XP not working on old & used Fujitsu Siemans desktop tower

June 9, 2013 at 08:35:09
Specs: windows xp
I have been given an old desk top tower All i got is a blank screen on the monitor. The tower light is on and the fan is running. when i switch off and back on the icon of fujitsu come up and then gone in a blink. This is the make,
Fujitsu Siemans Computer, microsoft windows xp professional, version 2002, service pack 3.

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June 9, 2013 at 10:49:02
Are you sure that you have been given everything? Hard drive might have been taken out by previous owner. Did you check the bios settings to check if the system sees a hard drive & that it is enable. Mine has two areas. One has a area for a primary drive set to auto, and a boot area setting for enabling the hard drive to boot. If bios doesn't detect a hard drive, you might want to visually confirm that the hard drive is or isn't in the tower. It might just have the power, and or data cable unhooked or loose. If hard drive is there, and wiring checks out, hard drive might have been formated and no operating system was reinstalled. Usually when the bios doesn't detect a bootable drive you should see a message on the screen "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter"

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June 9, 2013 at 13:12:04
Yeah, I think you'd be getting some kind of error message is the problem was associated with the hard drive.

Does it give you enough time to get into cmos/bios setup?

It's possible but not likely it's booting into windows but there's a video setting the monitor can't handle. As soon as you turn it on start tapping F8. If the boot menu comes up then go into safe mode and change the display properties to something basic, maybe 800 x 600, save and reboot.

If you don't get the boot menu then the problem is likely with the motherboard, power supply or both. If you can, swap in a known working compatible power supply and see if that makes a difference.

While you're inside the case, as Trek suggests, check that all connections are tight, check that any added cards are firmly installed, remove and reseat the memory and check that the cpu heatsink is properly attached.

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