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PC wont start up

by sgcent / April 13, 2008 2:59 PM PDT

I have a sony vaio desktop. When i turn it on, the light that indicates that data is being processed goes on for less than a second. the light that indicates a cd is being read also goes on for about 10 seconds and then stops. there is no clicking noise, although there used to be, and all of the panel lights are on, but nothing is happening. The monitor light is yellow, so no information is even being sent there. Any ideas? i don't think it is the hard drive because even though there was a clicking noise, i unplugged the hard drive earlier and the clicking noise persisted, even though, as i said, now it has gone away.

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Is there any monitor activity?
by strickjh2005 / April 13, 2008 5:03 PM PDT
In reply to: PC wont start up

Have you checked the monitor's connection to the system? Does Post come up? Is there any start up or splash screen?

Does it just always stay black?

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not the monitor
by sgcent / April 14, 2008 3:22 AM PDT

no, there is a light below the monitor that is normally yellow when the computer is off and green when it is on. With what's going on, it always stays yellow. The problem isn't with the monitor.

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Try...
by megamannt92 / April 14, 2008 12:27 AM PDT
In reply to: PC wont start up

Try unplugging things that are not required to start up the computer.

Unplug any CD-ROM drives, Floppy drives, and all USB devices, then try to start it up again. Also make sure the P4 power connector is plugged into your motherboard correctly. If that is not plugged in your computer will only turn on for less than a second.

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motherboard
by sgcent / April 14, 2008 3:17 PM PDT
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I think I have to replace the motherboard, ut now I have a different question. if i replace the motherboard, but use all of the same old components (specifically the hard drive) then do i have to reinstall windows?

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7 Hits.
by strickjh2005 / April 15, 2008 10:40 AM PDT
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Motherboard counts as one hit against you. You can have up to 6 hits before you need to REACTIVATE.

You should never have to reinstall for just one or two components.

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