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My husbands 4-year-old Compaq Presario X1000 won't start up. He says the power button is lit but the screen is blank and all he hears is clicking sounds. He thinks it's the hard drive but could it be the video card?? What do you think?

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Yes, more likely it's the harddrive making the clicking sound trying to boot.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010

  • itttech Nov 19, 2010

    There have been a lot of discussions on the video card on these models, try and hook up an external monitor to the vga port. You will probably be able to connect. the hd on these models do make a little bit of noise, however as stated the video card has been suspect. Try toggeling f6 key as well there have been reports that this helps seate the video cable.

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