PC Not Booting

Gigabyte / M52l-s3
July 6, 2010 at 07:20:42
Specs: Windows XP Pro 32b SP3, A64 x2 3,2GHz/4GB DDR2
My other PC cannot boot ; here's the configuration

AMD Athlon XP 2000+ 1.67 GHz
640MB 266MHz DDR RAM
Powercolor X1650 256MB DDR2
60GB Maxtor DiamondMax 9 IDE
Soltek SL-75FRV, VIA KT400 chipset
Cheapo Codegen 400W PSU

The computer wont boot - doesn't show any
image at all.

From 'cold boot' it starts but doesn't reproduce the usual 'beep', and then turns off.

When I turn it on again - it turns itself off for less than 10 seconds - every time less - seems like an overheating issue to me. But it responds to the power button only after replugging it.

The newest hardware component is the graphics card.

Btw. It sometimes beeped like an error but it doesn't do that anymore.If it beeps again I will post the number of beeps reproduced.

I don't have the manual as it is a second-hand PC.

Ignore the CPU/RAM bar.

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July 6, 2010 at 13:02:42
See web pages on how to test power supply.

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July 6, 2010 at 13:18:27
Ignore the CPU/RAM bar”, what does that even mean?

Here’s the BIG question: What were doing to it to make it
stop booting (ha ha, if anything)?

User/Service Manuals can usually be downloaded from the Mfgr’s & MOBO websites, might take a tad bit of effort

+ I'd open the machine and look at the motherboard 1st and look for bad capacitors.


+ Note & record any LED and power lights and beep codes when you are trying to start it. Also note if your fans (CPU, case and Power supply fans) are turning.

+ Try to get into the BIOS if you can, dig around in the menus to see if any hardware devices are missing or unconfigured.

+ Test Power supply, or try new replacement PSU.

+ Check the CMOS battery to see if it’s good (system should usually boot though with a bad battery).

+ Unplug from power cables (or pull out if applicable) all peripherals from the motherboard: HDDs, RAM, Video cards,
PCI cards etc.

+ Clean system from dust & debris, slots, fans, & especially from CPU heat sink & fan (if needed).

+ Attach a monitor, keyboard & mouse, then test boot. Note LED lights & beep codes (you should get a no RAM present beep code with no RAM in system).

+ Add in one component at a time starting w/ RAM, then test boot with each component you add.

Just another stupid saying...

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July 7, 2010 at 07:03:45
-1.By itself.

0.The manufacturer's website is down. Forever.

1. The guy who sold me the PC said he fixed bad capacitors - and there are no bad capacitors on the board...

2.Fans are spinning.

3.Can't get to the bios.


5.It's good.

6.I'll try that.

7.I did.

8.I'll try that.

9.I'll try that.

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July 7, 2010 at 07:22:10
Throwed in my old MX440 - and guess what!

NO,it doesn't work like a charm.

It beeps the same way it sometimes did with the x1650.

2 fast beeps and then 6,7 or 8 normal beeps.

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July 7, 2010 at 12:24:02
Website down forever? Whaddya mean? The manual *.pdf seems to be downloading, though very slow:

Manual, pg 85

Beep codes:

The following Award BIOS beep code descriptions may help you identify possible computer problems.
(For reference only.)
1 short: System boots successfully
2 short: CMOS setting error
1 long, 1 short: Memory or motherboard error
1 long, 2 short: Monitor or graphics card error
1 long, 3 short: Keyboard error
1 long, 9 short: BIOS ROM error
Continuous long beeps: Graphics card not inserted properly
Continuous short beeps: Power error

How to test a PSU:



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July 10, 2010 at 01:21:14
I said the MBO was Soltek SL75-FRV. I wrote this in a hurry and forgot to change the product.

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July 10, 2010 at 10:09:14
Guess you're "SOL" with Soltek then:

Just another stupid saying...

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July 12, 2010 at 07:13:00
yeh, I know.

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