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Tecra M2 doesn't boot is it a processor problem?

It powers up, power on good beep,  power and battery LED turn on, HD LED flash, dvd rom seems to read (LED lights and DVD turns/runs), can choose boot selector (dvd, hd,usb etc). if you continue to boot, you'll have a flashing cursor on the top left side of the screen
can not access bios. 
Could you help me isolate the problem, is it the processor or a motherboard problem?
Thanks, Dave

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Given the symptoms, it points to motherboard.. if it was processor, video or ram. it wouldnt boot at all and you'd just get error beeps from your laptop. i'd first try resetting the bios, by removing the bios battery for 30 min, then putting it back in. if that doesnt work try changing it out, usually costs under 8 bucks. if that doesnt work then I would change out the motherboard, if its cost effective.

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Pls take out any cd or dvd that is in the dvd drive and see if it helps always keep ur boot device priority to hard drive

if no help then ur OS is not loading in some cases when boot sector is damaged the OS doesnt load try factory resetting ur laptop thru backup disk if the os is loaded and it works then it is ok but if problem persists then ur hard drive is giving fault kindly replace it everything will be ok

there are 2 things that are responsible for booting process

1.RAM which infact switch on the motherboard and initiate procedure for booting process if u see any type of text or diaplay on screeen then it is working ok .

2. Hard disk , when the system powers up Ram asks hard disk for OS files to load the OS if hard disk is faulty it doesnt give up these files hence the OS doesnt load and booting process stops here it seems like u have stucked here so hard disk seems like the main culprit but pls try to reset ur OS thru backup disk here see if it works if after some time system faces same fault the replace hard drive

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Apple has a variety of 'beeps' (sound) and 'blinks' (lights) for both computers and monitors. Your 3 beeps (wild guessing here) could be as noted in this link below ... which will also steer you in the right direction. Note too, that blinking lights - can have a pattern (3 blinks: short-short-long, for example). These also have specific diagnostic meanings and you might make a note before searching.

Link to some ref on blinks and beeps is here (a paste follows this note too):

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4357348?tstart=0

G5 mac reference - PASTED DIRECTLY FROM THE APPLE COMMUNITY SUPPORT PAGE AT THE LINK ABOVE:

Limnos Sep 26, 2012 9:00 AM
in response to Kort ' This helped me

For future reference:

Power-On Self-Test Beep Definition - Part 1 - http://support.apple.com/kb/TA43884

Power On Self-Test Beep Definition - Part 2 - http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n58442

The power on self-test resides in the ROM of the computer. This test runs whenever the computer is turned on after being fully shut down (the power-on self-test does not run if the computer is only restarted).

If a fault is detected during the test, you will not hear a normal startup chime. Instead, the system will beep as explained below. If you experience one of these beeps, you may call your Apple Authorized Service Provider for additional troubleshooting assistance.

1 beep = no RAM installed
2 beeps = incompatible RAM types
3 beeps = no good banks
4 beeps = no good boot images in the boot ROM (and/or bad sys config block)
5 beeps = processor is not usable

In addition to the beeps, on some computers the power LED will flash a corresponding number of times plus one. The LED will repeat the sequence after approximately a 5-second pause. The tones are only played once.

You can also run Apple Hardware test from your original installer disc. Sometimes with RAM it is just easier to pull units and test them individually.

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From http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12253_div/12253_div.HTML
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