My computer can't load passed the BIOs page..

November 27, 2009 at 19:50:47
Specs: Windows XP Home SP2, 2046MB RAM, unsure of CPU
Today, I went to turn on my computer, and it wouldn't (and cannot) load after the BIOs screen. I attempted to restart via the button on the my computer, it didn't help. I also turned it off via the 'on' button on the computer, and turned off (and then back on after a few seconds) the switch at the back of my computer. It didn't help. I just got a new video card (since my other one died), so I know it's not that. I have had my computer for about 4 years, or so, and try hard to look after it. I clean it (with a paintbrush and air compressor). Also, my computer can't get into the Boot Menu page (F12). It will start making a noise, like it's trying to load something, but then it fades away soon after and does not move from the BIOs page. When I turn it off, via the 'on' button on my computer, it turns off very quick, as if it has barely anything to shut down. Whereas usually, it will take a few more seconds. I have a feeling that it'll be something to do with the CPU or something... :(

Computer specs:
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs), 2046MB RAM, 250 GB, NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT, Gigabyte MB 965P-DS3.

Let me know if you need any more information to help you with your answers. Thanks in advance.

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November 27, 2009 at 19:56:21
If you've cleaned up the computer completely, check, whether all card are well seated, all cables are plugged in to the drives and the mainboard.

Sounds like the computer is waiting for some hardware initialization and did not get any response from that hardware, known by the BIOS.
In that case, it might take a long time before getting a timeout.

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November 27, 2009 at 20:50:17
"CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs)"

No, it's one CPU with 2 cores.

"I just got a new video card (since my other one died)"
"NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT"

Had it been working or did you just install it? Which card did it replace & what happened to the other card to cause it to die?

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November 27, 2009 at 20:54:20
It's all fixed. The problem? A dodgy CD left in the computer. Once I took it out, it loaded just fine and is running smoothly so far. Thanks for the answers.

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