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Computer Starting with Loud Fan and No Display

by Asylum89 / September 3, 2011 2:42 PM PDT

I have an old a1330 HP desktop, running windows XP
We just moved from arizona to california, and I plugged everything back
in, and when I try to start it up, the fans blow very loud and the
lights for the optical drives go on, as if they are looking for discs.
Then it just keeps blowing and blowing without anything happening or the
screen turning on. There are no discs in the drive and I've tried
booting with only the mouse, keyboard, and screen plugged in.
I think this has happened before on this computer, but I can't remember
how it was fixed or if it was even the exact same problem.
Also at one point I held down the power button to shut it off and it
would shut off for less then a second, and start up again right away.
I cleaned out most of the dust but that didn't seem to help anything.
I would really appreciate any help I can get with this issue.

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find the noise
by lfitzinger / September 3, 2011 5:05 PM PDT

Open the case and turn on the machine and find what the noise is. You could just have a cable blocking a fan that is preventing the machine from fully booting.

If it's the cpu fan and it is hardly turning, then the cpu could be over heating instantly.

Check all the cables (on the inside) to be sure they are plugged in to where ever they should go.
Check that all the cards in the slots are pushed down all the way.
Be sure your memory sticks are pushed down all the way.

the Video card also has a fan, if you have one, be sure that is turning.

put your hand on your hard drive and be sure you can feel that it is turning on. You should feel some type of vibration.

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monitor problem
by lfitzinger / September 3, 2011 5:08 PM PDT

It could just be the monitor... do you hear any beeps when the computer turns on?

Be sure the monitor is plugged into the right place and all cable are tight. Some machines have more than one spot to plug in a monitor. Is there a monitor you can borrow to try it?

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