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Computer will not boot

by Darrell Johnson / May 2, 2006 10:46 PM PDT

HP a345w W XP Pro. Orig. asked in XP forum no help. Thiking it might be hardware problem.
The plastic holder on heatsink broke. Put on a new heatsink & fan. Paste on heatsink. Tried to boot and fan on heatsink comes on for 2 seconds and shuts off.Tied new power supply and new harddrive. Still will not boot. HP support said take it to Best Buy. I am sure someone here will have the answer. Thanks for your help. Darrell

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Not enough clues yet. But the broke item could be...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2006 11:25 PM PDT
In reply to: Computer will not boot

A clue the motherboard has suffered some damage. The problem with home repairs is the lack of diagnostics to tell us if it's a CPU, board or such. In this case I'd get a CPU and motherboard combo and move onto the new machine.


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cpu & motherboard
by Darrell Johnson / May 2, 2006 11:38 PM PDT

Where do you get the combo and how much is cost. Thanks

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This is one of those "depends on" problems.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2006 11:59 PM PDT
In reply to: cpu & motherboard

The issue here is cost. While HP is your source (ebay too?) for the replacement set (we go for the set since with most homes we can't test which part it is) the problem gets deeper since the Operating System (OS) is locked to HP's machine.

If you have a "Retail" version of the OS then we can entertain CPU and motherboard combos from other places and even consider a new case/power supply since HP's price on motherboards is not known to be that great.

Remember, this is how it is outside a shop since we don't have spares to swap in to find out exactly what part it is.

-> Forgive me but details are still slim on the machine. If it's more than a few years old and even then I check the BIOS or CMOS (terms vary) BATTERY since when it's too low some machines will not beep or boot.

I hope you see why there is no clear "do this" answer. In some cases a new PC is cheapest.


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(NT) (NT) Thanks for your help. Darrell
by Darrell Johnson / May 3, 2006 12:09 AM PDT
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