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Computer power up, doesn't boot

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Nooblah, Sep 3, 2006.

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  1. Nooblah

    Nooblah Thread Starter

    Apr 2, 2004
    Hey everyone,

    My computer powers up, but nothing happen from there. The screen stays blank.

    I took a look around and everything seems to be connected correctly. However, the CPU is stuck to the bottom of the CPU Cooler (Not sure of this is normal, or if the CPU has overheated and melted).

    I've tried switching RAM, so that's not the problem.

    Does anyone have any ideas what it could be? Also is it normal for the CPU to be stuck to the top of the cooler?
  2. pshnfry


    Sep 18, 2005
    Yes, the heatsink/fan assembly can be "stuck" to the top of the cpu by heat transfer compounds.

    Re non booting, do you have any more detail, such as odd things which may have been happening prior to the pc failing to start. Also, confirm nothing is appearing at all on the screen - no post text. Has anything been changed prior to this happening.
  3. norton850


    Mar 8, 2004
    With time either a thermal pad or paste might require some pressure to separate the heat sink and CPU. However, quality paste usually allows fairly easy separation. We'll keep this in mind as a potential problem, but most likely it's something else.

    The easy steps are reseat the RAM (you've tried different RAM so this step's done), reseat the video card, and check the monitor connection (if this is the problem the monitor should be indicating no signal).

    What's next. Trial and error really. Power supply always ranks high on the list. You should at least try another monitor (low on the list). Could also be video card, MB, CPU.

    One trouble shooting method is to remove everything (all cards, drives) and try to boot up only with the video card/monitor, CPU/HS/fan, one stick RAM.
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