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CPU Problems with the help from answers on here, I have decided that my cpu is finally gone. tested monitor with another computer = monitor works, tested computer with other monitor = computer turns on but still can't boot bios. tried with both old and new graphics card. is there anything else I should try before I go and buy a new computer? also if I do need to buy another computer how do I get all my files and pics and stuff from old comp?

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What can also give the same symptoms as a doa cpu is bad ram. About the only difference is that you usually get a post code with a cpu problem and absolutley nothing with ram.

About the only way to check a cpu is to swap it out. They are not that expensive compared to a new pc unless you want an excuse to upgrade ;-]

Ram is checked by swapping it out or just removing and checking one stick at a time. Sometimes they just need to be reseated and away it goes.

Also check the power supply. If it has overheated or dired etc nothing will work.

Once you have checked out those three you will know if it is worth fixing or junking.

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Likely causes: RAM, CPU or motherboard or PSU.
Possibility that Motherboard not earthing properly.
Unlikely to be CPU. More likely faulty ram or board.

Try resetting the CMOS settings, by moving the CMOS jumper to the opposite position for a few seconds (powered off) and back again. This often brings things back to life. ( can also take out battery overnight)

Try: Remove all extra cards, even video card from Motherboard. Put in only 1 RAM chip, firmly seated. Try also with other RAM in other slot(s). Connect speaker to Speaker port on board if nott already connected. Power up. listen for diagnostic 'POST' beeps.
If its a P4 PC make sure the power supply 4 way 12v plug is in near the CPU area. this is a common fault.

If computer beeps it is video card or RAM. If no beeps, motherboard is suspect. Remove board entirely from PC, mount on cardboard on the floor, put in the powersupply cable 20/24pin connector and (12v P4), plug in monitor, keyboard and mouse.
Power up. if it works normally, there is an earthing problem in the case; check all the mounting posts are in the correct place.

If board still dead, time to get a replacement board. Look for one that's the same type as your CPU and current RAM,for a straightforward swap; idelaly the same type if you want your old disk to work properly first time without mods. search on ebay, there are often boards about. That is unless you're going for an upgrade; a cheap one is an AMD M2+ board , CPU and newer RAM. Buy a cheapo CPU to start and change it when you need more power. Board £35 pds sterling, CPU £20, RAM £20 ish..

If you have a new board, then the previous harddrive will not boot with new hardware- you will get the familair blue screen of death most likely. Buy a £10 IDE or SAT to USB connector cable from ebay and remove your drive, connect it to another PC, ior laptop viaUSB, and copy away all your documents, settings and user files or better make a disk image via Acronis or Powerquest Drive image from which you can extract your important stuff later.

if you cant do this beg borrow another harddrive and use this to set up your new Pc. Then add your old drive to the PC. when it has windows and extract the files that way.

Dont bother with programs; they can be reinstalled from original sources, your data and settings are important.

Good luck.


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