booting and safe mode

August 11, 2010 at 16:05:48
Specs: Windows XP, 750
Gateway Desktop of 2002-2004 vintage was turned off last night. In morning the computer apparently would not boot and reported a brief message that it was in power save mode. Computer still on, blanked out video screen. Tried to reboot by pulling power from unit and restarting. Then tried to boot and put into safe mode by F8. Still nothing. Trying to determine if the problem is with video or desktop.

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August 11, 2010 at 21:27:23
The power saving message was probably generated by the monitor and not the PC.

Do you get anything on the screen other than the power saving message like a posting screen or gateway logo? Does F8 bring up the boot menu?

If 'no' then continue:

When you say it's 'on' you mean the fans and drives are spinning and maybe the LEDs are flashing. That only means the power supply is giving 12 volts. A power supply must provide several voltages at sufficient amperage for the PC to work so it can be bad and yet the fans and drives will spin.

But first ascertain if it could possibly be one of the peripherals. Remove all the cards except video and disconnect all the drives. Then see if you get a posting screen. If you do then one of the disconnected items must be at fault.

If possible, swap the video card with another--even a cheapie--just to see if you get a posting screen. Or add a card if you have on-board video.

If you still get nothing, it's probably the power supply and/or the motherboard. It's often both as a failed power supply will sometimes ruin the motherboard.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation

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August 12, 2010 at 10:24:42
Try to remove your RAM from the mother board.
Clean it and clean the slot of it.
Fix it again in slot and then turn on your pc.99% your problem will solved.
If this will not work,then please post here.

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