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No start issue...sometimes

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lstbelever, Feb 7, 2005.

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  1. lstbelever

    lstbelever Thread Starter

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    Hi there,
    I have done a bunch of tests using the tips from a search of previous posts but I still can't seem to pin-point the issue. Here's what happens:

    Hit the power button, Lights come on (over the power button) and stay orange, DVD-RW and DVD drives all light up, floppy lights up (stays lit unless I unplug it), hard drive is spinning, all fans including CPU fan is/are spinning monitor light stays orange (sometimes flashes green for a split second then back to orange). Somtimes...computer will boot normal, lights flash and turn to green like normal then when screen comes up it says something about a CMOS error, Press F1 to continue (if you choose this Windows boots normal) or DEL to enter setup.
    What I have done:
    Replaced CMOS battery (nothing)
    -Unplugged all PCI cards and drives to try booting with just Powersupply,
    Mobo, CPU, AGP video card (nothing)
    -Unplugged just floppy drive to boot (nothing)
    -Removed RAM (only have one stick) and reseated along with all plugs
    (nothing)
    -Removed video card and reseated (nothing).

    System is an old OEM box from CompUSA BTO, WIN 98SE, Voodoo 5500 card, one 256 RAM stick, TDK DVD-RW, DVD drive that came with it, floppy, network and firewire PCI cards. All upgrades were done a while ago and have worked fine for a long time before problem started.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
    --Nate

    Irony is...using my new Mac Powerbook to ask for help fixing my PC (it's my old warhorse and I just can't let it die).
     
  2. SacsTC

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    Hit delete and enter setup, set bios defaults, check time and date settings, (correct if necessary). Set plug and play OS to NO. Save and exit. That should remove the CMOS error. As for the light on the floppy staying on after the machine boots, that normally means that the cable is reversed on one end or the other.
     
  3. lstbelever

    lstbelever Thread Starter

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    thanks..I will definitely follow those steps once it boots up, but right now it hasn't started in probably 20-30 tries and counting, any ideas for that?
     
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