BIOS won't start

April 19, 2009 at 19:22:08
Specs: Windows XP
I have a computer without an operating system. When I start it and hit the function key to display the BIOS it won't show on the screen. The monitor is working but it's connected to the computer via a video card. Is it possible that when they wiped the hard drive it deleted the s/w that was needed for the monitor to work?

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#1
April 19, 2009 at 19:34:29
It would help to have a little info about the computer, like is it an OEM or custom built machine.

What happens if you attempt to boot up without pressing any keys? Does anything appear on the screen at all? A splash screen or POST screen? Any beeps?


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#2
April 19, 2009 at 19:54:13
"Is it possible that when they wiped the hard drive it deleted the s/w that was needed for the monitor to work?"

No.
Think about it. If that were the case, how would anybody install anything on a blank hard drive?

The mboard, monitor, and the video card's chipset already have built in support to display basic VGA graphics.


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#3
April 19, 2009 at 19:54:40
Hi jam,

It's not a custom built machine. It's a gateway computer with everything on its hard drive wiped out.

When I turn it on nothing appears on the screen. The power button goes between yellow and green and that's about it.


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#4
April 19, 2009 at 20:03:50
Tell us the Gateway model number. It should be on a label on the outside of the case.
We don't even know from your info so far whether you have a laptop or a desktop computer, since many people call onboard (built into the mboard) video a video card in error.

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#5
April 19, 2009 at 20:12:06
It's a desktop computer. the model number is MFATXSTL EL2 500L

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#6
April 19, 2009 at 20:28:50
Was everything working before they wiped the hard drive?

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#7
April 19, 2009 at 20:33:56
If you have not been fiddling with anything inside the case, there are two common problems that can cause your problem.

Failing power supplies are common and can cause your symptoms.
Check your PS.
They often partially work, fans and hard drives may spin, leds may come on, yet you get no video and the mboard will not boot all the way.
See response 4 in this:
http://www.computing.net/hardware/w...

A common thing that can happen with ram, even ram that worked fine previously, is the ram has, or has developed, a poor connection in it's slot(s).
See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:
http://www.computing.net/hardware/w...


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#8
April 20, 2009 at 07:02:53
"When I start it and hit the function key to display the BIOS it won't show on the screen." Which function key are you hitting, and are you hitting it repeatedly so that you don't miss getting into the bios ?

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