Solved Computer will not boot

October 12, 2011 at 15:44:11
Specs: Windows 2000 Pro.
My older (2000 vintage) desktop will not boot. Usually, there is a short 'beep' just before the keyboard and video are activated. Now, when the computer is started the fans run, the CD player activates (can remove and installed a CD) and it appears the HD is accessed but no 'beep' and no keyboard or video. Just before this problem, I installed a jumper to make a new HD a master. Its possible that, in removing and re-installing the HD, something in the motherboard got tweaked. Tried dusting the motherboard with compressed air to remove any dust and jiggled the boards. I've seen this problem with another older machine before but after some time, it just started working again. Any help would be appreciated - Al

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October 12, 2011 at 22:13:28
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The beep you are used to hearing is the end of the POST (power on self test). If you don't hear the beep, then something went wrong during the test. Make sure all of your connections are seated properly, your ram is seated properly (maybe remove and reinstall). If that doesn't fix it then something might have bit the dust. The last time one of my machines failed POST, it was a fried video card. I disconnected everything, removed all the ram, and reinstalled only one ram module, removed the video card, unplugged everything from the back of the machine except for power, and then the POST succeeded. When I put the video card back in, POST failed. I installed another video card, problem solved.

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