Doesn't load past BIOS screens after trying t

December 11, 2009 at 11:59:20
Specs: Windows XP
Okay, so I got a wireless router last night and I
installed it and everything.

Something then happened with the sound card, so I
tried turning off the computer and making sure it was
plugged in right.

Next thing I know, I turn the computer on and it loads
the screens where it tells me about the OS, GPU, etc
and then just sits there on a black screen.

My OS is XP and this computer is one I built.

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December 11, 2009 at 12:19:45
You sound card did not come lose when checking the connections right or is your sound card built into the motherboard?

Also, does it spinup your CD/ROM drive when booting? It may be unable to see your hard drive. If that is the case then go into your BIOS and double check that your hard drive settings are still set.

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December 11, 2009 at 12:26:50
The sound card is a separate card and I think it came loose
when installing the wireless router PCI card last night.

And I checked and it said that it didn't have the drivers.

So, today, I was going to go download the drivers, but I
wasn't getting a solid connection from my router. I decided to
shut off the computer and move it a little bit closer to here,
my grandparents' house, where the router is, and when I
rebooted, this problem started.

"If that is the case then go into your BIOS and double check
that your hard drive settings are still set."

I'm not sure how to do this or to tell if they have even
changed. And in some ways, the hard drive cable looks
loose but it's been that way.

I'm not sure.

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December 11, 2009 at 13:25:19
You go into your BIOS by either holding the DEL key on boot up or pressing the F2 key. It all depends on the BIOS you are running. There should be a MENU at the bottom of your screen that says what button to press to go into your system setup. If you are new at this, I would suggest you get help from some friend or call the Tech Support for this computer.

Who is the Manufacture of your computer and what is it's model number? You might be able to google this and find instruction on setting up the BIOS for your computer.

The fact that you Sound Card may have come lose while the system was running might have lead to a short which may have damaged your Mother Board. If that is the case and you have probably never replaced a mother board before, I would take it to a repair shop or a friend who has replaced a mother board. I hope this is not the case and that it is simply that your BIOS has lost its settings.

One last thing, have you tried simply removing the new Wireless NIC and rebooting the computer without it?

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December 11, 2009 at 14:12:28
I'll try that, but do you think any of the data on my hard drive is
lost, or is it salvageable?

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December 11, 2009 at 18:34:22
A wireless router is a box that sits on the desktop & is connected to the PC via an ethernet cable. My guess is you're attempting to install a PCI wireless adapter?

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December 11, 2009 at 19:01:30
No telling what might have been jostled loose while you were inside the case. Check that the drive cables are in good condition and firmly attached.

"It was far easier for you as civilized men to behave like barbarians
than it was for them as barbarians to behave like civilized men."

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