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Icon 5 posted December 21, 2008 10:57      Profile for reessm01     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hey, I'd appreciate some tech savvy advice on what to do about my desktop computer.

1. Hardware is all compatible
2. Connections (appear to be connected)
3. Computer lights/fans turn on upon pushing power button
4. Computer does not boot up

At first I thought possibly it was my processor going bad as it was freezing after startup and fail to completely boot up, also when I was reformatting it would freeze unless I did the fast version of formatting.

I replaced the processor with one that is compatible for sure and I'm still having the same problem. It turns on all the lights and fans, but does not boot up. The monitor is connected. I've tried to rid of all small possibilities as much as possible, the computer is getting power.

The last thing I did that caused this (with old processor) was change the clock speed of the processor in bios from 300Mhz to 600Mhz, I'm not sure if this could be the cause and if it is how to change it.

Any ideas or further questions that could help diagnose my problem here?

Thank you.

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Icon 1 posted December 21, 2008 11:17      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thank you for calling Smell tech support, calls may be recorded for quality-assurance purposes. [evil]

Here's a list of questions you can answer that may help us help you better:

1) Does it finish POST? That is to say, when you power it up do you get a nice, single, short "beep" followed by the BIOS display? If not, are you getting any beeping patterns (i.e. 1 short, 5 long)?

2) Do the fans/drives all spin up? You said the fans do, but what about the drives?

3) Is your video card built into the motherboard or attached via PCI/AGP/PCI-E? And what is (if anything) displayed on the monitor?

4) When you replaced the processor with a known-good processor, you remembered to remount the heatsink and put nice, new, clean, fresh heatsink paste on it, right?

Based on what you've already said, I'd say you have bad RAM or a burned out CPU.

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Icon 1 posted December 21, 2008 14:50      Profile for macmcseboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
/me hand over a 20lb sledgehammer.

Have at her.

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Icon 1 posted December 21, 2008 15:47      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____________________ reessm01 __ Does the light in the CDrom drive light up and or flash, does the light for the floppy drive light up or flash, If your Hard drive has an access light does it light up or flash? If the answer to all of these is NO you have problems. What about the clock battery? A dead clock battery can cause a host of problems.

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Icon 1 posted December 22, 2008 02:26      Profile for AntonTakk   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
if the last thing you did before the system stopped working was to change cpu settings in the bios, i'd recommend you get familiar with the cmos clearing jumper on your motherboard

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Icon 2 posted December 25, 2008 04:09      Profile for The real Stealth   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Get a POST card and call back with the Post code.

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