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IBM R40 I have a IBM R40. When it is switched on all lights come on then go out exept power on. Bought 2nd hand mother(Working).Didn't have processer so used one out of old board.Have same fault. Put old board back in with same processer.Now same fault but then screen flashes up and then everything goes out. Could it be processer fault or ram. Did have beeps but haven't got these now I have put old board back in.

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I have the same problem. It is not the hard drive. It is not the RAM. It just locks up with the power on and it the pointer will not work, the keyboard will not work however the desktop is still pictured on the display.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008

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Re: IBM R40

Sounds like there is a problem in the hard drive. Go to google and search for Hirens Boot CD it is about $10 but its well worth it. Boot from this CD and run the Check Disc Utility(chkdsk) and some of the virus tools, this might fix the problem, otherwise it sounds like a bad CPU or faulty RAM may be causing this broblem

Posted on Jan 09, 2008

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