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My HP pavilion will turn on but not start up

I got the computer from my uncle an within a week it stopped working. I know pavilions aren't great with airflow so I have the side panel off to help cool it.

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Have you tried connecting your PC to another monitor? I'm not seeing the monitor getting any signal. Also, is the computer making any clear internal beeping patterns? Like 2 quick beeps or long beeps etc?

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

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  • Nick Buren Jul 30, 2013

    Yes I've tried three different moniters and different cables. Every thing works fine. It was working yester day after I wiped the hard drive and I reinstalled windows and worked great. And there's two small beeps in the begenning but those Are there even when it boots up.

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    CompuPro Service Jul 30, 2013

    If you have a video-card installed on a board with on-board video, meaning you have 2 available spots to plug the monitor into then you might try swapping those

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    CompuPro Service Jul 30, 2013

    Meaning, if your monitor is plugged into the video card rather than on-board video you may be working fine, just not plugged into the default video out. However if you don't have a video card in, or don't have onboard video then it is something else

  • Nick Buren Jul 30, 2013

    It's nothing to do with video im 100% positive of that.

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    CompuPro Service Aug 14, 2014

    Ok, when you say "video", do you mean, you know for a fact the monitor is working and the video output port you are using?

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    CompuPro Service Aug 14, 2014

    The reason I ask is because it's a simple test to verify both. Plug the computer into a monitor that works with another computer. This will verify that it is not the monitor. Then use a different monitor on the "problem pc" and see if you get different results.

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    CompuPro Service Aug 14, 2014

    Just because it was once working doesn't mean it can't suddenly "go out" and quit working. Whether it's monitors or internal pc parts.

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    CompuPro Service Aug 14, 2014

    Cooling should not be an issue at boot, especially if the fans are actually moving. You should be able to start up any pc that is operation will no cooling. Older pcs will eventually burn themselves up, newer ones will just shutdown regardless of what you are doing if they go over temp. But if the pc hasn't been running, it should start up fine with poor ventilation/cooling. On a side note about cooling, "Open Air" cases are terrible for cooling, people like to complain about brand name pcs having air funnels and such attached to the case, but these actually provide highly efficient cooling, they just aren't very up-gradable or changeable, but a mesh style case is about the worst route you can go if you plan to use fans in your case for cooling, watercooling doesn't care about air flow since it only pulls air directly across it's radiator, other than that, no "direction" of flow is needed to maintain temperature.

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    CompuPro Service Aug 14, 2014

    While the service man below is correct about what can cause a blue screen of death or bsod, that is not a blue screen of death, nor should you reach a blue screen of death at initial bootup. The BSOD is windows, and is completely unrelated to bootup. A fault can cause a bsod and bad boot, but a bsod error is not related to anything other than windows as the bsod screen is windows.

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    CompuPro Service Aug 14, 2014

    Testing the RAM/CPU/MB etc is the last route you should go if possible. I would recommend checking whether you cable and monitor are working with another device first or check your computer on another monitor and cable that you know work. IF that is not the problem, then I would recommend, disconnecting all sata/ide cables internally from the MB, depending on your setup it may matter where they plug into, so make a note with a marker or tape on each cable to remind yourself where they go back into. Remove all but one stick of RAM, remove all "addon" cards, such as video cards/network cards etc from any slots on your computer. So at this point, the cpu, fans, power, and one stick of ram should be all that is left in your computer. If you turn it on and get nothing, your board or processor is more than likely shot. USUALLY if it is anything OTHER than the motherboard or processor, you will hear a "beep code" that can be looked up to see what is wrong. When you don't get a beep code, either the MB or CPU is bad OR, your MB doesn't have any self diagnostics, which is rare. You can always look up the MB and see if it has beep codes, if it does, then either the MB or CPU is shot, OR, the computer is actually booting up, you just aren't seeing it, which is why I recommend checking monitor/cables first. If that is the case, then you might just need a cheesy 30 dollar video card to replace the bad port. But this all depends on your setup, and available slots, etc. You didn't provide much detail, the more the better. I hope this helped you or others in need.

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