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My pc will power on but not go into the bios to start the bootup

When I push the power button, the hard drive light will come on for about 4 sec. and then blink out and the machine will not enter into the bios to start the boot up process. I checked the power supply and it is good.

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    Gary Luis May 11, 2010

    Try unplugging the hard drive and see if you can enter the bios. If you can, it could be your hard drive, the controller, or the cable. Not all cables are notched. Make sure the side with the stripe is facing the power connector of the hard drive and that the other end of the stripe is facing pin1 most boards are labeled with a "1" and some just show a highlight.




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The above assumes IDE drives...

POST ( Power On Self Test ) will take place even with a faulty drive.. it will (should) warn that either no drives detected or drive is faulty.

Rather unplug all deviced not needed and leave only screen and keyboard.

Inside the machine unplug everything except you hard drive, unpleg DVD,CD,Stiffy drives.

Also if you have an onboard graphics on your motherboard then remove the grpahics card you have as well.

Also remove all but 1 of the RAM modules.

If the PC boots now gr8.. you may just have had a bad connection. Now reinsert the RAM modules you have removed. Then start the PC again.

If your PC doesnt boot you may have a faulty/damaged Power supply, motherboard or CPU

Keep plugging back all the components one by one untill they either all are back in and everything works ( bad connec5ion the cause then) or until you get to a point where you attach/plug something in and it doesnt boot...that component is your culprit. And remember it can be anything, from RAM to your mouse..


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