What happened to my computer/CPU failure

January 14, 2011 at 09:45:06
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium D 2.8
So a few days ago these weird colors started popping up on my screen. It looks like someone used the spray tool in paint and sprayed green and purple splotches on my screen. Kind of looked like dead pixels, but they went away after little time. About 3 days after my computer just conked out. I ordered a new CPU right after I saw the weird colors on my screen, guessing it was the CPU because that is the only thing I put in my new computer from my old one. My computer won't start, it beeps a couple times, but there is no input on the monitor or anything. Does this sound like a cpu problem?? Everything else on my computer is new.

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#1
January 14, 2011 at 10:28:46
Could be a CPU problem but lets not jump the gun here. Those beeps you're hearing are called POST codes (Powered On Self Test). Theses codes beep in different [patterns depending on whats failed. Bad RAM is just the same constant beep. I initially would have said something was wrong with your video card (faulty Vid RAM causes funny colors / lines). First step though is to see what those codes mean listen ver carefully and just Google the chipset on your mobo and the Post codes.

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#2
January 14, 2011 at 11:13:05
@Wanamingo

Thanks for the response. I do not know much about computers at all actually, but this is my motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... this is my graphics card, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... I hope its not my gfx because I just bought the sucker! What happens when I start it is that it turns on and beeps once, all fans start spinning including the 2 on my gfx, and my lights turn on, on my power supply and everything. In a matter of like 3 seconds everything just turns off, then it turns back on again and actually starts running for about 6-7 seconds, followed by another beep, then completely turns off for good. Do you know what this may mean?


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#3
January 14, 2011 at 11:14:55
Also, when I did research about the weird colors on my screen, from what I read it told me that it was my graphics card fabricating or something because my processor wasn't giving enough juice to my graphics card. Which hopefully didn't end up just killing my graphics card...

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#4
January 14, 2011 at 13:50:14
Your links are to 86 motherboards & 51 graphics cards. You're going to have to narrow it down a little better than that. So far we no knowing about your system other than you have a crappy Pentium D. We need the make/model of the board, RAM, video card & the PSU (power supply). For whatever reason, people tend to ignore the importance of the PSU,. A cheap no name PSU that supplies unstable voltages can wreak havoc on a system. Post the make, model, wattage & amperage ratings on the +3.3v, +5v & +12v rails.

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