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Solved: POSTS but doesn't boot

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  1. jp1203

    jp1203 Thread Starter

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    Hi All-

    Someone just gave my five older machines, and I want to get at least a couple to work. I have one that I know will work fine (A P4 HP from about two years ago) as soon as I give it a power supply and a little more RAM.

    But of the other four I've got two celeron HPs, circa 2000-2001, and two custom builts.

    The two HPs just light all three front lights and the PSU fan spins slowly, when you hit the power button a light turns green while you're holding it, then it goes right back to where it was. I'm assuming dead mobo on the both, so I'll probably hack all the parts out of them and toss em. 1. Can anyone confirm that that's probably the MoBo?


    One of the custom builts will POST, I can get into the BIOS and successfully change any setting I want, but I can't get it to boot to anything, no matter what the boot sequence.

    The HDD on it has a copy of 2k on it, I know that much, but it acts like it's booting (faint ticking, HDD activity light flashing, etc but all I get on the monitor is a flashing line and eventually the ticking and activity goes away.

    Same with a cd (tried several drives and an Ubuntu, 2000, 98SE, and XP disk), flashing line and it'll rev up the drive and flash active, but never move on and eventually it will stop trying.

    Same with a floppy as well



    2. Why would this be? I yanked the CMOS batty to reset it to default but it still does the same thing.

    Any ideas?


    Thanks,

    Joe
     
  2. malm123

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    wow thats alot of problems. i would say either try running a hard drive test on the one with the booting problem, or try to reinstall windows on it. ( testing the hard drive would be better to do first, use linux's UBCD and the VIVARD tool for that one: http://ubcd.sourceforge.net/download.html ) download the .ISO and burn it with power ISO onto a CD and boot from it.
     
  3. jp1203

    jp1203 Thread Starter

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    Problem is, I wouldn't be able to do any of that because it won't boot from anything at all, so if I were to burn that HDD test CD, it wouldn't boot from that anyway. I fully intend to reinstall Windows (That's the very first thing I'm going to do), but it won't boot to a CD or a floppy to launch the windows cd manually.
     
  4. malm123

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    probably a mobo thing then, mabye try swapping out the ram / cpu with another set from your pile? sometuimes they post when they dont work fully, ( i have had so many problems installing windows in the shop on systems with bad ram, you wouldnt beleive it )
     
  5. jp1203

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    actually, I've finally got it, didn't like the NIC so much, swapped that out and it started the XP setup nicely,

    Thanks,

    Joe
     
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