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Solved: Computer died...need diagnosing help

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by inferno9898, Jul 9, 2007.

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  1. inferno9898

    inferno9898 Thread Starter

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    Hey everyone. New to the forums. Haven't needed any help on PC hardware since I built this box 5 years ago...but it just died.

    Asus P4B533 Motherboard - Intel 845E chipset (I think)
    Can't remember the specifics of the video card, but it is an AGP Nvidia GeForce card.

    Anyway, I'm going to be very specific here just trying to get the best advice.

    Went to wake the monitor up one morning after it had been on all night. No power to my optical mouse and monitor said no signal. Monitor had power. Power LED on the box was on, but I couldn't hear any fans.

    Turned power off and then on, got fans, but still no power to mouse and no signal to monitor. No POST.

    First step was to open the box and re-seat and clean everything. It was DIRTY. I reseated the RAM and CPU and VGA card. (CPU actually came off with the heatsink. Was stuck to the underside. Probably not good.)

    Tried to power up again, no POST. Took out the graphics card, POST beeped. Put the card back in, got a POST again. Still no video though. Fan on graphics card not spinning.

    Ordered a new power supply, thinking it was the cheapest first attempt. No changes with the new power supply, although I notice that the USB mouse now gets power. Not sure when that change occurred. VGA card fan still doesn't spin.

    So basically, I'm not sure how to diagnose this as a motherboard malfunction vs. video card. I don't have any other machines to test the parts in, which is killing me now. No onboard video on my motherboard.

    Anyone have any ideas? Other tests I can do? I have a laptop, any way that could help me?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Rich-M

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    Can you hear the hard drive? If lights and fans are working it sounds like you video card needs replacing.
     
  3. kryptonite1055

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    I would start with the video card simply b/c you can see something is not working properly with it.
     
  4. inferno9898

    inferno9898 Thread Starter

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    Hard drives power up. I'm pretty convinced it is the video card. Just going to have to find a cheap one to test it out since I don't have any extra equipment or machines lying around.

    Just updates on my situation in case people search to this thread:

    Video card in place: No POST beeps
    No video card: One POST beep (correct)
    Remove RAM: Continuous beep loop (No RAM error)

    This leads me to believe that the motherboard is good...and the video card is bad.
     
  5. ~Candy~

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    My vote would be on the video card as well at this point.
     
  6. Rich-M

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    It's unanimous (now let's hope we are right.)
     
  7. ~Candy~

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    Well, if "WE" aren't --- we know who will be :D :D
     
  8. inferno9898

    inferno9898 Thread Starter

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    It was the video card. Thanks for your help everyone.
     
  9. ~Candy~

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    Thanks for the follow-up (y) You can mark the thread solved using the THREAD TOOLS drop down menu.
     
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