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Solved: Did I fry my PC?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by matty1stop, Jan 20, 2007.

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  1. matty1stop

    matty1stop Thread Starter

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    I was trying to upgrade an old PC using some RAM I got from a friend. I put in the ram, but then couldn't boot my PC. I assumed it was because the ram was incompatible so I put my old ram back in. Now the machine won't boot at all. The powere comes on, but it doesn't do much else.

    Is it possible that I fried the board booting it with bad ram or short circuited it somehow?

    Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Matt
     
  2. Old Rich

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    More likely that you disconnected something else while you were in there messing with the memory . . go thru and reseat every connection. . It's also possible that the new memory confused the BIOS . . enter BIOS ( Setup ) and reset to defaults to see if it comes back to life
     
  3. matty1stop

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    Thanks for the reply. I will check the connections. Right now I can't even get as far as the bios. The Fan will turn on, the on light comes on and I can get the CD tray to come out so there is power to those, but It doesn't do much more than that.
     
  4. gargoyle189

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    Take the battery out of the motherboard for ten mins while it has no power the bios will reset itself to factory default
     
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    OK I pulled and resest all the SCSI connections and all the power connections except to the motherboard. I wasn't sure how to unplug that and didn't want to force it.

    I pulled the battery and then restarted it, but still no luck. The fan comes on and it beeps 4 times then nothing.

    Any ideas what I can try next?

    Thanks,
    Matt
     
  6. valis

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    are the beeps evenly spaced, or are they short/long combo? Also, what make is your bios?
     
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    They are 4 short evenly spaced beeps. Not sure of the make of the bios. Any way I can tell that from looking at it? The machine is an 8 year old Packard Bell with a PII
     
  8. techy689

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    If your computer is beeping that almost always means there is an error with your memory. Either it is not being read correctly, the memory cards aren't inserted correctly, or the memory cards have gone bad.

    I don't have time to check up on all the threads I write posts on, however if you want any more advice from me specifically, send me a PM.
     
  9. gargoyle189

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    this is most likely memory as s4baz said, take out and reseat the memory, or if there are 2 or 3 sticks try each one indivdually.
     
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    I took the memory out and put it back in. It doesn't beep anymore but still won't boot up.

    Any other ideas?

    Thanks for your patience and the help
     
  11. Rich-M

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    Separate video card and did you bump it when inserting memory?
     
  12. matty1stop

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    I took out the video card and put it back in. No change. I don't think it is just the video that I lost. It usually makes more noise when it boots. Normally it beeps a couple of times and then churns a little. But its not doing that now.

    Just to give you an idea of what I'm working with I included a few pictures of it. (If I did it correctly)
     

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  13. Old Rich

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    The connection most likely to have been disturbed is the main mother board power connection . . the long one just below the memory banks . . there is a little lever on one side that you press to let it come out, then press it back in firmly
     
  14. gargoyle189

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    i noticed its a slot CPU not a socket, try removing the CPU (if you havent already) then reseating firmly back in place, also, i think you already dont this but the motherboard battery may need to be out for a longer period of time with no power going to the system, just unplug the kettle lead from the back and remove the battery, usually 10 mins sorts it but try 20 mins instead.
     
  15. Old Rich

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    Good catch . . it would be easy to unseat the processor also
     
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