old PC doesn't turn on

November 12, 2012 at 23:06:38
Specs: Windows XP , pentium 4 /1GB
I am in the process of repairing some old PC that's not working as part of my job as a IT assistant. I have an old PC with the following hard wares attached to it.

Maxter 40GB HDD
1GB transcend RAM
Gigabyte GA k8vm800m motherboard
I think it's running a intel celeron or pentium 4 chip

The problem I get when I turn on the PC is nothing comes to the monitor. No Bios setting can be accessed because it doesn't allow me to choose any options. There is nothing wrong with the monitor because I try connecting it to couple of alternative PC monitors. Please help me how to proceed.

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November 12, 2012 at 23:38:16
If there is nothing on the screen at all, and you have the monitor connected correctly then you need to try putting in a separate graphics card as it looks as if there is a problem with the motherboard itself. If you still get no video output from the add-in card then it's uneconomic to replace the motherboard so scrapping it is the only real option.

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November 13, 2012 at 01:07:43
Do you get any signs of life? Do the fans and disks spin? Do the LEDs light up, and does the hard drive LED indicate access to the drive as it boots up?

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November 13, 2012 at 02:15:10
Entirely possible the CPU has failed. Simple test. Pull out the ram. Try to boot up. Do you get any BIOS beeps? If YES then the CPU is working. If NO then you have either CPU, Powersupply or motherboard failure.

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November 13, 2012 at 03:43:09
Hi Chami, always go for the simple things first.

before getting too deep, carry out Ijack's checks first.

Presuming this is a desktop, I would check the psu fan is operating first.

Please advise back on progress.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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November 13, 2012 at 04:56:40
If no signs of life then I suggest you start by re-seating all cables, cards, RAM. Snap the RAM modules in and out 4 or 5 times each to burnish the contacts.

If the power supply has an On/Off switch, verify it is set to On.

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November 13, 2012 at 19:56:49
Thank you all for the inputs. Here are some observations that I have made.
1.The fans get running as soon as I switch on.
2.No beep sounds can be heard at all.
3.I have re seated the RAM once or twice to no avail.
4.Power supply doesn't have a on/off switch
5.Hard drive LED indicates it reads something.

Please advise before I could discard the PC. It would be a great help if I could get this fixed though.

Thanks again.

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November 13, 2012 at 22:32:41
Are you using any adapters to connect a monitor to the tower?

Is there an added in graphics card installed?

If there is a graphics card installed then try removing it. Connect a monitor to the only remaining video port. Preferably using a CRT type monitor. Clear the CMOS by removing the CMOS battery and replacing it while the computer is unplugged from the wall. Also, depress the stat button a couple of times while the computer is unplugged. Then plug in the computer and try to boot.

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