Re: Desktop froze, now will not Boot
- From: Johnny B Good <jcs.computersbutt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 13:49:12 +0100
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from "SteveH" <steve.houghREMOVE@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> contains these words:
I built a desktop about 18 months ago. It has worked great until now.
I play knight online and I left it on all night in merchant mode to
make money$. In the morning I left it on doing homework/surfing the
net. I probably had Microsoft Word open plus 3 internet browser
windows open and I started to watch a video on YouTube. The video
froze, then my computer froze. It wouldn't restart so I shut it off.
I press the power button and everything powers up (including the
graphics card fan,) I think I can hear the hard drives start too. It
just stays powered but no boot up. The monitor detects no signal.
Just as a test I switched to a video card I knew was working (I
upgraded not long ago) and nothing changed.
I thought maybe I wore out the 1GB memory with heavy use the past
year, and considering I left a game on all night. I think that is how
a system works with bad RAM. I don't know how to tell if it is the
MoBo, the power runs through the MoBo I know that. I would assume if
it was the graphics card my old one would work.
Should I just buy some more RAM and see if it works?
Is there a cheaper way of testing RAM without buying more?
MSI p4N SLI Mother Board
3.0Ghz P4 CPU
1GB Kingston RAM
Antec 550w TruePower Trio PSU
ATI Radeon x1800xt 256mb Graphics Card
2 Maxtor 120gb SATA Hard drives Stripe Raid
Thanks for your input!
If it's not booting and there are no error beeps at startup, its
be the memory, which incidentally you won't have 'worn out' just by using
Try booting it without the memory and see if you get error beeps then
(assuming you have the case speaker/buzzer connected). If not, then it's
almost certainly not the memory.
Try resetting the CMOS, if that doesn't work and there's still no error
beeps then I would start suspecting the mobo or CPU as you say it's
up but not booting.
Another thing worth trying is to 'reseat' the bios chip (assuming it's
in a socket). I've definitely seen problems due to bad socket contact
for the smd style of bios flash rom chip, typically fitted to 'modern'
The earlier MoBos used to employ the classic 32 pin DIL style of chip
(either soldered or socketed), which, when socketed, were easier to
reseat using a small screwdriver to prise them up enough to push them
back in to get the pins to slide in and out of the socket, thus clearing
any bad contacts.
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