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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by confusd2oftn, Feb 14, 2003.

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  1. confusd2oftn

    confusd2oftn Thread Starter

    Feb 14, 2003
    It might have started about a month ago. The computer would just freeze up. CTRL ALT DEL wouldn't work. I always had to hard restart. Reloaded XP. Made no difference. Freezes came more often till...

    Now it won't boot. No video output to the screen. Floppy is dead. Cd & Burner seem to work as does HD. CRT ALT DEL won't restart. Just freezes with no video output and HD light on.

    Tried a different HD and different memory. Tried to boot to rescue floppy. Tried to boot to XP cd. Does the same as above.

    I think the floppy could have been down before this, but I'm not sure. I rarely use it.

    Thanks in advance for any help...
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I sounds like a basic issue with primary system components. First step it to check all connections and reseat all expansion boards. If that fails...

    I'd start by checking power supply voltages if you have a voltmeter. For basic debugging, I like to connect just the P/S, MB, and video board, nothing else except of course, the keyboard. Try to get that running and accessing the BIOS first. Once you get past that stage, you can look into adding in the other stuff.
  3. n2gun


    Mar 3, 2000
    Welcome To TSG

    Are you getting any of the beeps when you try to boot?

    Check to see if the fans are running. Especially the one on the cpu. Also do as John suggested if all the fans are running. If it boots with the bare minimum then add one item at a time. It can be a bad piece of hardware or even a power supply going bad.
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