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Strange rectangles on startup

I Have a Strange Problem The PC has been working fine all along then when I changed the IDE Cable for the DVD Rom and Turned the computer suddenly it displayed small attached rectagles with different colours all across the monitor some are flashing some not. even when I revert back to the old IDE cable, or to any other for that matter, it just keeps doing the same thing Please Please help Iam Desperate here

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  • castatroy Jan 25, 2008

    Thanks Benimur

    But even when I plug the mboard on its own with only the monitor and power supply plugged the problem persists. The mboard has builtin video, I have also tried to change the RAM modules still, any other suggestions? I have yet to try the cleaning though, thanks





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The problem come only after you change the ide cable, so hi chances that when you insert the ide cable into the Mboard, too much force causing the Mboard pcb trace open cct. Mean you need to replace the Mboard. hope it help.

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Verify that all cables, connectors, components and devices are where they should be and fitted snugly to their mate/counterpart.

It could either be you video or your memory. If your PC has a built-in video then it is in all probability the memory. Either way, try removing and cleaning the gold contacts/pins using a pencil eraser. Thereafter clean the slot(s) where they are inserted using a clean paint brush or a disposable toothbrush. When reseating/re-inserting, pls make sure that you hear an audible click/snapping sound that assures you that the component was placed back in properly. At other times, wiggling the memory (or video card) a bit also helps.

Hope this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008

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    Louie Role Jan 25, 2008

    Hi again musa,

    Since you have tried with just the MB, the PSu and the monitor and still it doesn't work, then you already have narrowed it down to just 3 possibilities.

    Assuming it powers up, the fan at the back of the PSU spins and the lights on the front panel light up, then the PSU can also be eliminated leaving just the MB and the monitor.

    1. Try using a different monitor (though unlikely) to verify that the monitor is not the one in question;
    2. On the motherboard, try doing a CMOS reset. Normally there is a 3 terminal jumper close to the battery. Moving the jumper to the other pairing temporarily will reset the CPU. You need to move it back to the original position for the unit to operate.
    3. If this still fails, perhaps you have to try to clean or replace the memory.

    If that still does not work out, am afraid something like what emme have posted is the reason.

    Pls post back for anything.



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