Computer turns on, but has no picture

Hewlett-packard Pavilion a1330n desktop
October 10, 2009 at 09:00:59
Specs: Windows XP
Short version of the story - I have 2 desktops, one is a piece of garbage at this point and the other is a few years old, a little outdated but still solid for what I'm planning to use it for. I took the hard drive from my old PC and installed it into the "new" one, and then when I tried to start it up I'm not getting any picture, I'm not even hearing system beeps. I've done this sort of thing really more times than I can count, and was sure not to touch any of the other components. It really was as simple as unscrewing the hard drive, unplugging it, and plugging in the new one. I even tried starting up with no HD just to be sure that wasn't the problem, and I still had the same results.

Any ideas what could have happened?

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October 10, 2009 at 10:27:01
The Window installation on the old HDD is configured for the old desktop. Swapping it into a another system with a completely different hardware configuration usually won't work...Windows will have to be reinstalled. A "repair installation" *might* work but it depends on which type of Windows disc you have.

"Any ideas what could have happened?"

If it was working before you swapped the HDD & not afterward, you obviously mucked something up when you were working inside the case.

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