can a pc not boot because of mother board

August 23, 2014 at 16:58:59
Specs: Windows 7
my computer still wont boot, I've even changed the hard drive. when I power on it says check cable, or insert a bootable disc. I have tried to load windows 7. same message. could there be a missing driver? or is my system destined for the scrap pile. can a pc quit like that?

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#1
August 23, 2014 at 17:44:55
If you changed the hard drive what do you expect the computer to do? Did you install a hard drive from another computer?

Your motherboard is probably OK. The computer is not finding a bootable device.

You may need to change the boot order in the BIOS (setup) to boot to the CD drive first in order to boot to your Windows 7 DVD.


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#2
August 23, 2014 at 18:21:09
OtheHill, thanks for responding. Yes I took A 160 GB HDD out of media player, formatted before removed and inserted in my pc, I did change boot order, tried several disc's, same message.

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#3
August 23, 2014 at 19:22:54
You need a more systematic approach. It is more likely that the power supply is bad (reduced voltage or one or more voltages (3.3V, 5V, 12V) are not working or are out of the acceptable range). This does not mean that the power supply IS bad, just that it is more likely.
A media player most likely will use a different formatting type so that the formatting needs to be done through the Windows install Disk via the Custom/Format options.
Cable unplugged could refer to many things such as a cable not properly inserted, a bad cable (signal or power), or lower than normal voltage to a drive or main circuit.
Was this machine working recently?
What event happened just prior to it not working?
Have you recently performed a physical cleaning, upgraded hardware, or even opened the case for any reason?
Did it fail while using it or was it when you turned it on? Was it in storage for a while (months, years, etc)?
Please answer these questions, include any recent problems (even if they were 'fixed') and include system information for us to better help you.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
August 23, 2014 at 21:11:58
Fingers, thanks for the response. remember me, I tried "SeaTool" It couldn't test my hard drive because I guessed it was bad. now I put in a different hard drive. Is it a different problem? Maybe not. Motherboard problem? Voltage, nah, it's the same on battery. Media player, Archos 5" internet tablet, not useful to me, I kept the hard drive. It should work, the plugs look the same. If only this acer aspire one 10.1 pc would boot to something. I'm trying to install win 7 on a external hard drive to see if it will boot from it, but that too seems to be over my head. Many sites with info as to how, none have worked yet.

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#5
August 23, 2014 at 23:02:57
From what you have said so far, you haven't installed an operating systemo on the new hard drive, and you don't mention trying to boot from a DVD or USB stick. So what do you expect to happen?

Perhaps you should tell us exactly what you have tried so far.


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#6
September 3, 2014 at 18:39:51


I took A 160 GB HDD out of an old media player, formatted before removed and inserted in my pc, I changed the boot order,I tried installing several disc's, same message. I then put my 250 GB hard drive into a borrowed computer, used eRecovery disc's, installed win7. It booted fine. I put it back into my computer. Nothing, locked at the load screen. Don't know if its RAM or CPU problem. Tried Seatool, no luck, it wouldn't complete any tests. I'm working on new suggestion. memtest86. not successful yet. Thanks for your criticism. " So what do you expect to happen" just what I need. THANKS


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#7
September 3, 2014 at 20:26:46
Memtest86 relies only on MB, CPU, Keyboard, and a little bit of the memory to run. If it does not run, it cannot be the hard drive, it is either the memory, motherboard, BIOS, or power (power supply if desktop, main battery and/or power cord). Try it again with only one stick of memory installed. Try it again with the other one installed. Try cleaning the metal contacts on the memory with a soft clean pencil eraser, it a desktop, pop the memory in and out 4 or 5 times to burnish the contacts (laptops, memory do not typically rub the contacts on the socket on inserting so little use in doing it there). If either stick completes the tests but the other one does not, replace the pair with a matched set.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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