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Won't boot. Power light on, No Video Signal message


OK Experts, I like the 610XL media center, and I want to fix this myself.

When I press the on/off: The green power light comes on, and stays on. I can hear the hard disk spin up, and the blue disk read light comes on. I can hear the disk reading - but for a very short time - 3 seconds or so. THe disk reading stops, the blue light goes off, the screen shows a "No Video Signal" message that appears for about 2 seconds than goes away. The green power light stays on, the fan stays on, and it's throwing a normal amount of heat.

I'm thinking that the harddisk has failed? This might be optimistic since I think I can replace that with no trouble :)

cheers,
CArchibald

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  • gatewayblues Feb 26, 2009

    My unit will turn on (sometimes). Then a loud crack and its dead...no power.



    Sometimes I get no pwer at all. Sometimes just a blue light. Sometimes just the green but nopthing else. except the mdem light in the back is on so its getting some power. I'll let it sit and sometimes it works fine. Ive read about the PSU issues . For around 30 bucks I can try and put a used unit in. Just not sure if thats the issue.

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It's also possible that your operating system has become corrupted. See if there is enough time to boot into safe mode, or choose a boot option to go into the recovery partition.

Have you made any recent hardware or software modifications?

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