E machines W5243 won't boot

Emachines / W5243
May 1, 2009 at 15:26:14
Specs: Windows vista HP, AMD 64
i have an E machines W5243, I've had it for almost a year.
Last night, the modem went dead, so I replaced the modem today.
Now the machine won't boot.

The modem wasn't OEM, it was an aftermarket card I put in when I got the machine, since it didn't come with one.

I took the new modem out, and tried again, but still, nothing. The power button lights up, and I can hear the HDD spin up, but nothing shows on the monitor. I have the monitor running on my laptop right now, so I know it's not the monitor.

Last year, it did the same thing when I tried to install a pci sound card. But that time, when I removed the new card, it booted up fine.

anyone have the foggiest idea what's going on with this piece of feces?

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May 1, 2009 at 16:37:27
Do you get any POST beep when you try to boot?
The fact that a few fans spin and you hear the drive spin means only that the powersupply is putting out some 12v power. It could be that the other rails of the powersupply have failed.
Emachines are notorious for using el-cheapo powersupplies.

Just curious, When you had difficulties with the PCI soundcard did you try it in a different PCI slot?

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May 2, 2009 at 09:26:38
No, I don't get any kind of beep, just like when it happened with the sound card.
No I didn't try another slot, since the modem was already in the other pci slot.

for it to be a power supply problem it would have to be an amazing coincidence for the PS to die just as I put in the new modem.

I have a feeling it's a loose solder joint somewhere in the MOBO. I have a feeling I'm gonna be replacing this piece of junk.

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May 2, 2009 at 14:34:01
here's a head scratcher.

Just for giggles I tried booting the machine this afternoon, and it booted right up. problem was, I had the keyboard plugged into my laptop. when I plugged the keyboard back into the keyboard ps2 socket, and started back up, no video.

I shut down, and swapped it over to the ps2 mouse port, and the puter booted riht up, no problem.

can a bad ps2 port cause the video to not work?
i'm afraid to try putting a modem back in it now LOL

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May 2, 2009 at 21:43:14
Wow that's weird, but I don't think it's impossible. Did you try another keyboard? If so, the PS/2 port or southbridge may be going bad.

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