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Strange boot problem,

by TurboSuper / January 29, 2007 9:58 PM PST

Yesterday, my computer decided to not boot up.

Basically, the lights come on, the HDD and Optical stuff spins up, but then it just hangs- the screen stays dark (it also doesnt progress any further than that in the boot sequence).

Oddly enough, I tried to start it once and it worked fine, then I shut down, and am back to the same problem.

specs:

MGE Vigor 500W PSU
P4 2.4GhZ with HT
2x 512MB of generic memory
ATI RADEON X800 XL
Asus X-Series mobo (forget which one exactly)

I've checked and rechecked the connections, and tried resetting the Bios. I was thinking mabye it was a connection problem, but i've checked the connections, and things dont just unplug themselves overnight.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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Fairly normal.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2007 12:22 AM PST
In reply to: Strange boot problem,
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=pc+doesn%27t+boot finds discussions and methods we use to troubleshoot dead PCs. Since the failures run the gamut of power supply, CPU, connections and more we have to look at how others tackle a dead PC.

My method is to strip the machine down to just power supply, motherboard, CPU and the speaker (keep the heatsink on the CPU) and hope it beeps in protest. No beeps? Then we are looking at the bad part or parts. Even a dead or low CMOS battery can cause this so have your voltmeter handy to measure the battery plus the power supply legs.

Bob
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Yup...
by TurboSuper / January 30, 2007 5:02 AM PST
In reply to: Fairly normal.

Heh, i'm no stranger to this problem , but usually I tinker with it and then it happens.

I'm feeling like it's the CPU that's at fault, its a few years old, and I had a heating issue with it when I first got it.

Anyhow, i'm was going to upgrade to one of them dual-core CPUs and DDR2 memory. I was hoping to squeeze this one a bit longer since its hard to find a mobo that supports both AGP 8x and the new CPUs/Mem.

Thanks for the help.

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