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Computer powers on but does not boot - no videe output.

Hi - Someone was throwing this computer away at the dump. It looked pretty good, the guy said it wasn't working anymore. I decided to take it home and give it a look as we could use another desktop for schoolwork. The computer turns on but there is nothing displayed on the monitor. I am using a known good monitor and cable. The disk drives open and close, the CPU cooling fan is on, but there is no video output and the computer does not seem to be booting. When the computer powers on, I can feel the harddrive internally moving also. Don't want to spend a lot of time or money on this, but if there are a few simple things to try, I'm game. Thanks.

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  • bconchie Nov 19, 2008

    Thank you for the various suggestions. I tried them all with no success. I unplugged components one at a time and still no boot up or beeps. I reseated all connectors, RAM, tried a different keyboard, switched the battery - no boot. I pulled out each DRAM card and no boot. It would be nice to have a another CPU to try but I don't. I downloaded a PC doctor disk from the HP website to diagnose the hardware, but unfortunately I cannot boot from a floppy either. Thanks for your assistance.



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Video card may be bad... or even hard drive. "we could use another desktop for schoolwork" does that mean you have another CPU setup? Try switching video cards and harddrive (and even other components) with your working CPU.

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Open it up and verify everything is connected then remove or disconnect anything not required to boot (sound card, modem, cd drives, etc.) If it boots at this point you can reconnect devices one by one to find the failed hardware.

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Replace the ram if its bad you wont get any video..if that does not work it is the CPU..

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  • matt Stahulak Nov 19, 2008

    well if you dont have replacement ram it wont boot would be like trying to start a car with a dead battery then that doesent work so u take the battery out? no you need to buy a new battery jsut like you need to buy new ram..hope that helps.


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