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Old 2006-08-15, 01:58 PM   #1
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Computer won't turn on!

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I am having a bit of trouble, with my 'puter. When I turn it on all the fans an things come on but the screen dosent display anything. The monitor is fine because it works with a different computer. It doesnt beep when I turn it on like it used to! Yes, I have checked to see if the monitor is plugged into the graphics card and if the graphics card is properly seated on the motherboard. I am at a loss without my computer at home because I can't listen to music or check my emails! Somebody please help!

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Old 2006-08-15, 02:06 PM   #2
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If you can try and take your hard drive out and test it in another computer, it sounds to me like it could be a bios problem, which is way out of my league

If its a problem with the HD then no real quick way to fix it sorry

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Old 2006-08-15, 02:15 PM   #3
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If you can try and take your hard drive out and test it in another computer, it sounds to me like it could be a bios problem, which is way out of my league

If its a problem with the HD then no real quick way to fix it sorry

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Nah, already tried that! Works in the other 'puter. Thanks for the help though! I had a niggling feeling it has got something to do with the bios! Oh noo! Mabey it would be easier to buy a new motherboard.

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Old 2006-08-15, 02:27 PM   #4
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Alright for computers if there ever a problem it is either, HARDWARE or SOFTWARE (Operating System, Bios, General sw)..etc...
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For your problem i would immediately look at problems pertaining to the graphics card and things related to it, mainly because there is nothing showing up on the screen which deals with graphics.
Make sure all fans are spinning good too. Air Conditioning for computers is VERY IMPORTANT. My cpu-fan for my last computer wasn't spinning good and it caused it to turn off all the time and i didnt know what the problem was til i had to replace my motherboard because something fried.
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To easily test if it is the graphic card, plug your computer into the "Onboard graphics" which is usually behind the computer where near the mouse and keyboard inputs are. It looks the same as where any monitor plugs into, its the blue thingy. See if your computer shows anything on the screen now. If it does that means theres obviously something wrong with your gfx card.
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Sounds, by the lack of beeping, that it may be a RAM problem.
Check the RAM, make sure it's plugged in, maybe try it on another computer if you can.

If not, try the video card on another computer. What kind of video card is it?

This doesn't sound like a motherboard issue.
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Old 2006-08-15, 03:13 PM   #6
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Sounds, by the lack of beeping, that it may be a RAM problem.
Check the RAM, make sure it's plugged in, maybe try it on another computer if you can.

If not, try the video card on another computer. What kind of video card is it?

This doesn't sound like a motherboard issue.
The first thing I suspected was RAM! I have had trouble with RAM and no display before, but then it just beeped like a motherf*cker, which is why I dismissed that possiblity! I did take it out and put it back, just to make sure it was properly seated, still the same. I will try with some different RAM tonight!

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Old 2006-08-15, 03:16 PM   #7
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He said the video card works. It should be something wrong with the mobo..
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What he didnt include though if this current computer setup has worked before, or if he is trying a new video card.

If you are trying a new video card with the computer, the computer has to meet the requirements of the new video card otherwise it won't work. ie the powersupply might have to be bigger...
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Old 2006-08-15, 03:21 PM   #8
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Check all the contacts you can. The CPU is an important one to check - particularly if you have a Pentium 2 / 3 (or probably an Athlon of similar vintage) with a CPU slot rather than a socket. I've had similar symptoms due to loose CPU connections, if I recall correctly.

Check the power connection to your mobo also.

When checking contacts, I pull out the component, blow away any dust in the slot, (carefully) push the component in and out a few times to wear away any corrosion on the contacts, then seat it back in properly.

Before touching the inside of your machine, you should touch a metal case of a machine that's connected to the mains (preferably one that's fully assembled, for obvious safety reasons ;-) in order to ground yourself - if you have any static electric charge on you it could damage your computer. If you have an anti-static wristband, that's even better.
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Old 2006-08-15, 03:27 PM   #9
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Have you tried clearing the CMOS? You may have to read your motherboard manual on where the jumper is to set it to clear.
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Is the monitor turned on?
Thats the first thing I checked before starting a new thread!

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Old 2006-08-15, 04:09 PM   #12
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Yes, the fact that it isn't beeping at all makes it difficult to diagnose the problem - usually there are a series of beeps that can point you in the right direction when something fails. I didn't really think it would have been the RAM, but there aren't many other things that can -suddenly- go wrong.

probably not power supply, as everything else turns on, and when something with the power supply goes wrong, you'll know it.

probably not mobo, since everything else turns on, which shows that the mobo is getting power and routing it appropriately.

not RAM, because you said you checked that.

check the CPU, that sounds like it may have something to do with it, but replacing a CPU isn't always cheap.

What are the specs of the computer? Maybe if I/we knew, we/I could be of more help.
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Old 2006-08-15, 05:42 PM   #14
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If nothing else turns on except for fans and you're sure the monitor and video card work, then something could be wrong with the BIOS. The BIOS is the first thing that starts up, sometimes beeps, and shows the memory test on the monitor. You might check the BIOS battery and try resetting it--hopefully you have the motherboard documentation.

What did you do right before your computer stopped working?
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