Computer died?

October 27, 2005 at 19:52:45
Specs: Windows XP Home, Athlon XP 2400+, 512MB ge

Hello. My brother's computer died, so he sent it to me to check it out. He said that the screen froze, so he shut it down, then it never turned back on. So, I hooked it up to my monitor, and sure enough, it didn't turn on. Now, the psu fan and the cpu fan and the hard drive fans come on, so I'm assuming that the psu and mobo and hd are fine. I'm also ruling out the hd because the monitor shows nothing at all. From my experience, even if there isn't a hard drive in, the screen will at least say "can't find boot disk" or something. This one doesn't though. I turn the monitor on, but the light on my monitor stays orange like it does when you turn it on when there's nothing connected to it. The green light on the psu turns on when I plug it in, but none of the LEDs in the front come on when I turn the computer on. So, any thoughts? Thanks.

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#1
October 27, 2005 at 22:32:50

With no beep from the speaker and only the fans turning, it's either the CPU fried or motherboard dead.

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#2
October 28, 2005 at 02:21:42

It is possible it is the VGA card if there are no beeps howerver i would say this is most likaly the problem but not always

take out everything from the case apart from mob psu everything put it on a hard surface like a worktop and connect the cpu Cooler ram vid card and psu dont bother taking out the drives just disconnect them.

I have had personal problem whereby a faulty PCI card would prevent the computer from booting at all also if you have one stick of ram and try with just one then try the other

[quote]With no beep from the speaker and only the fans turning, it's either the CPU fried or motherboard dead. [/quote]

i would say this is not 100% correct as if the MOB is fubar then the fans would not start up and if the cpu is fried then you would get beeps usualy 3 with a short gap,
was on my old pc when i fried my t-bird :P

when you have done all that try another vid card if possible and if it boots put all your componets in one by one and see if it still boots


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#3
October 28, 2005 at 03:29:07

"Now, the psu fan and the cpu fan and the hard drive fans come on, so I'm assuming that the psu and mobo and hd are fine."
You are assuming wrong
First, you don't have to take it out of the case. While in some cases, it might be easier out of the case, this PC has been working in the past (and I'm assuming noone's messed around inside prior to the problem), therefore it does not need to come out. I would highly recommend disconnecting everything (except the cpu, ram, and video card). If still no post, you can even disconnect the video card and listen for a beep code error. If more than 1 ram, as the previous post mentioned, remove all but 1 and try 1 at a time. If all still fails, change the PS. It is very likely to see lights and fans working but the PS still being bad. A PS has what's called power rails. Each rail consists of its own voltage (ex 12V, 5V, etc). One rail could be bad while others are still fine.
My suggestion would be trying the PS before you go to expenses of mobos, video cards, etc.

If you can't fix it, blow it up and deny that you saw anything.


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#4
October 28, 2005 at 04:57:58

Will I need the speakers plugged in to here these beeps?

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#5
October 28, 2005 at 05:47:53

you should have a built in PC speaker

If you can't fix it, blow it up and deny that you saw anything.


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#6
October 28, 2005 at 07:13:31

No beeps.

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#7
October 28, 2005 at 09:14:47

Hi,

As you problem,
Firstly check the CPU on the other running same type Computer (I mean other System using the Athlon).
If the CPU is still run, then it sure that your motherboard is dead.

Then, all you have to do is buying a new mobo.

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#8
October 28, 2005 at 10:44:23

Again, I stress before placing a lot lore money into it, It is very possibly the P.S. However, if you would like to try the mobo first, far be it from me to stop you. I just ask this one question, If your engine stops running on your car would you replace the engine or check to ensure it has gas first?
BTW, there are PS testerds you can buy too if you want to check it out.

If you can't fix it, blow it up and deny that you saw anything.


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#9
October 28, 2005 at 11:05:13

OK, look, let's stop making assumptions. Assume something the WORST, like maybe there's a chunck 'o left over metal that finally fell down and shorted something.

SO REMOVE THE MOTHERBOARD FROM THE CASE.

STRIP EVERYTHING and lay out the motherboard and power supply on a "safe" table and hook up ONLY this:

The motherboard, with RAM and CPU

Keyboard and power supply

Video card, if separate, and monitor.

THAT'S ALL, nothing else, and now see if you can get post, and a "bios" screen.

(Pay attention to beeps, and note them)

If possible, try a different video card, and known good monitor.


Try resetting (clearing) the bios. If you don't have the manual for the board, just pull out the battery (with the power off) for about 1/2 hour, and reinstall the battery

If possible, pull out one RAM stick, if more than one, and try different slots.

You might just remove the CPU and reseat it in it's socket.

Try a known good power supply.

AT THIS POINT if nothing works, you either have a bad motherboard, a bad CPU, or bad RAM, or even a combination of those.



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#10
October 29, 2005 at 12:48:47

Hey guys, thanks for the help. It ended up being the cpu. I did try the psu first just for you though angrymen:-D

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#11
November 2, 2005 at 20:50:23

Ok. Now that I've installed the new cpu, the computer will get to the compaq screen, and I can get into the bios, but now I can't boot to the hard drive. I've tried every possible combination of jumper settings, but it still won't boot. It won't even boot to the windows xp os cd either. Is there something I was supposed to do before replacing the cpu? Thanks.

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#12
November 27, 2005 at 20:09:59

So i stumbled across this site in answers for my own computer which decided to just die on me oneday.. It seems I might have the same problem as you did jephph. No beebs, fans, no monitor. Ive tried the suggestions that were on here originally and ive came up to the verdict of faulty cpu. Have you gotten your comp up and running yet? if so..how?

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