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Monitor Blinking Orange Light, Windows/PC wont start up

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by RYU1999, Jan 26, 2008.

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  1. RYU1999

    RYU1999 Thread Starter

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    Hi I made a thread yesterday regarding a minor PC problem I had while trying to install windows XP on my uncles PC the problem was solved thankfully.

    I now have an even bigger problem of my own with my PC.
    I turned my PC on in the evening and the monitor screen was blank and displayed a blinking orange light, the fan does come on. I doubled checked the wires to see if any were loose but everything is inserted correctly.

    What’s weird is the PC that I was installing windows on yesterday was doing the same thing but once you turn it off and turn it back on it would be fine and load windows.
    But my one is not even doing that, there is nothing wrong with the monitor has I have brought it recently and I also checked the PC using my brother’s monitor and the same thing happens.

    Once I finished installing windows on my uncles PC I turned my PC on and watched highlights of a soccer game so it actually was working last night. But I have no clue as to what has happened?
    Can someone please help me?
     
  2. SB305

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    Presumably the green power light shows continuously on the case front?
    Does the red drive activity light come on and flicker as usual?
    Do you hear any beeps from the internal speaker?
     
  3. adamhg69

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    Hi my pc had the same problems a couple of months ago. I found out the problem it was my motherboard. So it could be your problem as well. i replaced my motherboard now it works fine. So I hope that helps you with your problems.
     
  4. bearone2

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    make sure the video card is fully seated in its slot and the connector is secure..

    if the above item doesn't work, try another slot for the card.
     
  5. LordBraska1999

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    well its really only one of 2 possible components. either the moniter is not recieving information from the graphics card or the pc is not transmitting. I disagree with the seating of the graphics card idea only because its happening on 3 different PC's. My question to you is, is it the same moniter that you tried on all 3 pc's or different moniters on all?
     
  6. oshwyn5

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    In my experience when you have a problem with the computer not starting but it does if you press the restart button (sometimes several times) it tends to be a problem with the power supply getting ready to fail or being to weak for the system. There just is not enough juice to power things up from a cold dead start. But if the drives are already spinning, the RAM charged , and fans spinning, then hitting restart and things start over but there is a sufficiently lower power demand so the weak and failing power supply can still make it (Other common symptoms are unexplained errors and shutdowns prompting the user to do a reinstall of windows).

    So , if you have a spare good power supply trying it out would be a first step.

    An alternative method would be to disconnect power from all the unneeded drives (CDROM< DVD , Floppy) case fans (not the heatsink fan) , remove unneeded externals (especially USB devices) and any unnecessary PCI card devices (noting where they came from) and then try to power up. If you get any hint that it is doing better try the reset buttons a few times.

    Note some newer power supplies have internal protection circuitry which can be reset by changing the voltage selector on the back from 120 to 240. Plug in and press the power button, then unplug , switch it back to 120 and plug in and press the power button.
    So try that first.


    http://www.fonerbooks.com/power.htm
    has a good guide to troubleshooting startup issues.
     
  7. RYU1999

    RYU1999 Thread Starter

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    Thank you for all the help people I appreciate it.
    I think you are right the motherboard seems to be the problem. I took it to a PC repair shop and the person said the same thing I want to know how much it cost you to replace the motherboard so I don’t get overcharged. Thank you again.
     
  8. bearone2

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    i wouldn't replace the mb.

    i saw a dell desktop for $299 in sundays paper.
     
  9. adamhg69

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    I didn't have to pay a cent because mine was still under warranty.
     
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