Not starting. Not doing anything..

February 24, 2009 at 17:34:29
Specs: Windows XP
Ok. When browsing the net, the screen goes all goofy, diagonal lines, scrambled images, crap like that. At first the machine shut itself off, and when rebooted it ran well for a while and repeated the process. Now the machine will not start. No image, nothing but the fan running. NO BEEPS.

Suggestions would be appreciated. Thinking about recyling....


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#1
February 24, 2009 at 19:49:10
Remove all the RAM and then plug in and turn on. Do you get a continuous beep then?

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#2
February 25, 2009 at 20:11:29
Ok. Novice here. I have the case open. What does the ram look like. I see a card. the cooling fan, which needed cleaning,
RAM??? not sure what that looks like. Is it that card I am looking at.

Thanks

Sorry for being a novice.


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#3
February 25, 2009 at 20:16:55
It looks like this:

http://www.upgradecomputermemory.co...

Make sure the system is off and unplugged before messing around. Also touch the metal chassis first before working as well. Push the plastics clips away from the RAM in the opposite direction, grab the RAM from the sides and pull up.

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#4
February 26, 2009 at 16:36:48
Still nothing. Any other ideas??? Thanks. Fan Runs none stop.

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#5
February 26, 2009 at 16:47:13
Did it use to beep once when starting up?

You probably need a new PC, but here are some things to try...

Remove the CMOS battery (which looks like a button battery on the motherboard), leave it out for a minute, then put it back in.

Remove all PCI cards except the video card and try to boot again. If you haven't messed around the inside of a PC before, this can get tricky. Check this video out if you're not sure:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0pG...

Make sure the video card is pushed in the slot all the way.

Without RAM installed, you should get a continuous beep from the internal speaker.

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#6
February 26, 2009 at 17:32:36
Nothing. Just the fan.

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#7
February 26, 2009 at 17:39:37
Ok now remove the video card and disconnect the hard drives and optical drives as well (meant to mention the hard drives). If you still don't get any beeps, your problem is either the CPU, motherboard, or power supply.

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#8
February 26, 2009 at 19:02:08
ok. It might take sometime. I need to locate all that. Remember Novice here.

Thanks


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#9
February 26, 2009 at 19:14:53
ok. still nothing. betting it is dead.

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#10
February 26, 2009 at 20:02:03
Yeah me too. The problem is the least likely to be the processor, although not completely out of the question. Power supply problems on the other hand are very common, and may not be supplying enough power to the system to initialize everything.

So you removed the video card and still no sign of life except the fans? If so, we've narrowed it down to 2 things, motherboard or power supply.

What brand/model PC is this?

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#11
February 27, 2009 at 04:43:25
eMachines W3107 Desktop PC

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#12
February 27, 2009 at 14:05:03
Haha that explains it. Emachines have Bestec power supplies in them. These power supplies are known to fail. And when they do fail, they usually take the motherboard with it, although not in every case.

I'm sure it's your power supply.

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#13
February 28, 2009 at 12:28:37
I had the same thing happen to me a few years ago. My computer one day just would not turn on. I went to a computer technician and he told me that my power supply was fried along with my motherboard.

The reason it happened was because I never turned off the computer. I ran 24 hours a day for a few weeks.

How long do you keep your computer on and is the back of it dusty? The reason may have been because there was not enough air flow and the power supply fried.

Since you are a novice in the computer tech, the easiest thing may be for you to do is to buy a new computer. It might actually be cheaper to buy a new computer than to buy the power supply and the motherboard and if anything else that might have fried in the computer.

If you are up to the challenge to replace it your self, just post and we will post back on directions and which hardware is compatible. I sure there are plenty of videos out there will show you exactly how to install different parts in the computer, but you need to know which one will be compatible.

That is where we come in.



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#14
February 28, 2009 at 17:10:46
I think I will get another machine. My Dell precision M65 Laptop is currently taking up the slack. Thanks for the adivce and help.

The only thin g I want to get off the old machine is the harddrive. We have a lot of family pics and stuff on that. I think I should be able to tak ethat and put it into an external and get it all off.


Thanks again.


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