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Computer starts but doesn't boot

Computer turns on but will not boot. All I get is black screen on monitor. I hear all fans etc. running. Any idea what it may be and how much it would cost to fix it, or even if its worth fixing?

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  • Abhi18 May 20, 2008

    my pc starts but does not boot

    only a blank screen is displayed on the monitor

    i have checked all the internalo and external power connections

    can you please offer me some solutions?

  • byteme813266 May 02, 2009

    my computer starts and loads but then when its supposed to go to the page with all the users, it turns into a blank page with just a mouse showing that i can move, but do nothing else with. help? by the way its a SVA monitor with Dell Microsoft xp cpu too

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    my computer seems to have a similar problem, ill turn it on and than the moniter will just remain blank, and i dont even hear it trying to start up, if anyone has any ideas please let me know

  • Kenneth  Keaton
    Kenneth Keaton May 11, 2010

    lets not get too hasty... It can also be a bad memory module(s). It could take some time to find out exactly whats wrong, but if you have time, and another PC to test some parts in it will help. First things first,.. with the computer off,.. pull out and re-seat the memory and try to reboot. If that doesn't work, and you have access to a known working memory module that is compatible ( same type and speed preferably ) remove the modules installed, put in the spare and try and boot. If no boot,.. then you know its probably not memory ( though I still recommend trying the modules in another PC and running memtest+ to test them ( a no-cost program download able from the net ). My main question,.. are you comfortable with opening your computer and getting your hands dirty... I'll help you as much as I can just let me know.

  • Patrick Michaels
    Patrick Michaels May 11, 2010 get nada? that means your motherboard is shot..those are not too much(100 or so) and powersupply(another 25)..

    you'll need to know what m/b you have, does this computer have a name on it?



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Try to uninstall the cord of your monitor going to the cpu this might be loose. if you are using an expansion video card try to remove this and clean this with a pencil eraser. you forgot to specify if you are hearing some beeps upon power on. if there is no beep then the problem is just the connection from your monitor to this videocard(cpu) just try to uninstall then reconnect

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I've got the same problem, but when it happened the first time, my parents let me open the computer and... well, do whatever I want with it. anyways, I kept many parts intact, and now I tried to make it back together(with a power supply without a cooler)
first time it worked, but after I downloaded and mounted slax(the new os that I thought would be run better than win xp), it just didn't wokr. I took the bios ic, processor, ram and disconnected the hard disk, then put them back together, and nothing. it just spins the cooler and light the leds. since it's a amd k6 II (similar to pentium 2), I can't test the parts on my "good".

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