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PC starts and stops after a screech from CD drive

Sep 7, 2019 10:01PM PDT

When I turn on the computer, it starts for a second and then stops. Before it stops, a screech is heard and from the CD drive. I unplugged the CD drive. Now there is no sound but still the pc does not start.
I checked the smps with a paper clip. It works perfectly. Could it be the motherboard? Help needed here. It's rainy season too. I hope it's the humidity.

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Re: no boot
Sep 8, 2019 1:52AM PDT

It's either the motherboard or the hard disk.

If the "CD drive" is, in fact, a "DVD drive", try booting from a Linux disc you download or burn on another computer to have a look at the hard disk.
If that looks normal, boot from a Windows 10 install disk or from the recovery drive you made and try startup repair. What happens?

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It doesn't get to the booting process.
Sep 8, 2019 5:26AM PDT

It only powers up for a second. When I unplugged the DVD drive, the sound is gone but the problem is not.
Could it be a short anywhere inside the case?

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Re: boot
Sep 8, 2019 5:39AM PDT

It tries to boot from the DVD-drive, but that doesn't work, first because there is no disc in it, then because it isn't even there. And, for some reason, it doesn't manage to boot from the hard disk, but it doesn't give an error message either.

Surely, that is some hardware issue. That's why I suggested running from the DVD-drive, either from a Linux disc or from a Windows install/repair disk as a first step to a more detailed diagnosis.

It's up to you to find the cause yourself or have it done by a repair shop.

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Can't open dvd drive.
Sep 9, 2019 10:09PM PDT

I can't open dvd drive. Because the power is on only for a second.
I think it's the motherboard

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open a gem clip
Sep 10, 2019 4:25AM PDT

make it straight. Stick it through the access hole, which is on tray front of almost all CD and DVD drives. It will release the tray, and then manually pull it open.

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