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Computer won't wake up

Running XP. Computer won't come out of sleep mode. When I hit the space bar to bring it up, the fan and hard drive light kick on for a second and then back off. I shut the thing down using the power button and same thing when I try to turn it back on - fan and hard drive start to work and then turn off. If I continue to hit the power button, eventually the thing stays on but is not sending a signal to the monitor. The fan continues to run but the hard drive light goes out...

What to do?

Thanks in advance!

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  • cuphoto Nov 17, 2008

    No signal to screen at all

  • cuphoto Nov 17, 2008

    I'll give it a go...

  • cuphoto Nov 17, 2008

    No Such luck...Anything else I can try?

  • cuphoto Nov 17, 2008

    On the front of the machine is says I have a nVIDIA GeForce 6100, PCI Express Slot available. I see two cards installed - one has phone jacks and the other TV and AM, FM cable jacks. So I assume I have on board graphics...?

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    Computer was left logged off, but now no amount of shaking the mouse, hitting esc, spacebar, or any of the keys wake the computer



  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson May 11, 2010

    do you get a post screen at all?

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Ok, there could have been a graphics issue in the bios caused by the windows graphics drivers, heres what you could try........... remove the power cord from the back of the machine, remove the side panel to allow access to the motherboard, you will see a battery! take it out for 10 mins and push the on/off button a couple of times, this will drain any remaing power from the motherboard, after 10 mins the CMOS should have cleared so you can replace the battery, plug in the power and turn the machine on hopefully you'll get a signal

good luck

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  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Nov 17, 2008

    are you using on board graphics or a graphics card?

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Nov 17, 2008

    no, what you are describing is a TV card and your PCI express graphics card have a look where the ethernet cable plugs in to see if you can see a "VGA" slot or D-plug, if there is one there, then you do have on board graphics, try ro remove the Nvidia card and plug the monitor on to the on board D-plug, see what happends

    regards

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