Desktop PC wont boot or allow XP reinstall

Emachines T3265 desktop
October 8, 2011 at 10:38:06
Specs: Windows xp
emachines t3065 won't boot or allow re install, I opened the little "watch" type battery and pressed the power on button to release "over charge" still nothing.

The keyboard stopped lighting up, Monitor came on with Windows logo, but not even that now, Monitor says "No Connection, although all wires etc. are plugged in.

Money is an issue, so I have to do this myself.

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October 8, 2011 at 20:28:56
You need to test hardware first if you cannot reinstall (usually reinstall would be the last thing).
Run Memtest86 to test for bad memory. This boots to CD and runs outside of Windows and does not access the hard drive so it will also tell you your motherboard is probably OK if it runs. If any errors, rerun with one stick of memory at a time to identify the problem one.
Run hard drive utility for your hard drive by downloading from the hard drive mfg's website (open to look at the brand) and burn bootable CD like Memtest. This will test your hard drive for problems and possibly repair errors if minor.
If neither test will run then you are looking probably at a power supply problem or a motherboard problem. You can do a visual check on your motherboard to see if you have and burnt or bulging capacitors or other visible signs of problems. If there is any problems bad enough you can see, then the board needs replacing.
You may be able to borrow a power supply, or a local computer store may let you return the power supply you purchase if it does not 'fix' the problem. This would save you from having to purchase a digital multimeter to see if your outputs are all sufficient, if you can get that promise of being able to return it if you do not need it.

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

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