Here is the problem. My computers hate me. This is the second one to go down this week. But we will work on this one. Last night during playing a game the computer froze. It would not do anything. No alt tabbing, not ctl alt del to get to task manager, nothing. So I shut it off using the power button. I turned it back on and the monitor did not turn on. I thought bad vid card so I used the onboard video. DIdnt work. THen i used a different vid card. Still no luck. Today I turn it on, get monitor on and it locks up at the windows boot screen. Then i try again, monitor does not turn on.. After a few attempts monitor turns on and it will not go past either the compaq screen or the screen that shows the type of video card. IT will not boot with any other hard drives. I tried disconnecting other drives. Used a drive from another computer, reseated the cpu, mem and all other cards. All fans are on and the green light is on the front of the computer. I have no clue where to go from here. The thing that confuses me the most is that the monitor only turns on about 25% of the time when I keep trying. Let me know if you can think of anything.
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It is almost certainly a memory error. First off remove the power cord and the small battery on the motherboard. You may see a jumper near the battery with something like 'rst cmos' next to it. If so pull it off and short it over the other pin. Wait 5 mins, replace the jumper (if found) and install the battery. Whatever you do make sure you dont forget to replace the cmos jumper back to its origional position or you could fry your motherboard.
Re-connect the power and turn on. You should be in bios, restore the defaults, save and try a reboot.
If this works then you had a bios setting wrong, if not it will be your memory / ram.
If you have 2 or more ram modules then try re-booting with just one installed to identify the faulty one. If you only have one then buy a new one.
You have tried everything else correctly although this is a classic ram fault. I'd put money on it!
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try the drive with another usb cable. (checking cable integrity)
try the drive on another computer. (is the drive faulty)
if issue not found try clearing the hard drive buffer, (power down computer, unplug hdd usb cable and power down the hdd. wait 10 seconds, power up the computer, when fully booted power up hdd, wait a further 10 seconds and connect usb cable. look for hdd in disk management
Computer does not boot up The problem maybe the RAM, it could be faulty or just needs reseating to make proper electrical contact. Reseat the RAM and then boot up your laptop. If it still does not boot up then remove the RAM module/s and take them to your friendly computer repair shop and get them to test the RAM for you. Just like you sometimes need a mechanic to repair your car, sometimes you do need a technician to diagnose and identify the fault or faults on your computer. Not only does a good service technican have the experience to deal with this type of problem, they also have the equipment that allows them to look at things the average computer user can't see, and he has a collection of replacement parts that can be used to quickly test individual components on your computer.
It may be borked, especially if you've had a power surge or outage.
You may wish to call your internet service provider and request that they send a "Reset" signal to your Modem. It may even be offered through their automated menu before you reach a real person.
Failing that, try the following steps:
1. Unplug/power to ALL OF THE COMPONENTS - modem, router, and computer. Wait 20 seconds, then restore the power cord to the modem. Wait 1 minute until the modem fully boots and settles down. Next, restore the power cord to the router and wait at least 30 seconds for it to fully boot and settle down. Next, restore power to the computer and wait for it to fully boot up and settle down. Now, see if you have internet access. If not, go to Step 2.
2. Right-click on the network icon in the system tray and select "Troubleshoot problems". Wait while the Windows troubleshooter tries to identify and fix the problem. Now, see if you have internet. If not, go to Step 3.
3. Go to Control Panel/Device Manager. Under Network adapters, select the network adapter you're using and choose Uninstall. Click Yes/Apply/OK as appropriate. Restart the computer and wait while Windows re-installs the drivers for your adapter. Now, see if you have internet.
4. Try a different router.
Try this: Pull the battery and power cord. Now hold the power button in for about 30 seconds. Plug the power cord back in (DO NOT put the battery in yet). Now try to power up the computer, if it boots fully, shut it down and put the battery back in. Then boot it up again. This will sometimes work. If it fails to boot with the battery in (yes I have seen this too) replace the battery.
If it fails to boot with just the power cord and you are getting no beeps, trying pulling the memory. Most laptops will have two slots for memory and a chip in each slot. Turn off the laptop, remove both chips, then place one back in. Try to boot, then power down again and try just the other chip. If it fails to boot on one chip, that would be the bad memory. If it fails on both, try the same steps with the other slot. If it works on the other slot, you have a bad memory slot.
If non of the above work, you may need to take the laptop apart to get to the bois battery. Removing this battery, with no power to the computer (plug or big battery) will reset the bios and may clear your issue.
Go with the easy steps fist, and I hope they work.
If your wi-fi router is supplied by your internet service provider (they may call it a "gateway") then you can ask their tech support for advice in resolving the issue.
If you have your own router you may want to start by power cycling everything.
Unplug the power cord from your modem, your router, and shutdown your computer (shutdown, not sleep!).
Wait about 15 or 20 seconds then plug in the power cord for the modem. Now, wait about one minute for the modem to fully boot up and settle down.
Next, plug in the power cord to the router and wait 30 seconds to a minute for it to fully boot up and settle down.
Next, turn on your computer and wait for it to fully boot up and settle down.
Try connecting to wi-fi again.
If it doesn't work, move on to the next step:
Open Control Panel/Device manager. Locate "Network adapters' in the list and select the Netgear adapter. A dialog box opens.
In the Netgear adapter dialog box select "Uninstall this device" and click on Yes/OK.
Restart the computer and wait a minute or so while Windows re-installs the adapter.
Now try connecting to wi-fi again.
If that fails, you can try resetting your router to its factory default settings:
Your wireless router has a tiny pinhole somewhere on the rear panel or on one end. It should be labeled "Reset". Bend open a paperclip, push the pointy end of the paperclip firmly into the pinhole and hold it there for 10 or 15 seconds. This will reset the wi-fi router to its default settings. Now, you can set up a fresh password on the router and sign in using the new password on your computer.
You may have a virus. You may have corrupted files? Start by trying a Boot in Safe Mode. If that works, while in Safe MOde, Go to Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Restore.
Choose to restore to an earlier time. Pick a date a few days ago when you know it worked fine. Even a week or two ago is fine. Let it do its thing. When it restarts (automatic) hope fully it will be fine. Up date your anti virus and do a full system scan.
The simplest step may be to right-click on the Wi-fi icon in one of your computers' system tray (bottom right corner of the screen). Click on "Troubleshoot problems". The troubleshooter program will try to identify and fix any of several possible causes. Wait patiently while it searches ....
If the Windows troubleshooter fails to resolve the issue, you can try power-cycling the chain of components by following these steps:
1. Unplug the power cord from the Modem.
2. Unplug the power cord from the Router.
3. Shutdown the computer(s) that need wi-fi.
4. Wait twenty seconds, then plug in the power cord for the Modem. Then wait at least one full minute for the Modem to boot up and settle down.
5. Next, plug in the power cord for the Router. Wait at least thirty seconds for it to fully boot up and settle down.
6. Power on one computer that needs wi-fi. Wait for it to fully boot up and settle down. Check if you have a connection to the Router.
What you kight want to do is take your computer back to the store that you bought it from. If you still have the warranty, then they should be able to send it to a repair company and you will have it back in at lease 2 weeks.