System POST Error

January 17, 2009 at 22:01:41
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP, Intel Pentium II with MMX/512MB
I really need help with my system. This is what happened. My computer was on it's side and kind of fell. The hard disk is at the bottom of the machine (Great thinking IBM)and as I had it on its side, it smacked into a counter and rebooted (possibly from the drive being hit.) Anyways, I picked the system up and waited for it to reboot. Then it worked fine. But then when I rebooted the system, it worked for about a minute, then told me that a Video Card error occured in a BSOD. When I rebooted a third time, It stayed at a flashing prompt. I used WD Drive Diagnostics and wrote zeros to the drive (formatted it). Now I am trying to install Windows 98 SE on it and nothing works. After it POSTs it freezes at a blank prompt. I tried to clear CMOS but it would not work. Please help.

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January 17, 2009 at 22:18:12
The case fell over, you begin to have problems & you think the cause is software related? Check your connections. Make sure all cards are fully seated, same goes for the RAM. And check the cables for the HDD, optical drive, floppy, etc too.

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January 18, 2009 at 08:41:45
I agree with jam.

Same thing happned to me last week.
One of my case fell over and I started to have RAM problems. Due to the impact my ram got loose. Thats probably your problem.

Remove and reinsert all cards and RAM.
That should do the trick.

Once upon a time the floppy disk was king.

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