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PC Won't start up!!!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Lonz, 29 Jan 2006.

  1. Lonz

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    OK, I went to a friends house for a LAN and had to take my PC with me. When I got it there, it wouldn't boot up correctly, it would reach the Detecting IDE drives, detect them, then go to a blank screen. After a few reboots the PC started up as normal eventually for some strange reason and didn't have other problems with it during the night.

    However, when I brought it home, I had another problem. I wire everything up again, then hit the boot button. Then all the components light up but then the motherboard speaker starts beeping continuously at 1 second intervals. The only way to shut it up is to give it a bash and/or switch it off.

    I can't help but think its my RAM that is causing the problem, which I taken out and replaced in the same slots to double check for lose connections. But when on boot up, they merely have the middle orange light on, then go all on as if everything was OK, then go down to just the one green light.

    If I do the slightest change, like take all the power off, remove a RAM chip then put it back in again, I seem to get a different boot up each time. Sometimes I have got the BIOS screen and managed to reset the BIOS, and even got it to run safe mode. But when safe mode started running, the system hung and I had to reboot.

    Any help on why my PC is doing this and what I can do to fix it would be fantastic

    Thanks
    Alex

    p.s. my system spec:

    AMD 3800+ w/. Asus Star ice
    2x 1GB Corsair XMS3200 CL2
    ATI 256MB X850XT PE
    Asus SLi-Deluxe Motherboard
     
  2. Broon

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    Any idea what your BIOS is?

    Phoenix, AMI ect?
     
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  3. Lonz

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    Phoenix if I remember rightly
     
  4. Broon

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    have a look here.
    It's got a list of pheonix beep codes and what they mean.

    Try here aswell.
     
  5. Lonz

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    Hmmmm it seems that my graphics card power cable was slightly lose. However, when I put the case panel back on, I pulled it out again while windows was loading. Now it won't bot up again :( Is my GFX card dead?
     
  6. kbc

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    Odd... could it be that when moving your PC about, one of the hardware components became damaged. Before resulting to drastic measures, are you saying that you can now never boot into Windows?
     
  7. Lonz

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    kbc, I can now not see anything. It seems that the PC prefers to boot without the graphics card in.

    With the graphics card in, the onemiddle RAM light comes on on each RAM stick and then just goes off with the PC not taking any further action :(
     
  8. Rob43

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    you may want to run Memtest to check the memory,that will tell you if it's the ram.Is the card getting power,fan spinning ?

    Have you tried booting with just one stick of ram at a time(one may be faulty)

    Rob
     
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  9. Lonz

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    Its 99.9% the graphics card at fault now. The fan is spinning etc. But with the graphics card in, the RAM doesn't seem to want to play game. If i take the graphics card out, the RAM lights exactly as I would expect it to on a normal startup.
     
  10. kbc

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    Hmm... that's odd... but have you verified this by again either test boot your system with the onboard video or with another video card?
     
  11. Lonz

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    I don't have another PCI-E video card unfortunately.

    After a few reboots, 1/10 times I get to the Windows login screen, but all of the USB devices fail to respond. Like the keyboard and mouse etc. This thing seems to have a mind of its own.

    Once or twice the I get the BIOS screen up, but they don't detect the IDE drives, but most of the time I just get the Middle orange light on the RAM and nothing happens after they go off.

    I would just like to add, I'm not getting any beeps atm.
     
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  12. kbc

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    Have you considered a format and a reinstallation of Windows?
     
  13. Lonz

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    I can't get that far on boot-up unfortunately.
     
  14. kbc

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    What about resetting the CMOS and reverting back to BIOS defaults?
     
  15. Lonz

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    I've done that as well but its still ******. it seems to boot when it feels like it. This morning I managed to get windows working perfectly, then I turned it off, came back 10 mins later and it wouldn't boot again.

    No swearing, read the FAQ.

    Otacon