Question about HP VECTRA VLI8 P3 Motherboard (KZM6120)
Hope someone can help,
A friend gave me his old computer because he said he went to load W2K on it and it doesn't work work anymore. When you turn it on, it goes thru the BIOS screen. The screen then goes blank and when the Windows boot screen comes up(the one with the progress bar at the bottom) the computer locks up.
I have tried formating the HD, putting another OS on it, tried another HD, and I get the same results. With the other HD, it just continues booting. It goes thru the BIOS screen, goes blank, and then continues the loop.
I have flashed the BIOS, cleared the cmos with no success.
Would appreciate any help.
John W. Mullins
Google bad caps on motherboard. I just revived a VLi8 which had this problem. For the KZM-6120 motherboard that I have there a six 1500 uF, 6.3 volt capacitors lined up in front of the pentium III heatsink. Look for gunk oozing out the base of the capacitors. This is a well-known problem apparently. See here:
Symptoms sound similar. What mine did was that the computer wouldn't reboot after windows 2000 reinstall, lock up during boot, and the yellow lock light would be on sometimes. I could only run from a floppy. Updated bios, changed HD, nothing worked.
Replaced the six caps, and I have reinstalled system (2000 pro) and everything is working fine.
Posted on Feb 24, 2008
John, you can download a program that allows you to create a bootable floppy disk or a bootable CD that will test your memory at start -up.
It's a free download & is called Memtest86+. Click the link below. Scroll down till you see, ** Memtest86+ V1.70 (01/14/2007) ** in red lettering. Pick your flavior ISO or ZIP.
Posted on Feb 02, 2008
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