voltage 115~ 230v~
Current 6A 3A
Frequency 50-60 Hz
I thought I could just change the power cord (same power supply end) to an American plug in and it would work. My notebooks work that way.
When I do that, nothing happens at all.
I had to use a transformer over there for a lot of my American stuff (220 to 120), so I tried one for this (just used it backwards for 120 to 220) and the computer did try to start up - I got some front panel lights, the fan starts, and the disk starts to access but after 5 or 6 seconds, nothing else. No monitor signal.
I'm thinking I need a new power supply, but when I put the computer in the box for shipping to the states, it worked fine. I guess I need to test it to see before I go tearing it out of the case - can anybody help me troubleshoot it? I've got voltmeters and such in my toolbox.