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Windows XP install

I did a complete install of XP on my old Compaq and formatted the partition so it would fit- It installed completely without a problem and then at the last restart my screen went black at start up- It beeps once loudly at startup and my screen light goes orange without ever turning on.

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Since windows is not runnting.

I'd look for hardware problems. Your post writes the screen is black at start and never turns on. Fix that before thinking it's a Windows issue.

Also, some machines won't start with USB devices plugged in. Be sure nothing is plugged in there.
Bob

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Can you look up beep codes for your system?

Off the top of my head it sounds a bit like a RAM issue and has nothing to do with what you did unless you took the PC apart and something got jostled loose. You might try re-seating the RAM modules first.

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Another thought

Thanks I will try the RAM- Could it be it blew the video card??? Is there a way to check that? It seems the computer is running fine I just can't see anything? Could I have dumped video drivers when I formatted the partition?

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Could be video card related

These are notorious for coming partially unseated due to the connector and heavy cable. You will get a beep code if the video card is absent so making sure it's properly seated is definitely worthwhile.

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