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dead motherboard vs dead videocard hints?

by dime21 / November 29, 2011 11:35 PM PST

Hello--I have built a few computers that used to work great, but have not used in a while since I got my laptop. But they seem to have "died" in the interim, as they are not firing up properly.
It can't be all for the same reason, one only shows a" __" line when I try to boot, the other just beeps at me and I get nothing visually (it at first said no video input so i changed out the video card).
Any tips without changing everything out as to what are the culprits?
Thanks in advance!

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I've seen that when the OS is corrupt.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2011 2:13 AM PST

Did you try one of those Live CDs from Ubuntu.com?

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Live CDs from Ubuntu.com?
by dime21 / November 30, 2011 3:34 AM PST

what is that, never heard of it.

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It's over at Ubuntu.com
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2011 5:39 AM PST
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Dead
by Shepbob / November 30, 2011 8:35 AM PST

You said "have not used in a while" Have you checked the CMOS battery???

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CMOS battery is a good idea...
by dime21 / December 2, 2011 9:48 AM PST
In reply to: Dead

...But I ended up giving the stuff away to a local computer repair store. They said just keep my hard drives, but I really prefer to wipe them and recycle them.

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