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Turning the pc on

I have a dell 4600, when i turn on the computer, the power button lights up and the light for the hard drive comes on for about 20 seconds and then goes out. the monitor does not come on so i don't know if the pc is even booting up. I have a working desktop that i put this tower on and it doesn't work. Ca n it be fixed?

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  • teratura Dec 26, 2007

    I did change the vga card and the monitor did work and the pc started to boot up, but it said that it had some problem with config/sys. and it also said keyboard failure, what else could be wrong?



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Try changing your graphic card ( VGA Card ) .. if the problem keeps coming then try the monitor on another computer .. if it works then you have problem with RAM drives

Posted on Dec 25, 2007

  • Baraa Alkazzaz Dec 26, 2007

    looks like your motherboard is having troubles .. if you're using USB keyboard then try using PS2 keyboard ... and for the confing/sys try to restrore your pc to older date

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