System won't boot, help diagnose

December 10, 2010 at 06:56:29
Specs: Windows xp, old, ancient pos
Friend gave me his broken computer to try and fix need some help diagnosing.

Computer will power on, I replaced power supply anyway.
No display, just a black screen no detection what so ever. Uses a AGP for video
Lights do turn on,
Disk tray will not open. I was under the assumption that if the disk tray is not openning then the system is freezing on boot?

Like I said above there is no video, can I stick a PCI card in there and see if that will help? Even if the agp slot was damaged wouldn't the system still boot and halt on an error? Still allowing me to open that disk tray?

I am thinking it's the motherboard as the system does not respond at all when I boot?


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#1
December 10, 2010 at 07:43:43
"disk tray is not opening" u can open disk tray with power cable only, if the disk tray isn't opening then psu isn't on or psu is bad or the drive is bad or power cable isn't connected well.
When u start the system do u hear or see fans spinning(cpu or system or psu fan)? List the system specs.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let him who desires piece prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#2
December 10, 2010 at 10:18:35
Yeah all fans spinning even on the cpu seems pretty normal when I open it up,

Don't have specs lol it's an emachine.

Anyone have any idea on how to test the system to see if it's responding without a screen?


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#3
December 10, 2010 at 11:33:34
Disconnect everything except cpu + heatsink, a stick of ram, psu and keyboard then start the system. Do u hear beeps? Try to start the system without ram, now do hear anything? Also try to swap ram.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let him who desires piece prepare for war - PROPHET.


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