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truckcop

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I wanted a new computer for christmas, but not this way. Anyway....

My daughter was installing software for her new MP3 player, and she had trouble with the computer detecting her player. I came onto the scene and noticed the installation program had frozen. 3 finger salute doesn't budge the frozen program so a quick push of the reset button and the machine give one beep for Post, runs through the memory test and detects the 2 hard drives and 2 cd and dvd drives, then just stops with a flashing cursor. I can not do anything with it then. I can hit the delete key and access the bios setup, but I don't see anything wrong there. I have uninstalled and reinstalled all connections, cards and memory sticks that are readily removable. I have tried to set bios to look at the HD first, the cd first, and the floppy first. I am at a bit of a loss as to why this thing just will not get moving into booting, we have been problem free for nearly a year. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

The machine is a P3 1 gig
Asus P3V4x MoBo, with 1 gig PC 133 ram
I have a maxtor and WD hard drives
Windows XP Pro
Asus G400 video

Thanks in advance for your input
 

truckcop

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nope, can't get to safe mode at all. Cant get to a dos prompt, can't do anything after the machine detects the drives
 

JohnWill

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Sounds like something may have died. I'd disconnect the secondary hard disk and see if that's keeping the primary from booting.

Did you reset the BIOS to factory defaults, just to see if something got corrupted?
 
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I suggest unplugging your hard drives, cdroms and all cards for any external devices except for video. Then disable the IDE ports in the bios and try booting off a boot floppy.
 

truckcop

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John, I tried disconnecting secondary with no luck, but not sure how to reset the bios yet, still looking for that information. I have also removed all the hard drives and cd's and tried booting from a windows 98 bot disk, but the machine dosn't even try to look for the disk. just sits there after "PNP Init completed"
 

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That's not a good sign. If it doesn't boot, my guess is something on the MB died.

FWIW, I had an ABIT MB do the exact same thing! I plugged in an MP3 FLASH disk, and the computer rebooted, and hung at the end of the BIOS process. It couldn't find floppies, hard disks, or the RAID array. I had to send it back for replacement, and I'm still using the replacement, it's this machine. Obviously, for reasons I can't imagine, the board failed at that point. I'm suspecting static discharge, but that's only a guess.
 

truckcop

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Well, I fixed it.(y) I disconnected all the drives, disabled all the drives in the Bios, took out all the cards except for video, put in a 2 gig Laptop hard drive that had been formatted but empty, stuck a windows 98 boot disk in and it booted. Then I reinstalled all the original drives one at a time, rebooting after each, then the PCI boards one at a time, rebooting after each. Now I am back to everything back the way it was before, no problems and no idea what i did to fix it other than it is working now. Basically, remove everything that can be removed, then install everything again. Thanks for your suggestions all. Hope your new year is peaceful and without too many glitches.:)
 
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