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No signal to monitor following Power surge error

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Indy7, Jan 22, 2013.

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  1. Indy7

    Indy7 Thread Starter

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    Hello 1st post here
    so right to it
    I have a little problem now that I may have started when blowing out my PC with the airhose to remove the dustbunnies as I do every few months
    afterward it wouldn't boot up, but did after a few tries--only the fan came on very fast & loud. Eventually it slowed to normal
    within a few weeks an error box popped up and never left saying

    POWER SURGE AT USB HUB PORT [a USB device has exceeeded its power limit]

    I saw the couple of posts regarding this error here and a few elsewhere---and tried what I could---turning off the ports in the device manager---but turning off one left them all off and I had no interface!
    I found an old direct plug-in keyboard and got going again
    but still the error
    trying to plug into the USB ports other than the mouse killed the CPU
    unplugging and waiting I got the thing to boot after a number of tries
    still the error box!
    I tried to find a short in the USB slots
    I tried removing and re-seating my boards
    after that It wont fire up!
    seems to start to---but no signal to monitor or mouse--then an alarm sounds! A long pulse from the tower itself--5 blasts and no function after repeated tries

    who knows how to fix this?
    ????

    help appreciated!
    Indy
     
  2. dai

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    check the bios error code here

    www.bioscentral.com

    what are you running
    video card brand and model
    cpu
    m/board
    ram
    power supply
    brand
    model
    wattage

    check the listings in the bios for 12v line voltages and temperatures and post them
     
  3. Indy7

    Indy7 Thread Starter

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    Hello Dai
    Thanks for the reply---just now got back to the keyboard

    www.bioscentral.com looks very helpful
    but I dont see any of the listed Intel motherboards #'s on my Intel mb
    also I didnt find the 6 long beeps Im getting listed in the beep codes

    Im not a complete nuphty but computers are not my 'thing' either
    so I need to go looking for these answers

    what are you running----
    video card brand and model----Radeon 9250
    ---cpu---
    m/board ----Intel marked w/ E210882 & Dell REV.A00
    ram----Dont recall & dont have access to this data
    power supply ----wall outlet?
    brand----Dell custom PC running Window XP professional
    model
    wattage

    check the listings in the bios for 12v line voltages and temperatures and post them

    see what else I can find---thanks again

    Indy
     
  4. dai

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    you look under dell not intel

    for the power supply you take the side off the computer case and look at the label on the side of the power supply
     
  5. w_tom

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    Five beeps from the motherboard means the BIOS executed, found a CPU problem, and halted. That means it did not even look at memory, did not setup video, did not view any peripherals (ie disk drive), and did not even view any temperature sensors. And most definitely did not even try to load Windows.

    You have now learned why blowing dust out can be more destructive than helpful. Now, one example of many possible reasons for failure. A metal fragment was first lodged on a USB interface trace. And later became lodged elsewhere - maybe under those tiny IC pins. Get a magnifying eyepiece to find that fragment.

    Well, that is only one possible reason. But this is known without doubt. Your problem involves the motherboard and what changed to cause that failure. Start with that mistake to then locate what would have changed motherboard behavior.
     
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