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Is there a quick fix for this power problem?

I was loading a Webcam on my computer. The system froze up while loading the drivers. I manually restarted the machine and nothing happened. Everything is dead. I suspect the power unit failed. It is an HP Pavilion 4410. Could the Webcam have shorted out the power supply? I have replaced the cord and went though all the hardware to find the problem. Is there a quick fix without having to replace the power supply unit?
What's probably more likely is that your system had a cheap power supply -- most system builders skimp on the power supply -- and the extra load from the camera caused it to blow. You should look into having it replaced. There's probably no quick fix here.
This was first published in August 2002

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