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Won't boot. I was given a netvista machine to fix up and give to my nephew. Last week the machine was working. However, I was going to put a second drive in, so I opened tha case. When I opened it, the hard drive was just sitting in the bottom of the case so I attached it where it belongs. Now, when I try to turn it on, it comes on for 3 seconds, turns off, and then 3 seconds later it starts up again, however, it never boots. Any thoughts? I really need some help because my mother-in-law is supposed to leave at 11AM to drive back to FL where my nephew lives. Thanks.

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  • paul_n_jr Jun 20, 2009

    Thanks so much for the response. I don't think it's the OS, I just finished loading a copy of XP on it last week while it was working fine. Could the hard drive, since it wasn't secured, have wiped the mother board by shorting out something? I mean, it was sitting right there... ???

  • paul_n_jr Jun 20, 2009

    As it turned out, I never did install the second hard drive in it. There was not place I could mount it and have the cabled reach. I decided to just let my nephew have an 80 Gig hard drive. Put it all together and... nothing.. **sigh** Really upset, the nephew was looking forward to it...

  • paul_n_jr Jun 20, 2009

    Its not even getting to the part where it begins loading the BIOS. The DVD drive flashes, then the machine shuts off, then it comes back on. DVD drive flashes, then nothing. Keyboard doesn't flash. monitor does nothing...

    Thanks folks...



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Try to to put the original Hard drive as a master and change the jumper settings for the second hard drive.
If would turn on, try loading the bios settings using F5 (load setup defaults)
To load BIOS - choose F10

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  • ash_20 Jun 20, 2009

    well .. in this case, it definately fault with the M/Board


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Try to repair the operating system using windows xp cd

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    Sharang Shekhar Jun 30, 2009

    Sorry for responding late as I was ill and admited in the hospital.I hope that your problem have been resolved.If not reply me back.

    Best wishes,



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