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Computer Wont Boot after Removing Display Chip

Hi all! Hope you can help me.

I am quite tech oriented, and usually figure the problems out myself. But this one is messing me up.

I have a desktop computer that was working, but I had to take the hard drive out to look @ its serial number. I put everything back the exact way it was, and now the screen wont boot up or nothing will display. Everything is on, all the cables firmly attached.

I even tried 3 different display adapter chips and it doesnt work still. I also tried it on a different motherboard, and still no change.

It happened before, but I did something to get it working, but I forget what I did.

Can anybody help me?

Greatly Appreciated!

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  • Nelson
    Nelson Feb 28, 2009

    Thank you both very much for a quick response and a detailed one at that.

    For Lolita, I have tried removing and re-inserting the memory module, but that has not fixed it.

    For Sublimation, I will try removing the battery for 24hrs and see if that makes a difference. If not, I will reply back for CMOS help (most likely).

    Thank you both!

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    You're welcome, let us know how it turns out.

  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert May 11, 2010

    That thing that you tried, was it a CMOS reset? To reset the CMOS you can either set a certain jumper on your motherboard to reset the CMOS or you can pull out the BIOS battery from your motherboard leaving it out about 24 hours to ensure the power runs out.



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Look on the chip for a small square or circle mark at one end only. This MUST match up with the mark on the board. This indicates the polarity of the chip. Hopefully, if it was in wrong, it didn;t blow the chip.

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Sometimes when this happens to me there are several things that I try. Remove the memory module and reseat it firmly and then try to boot again. Most of the time, this is the problem. If not, then try resetting the bios.


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