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my pc wont boot up

 
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taz39



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:00 pm    Post subject: my pc wont boot up Reply with quote

Hi my pc wont boot up. when you press the power on button the cd drives light up then the monitor switches off and thats as far as it goes. Anyone got any ideas to help me.

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SoftStag



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a few questions:
Question Is there any display on the monitor before it goes off?
Question Does the hard drive appear to be reading? (usually this is identified by a flashing red light on the front of the PC, you can often hear the drive being accessed as well)
Question If your speakers are turned on, do you get any sounds, such as beeps or the Windows start sounds?
Question What is the make and model of the PC?
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taz39



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoftStag wrote:
Just a few questions:
Question Is there any display on the monitor before it goes off?
Question Does the hard drive appear to be reading? (usually this is identified by a flashing red light on the front of the PC, you can often hear the drive being accessed as well)
Question If your speakers are turned on, do you get any sounds, such as beeps or the Windows start sounds?
Question What is the make and model of the PC?


1 - yes it says No signal Video cable connected
2 - no. but have tried 2 different hard drives and still got the same problem
3 - speakers are on but no sound or beep
4 - its an asus p4s800d-e motherboard ( its a built up machine not ready made)
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I assume then that you are quite comfortable going inside the PC. Can you confirm that the computer has worked?

First thing to check is that the fans come on when you turn the computer on, in particular the CPU fan. If it does then make sure all the components inside are firmly seated in their slots, and plugs in sockets. In particular pay attention to the RAM, remove the modules and reseat them in their slots.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoftStag wrote:
OK, I assume then that you are quite comfortable going inside the PC. Can you confirm that the computer has worked?

First thing to check is that the fans come on when you turn the computer on, in particular the CPU fan. If it does then make sure all the components inside are firmly seated in their slots, and plugs in sockets. In particular pay attention to the RAM, remove the modules and reseat them in their slots.


1 - yes i am comforable going in but not sure exactly what i am doing in there. Yes it has worked before.
2 - yes all 3 fans are working.
3 - all components are firmly seated in their slots.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try disconnecting everything from the PC apart from the monitor, mouse, keyboard and power. Does this make any difference?
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