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Black screen I was looking over my computer to see if I'd be able to replace the CD drive but then it wouldn't turn on. The RAM was loose and after correcting that, it started up okay - I can hear Windows starting. However, the screen won't turn on - any suggestions?

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Hook it up to an external monitor, if everything works properly, then check the screen connections, one may have worked loose. Screens will go out without warning, so, if the connections are good and it works with the external it may be the screen. If the external doesn't work then it's an issue with the video card.

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Dropped my computer and when I turn it on all I get is the Acer logo and then a black screen


The ace screen is good news.
It means you have the following working:
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This likely means that your hard drive is loose / disconnected.
If it is a laptop there is usually a small access door on the bottom that will let you see the hard drive and see if it has come loose.

If it is a desktop there could be a cable or power plug loose.

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the beeps are post during post the very first work is done by the ram,all the memory in the ram is first transferred to the hard disk,and remains active untill turned off.

make sure that your RAM and Cmos battery are securely seated


Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions IDE SATA

the leads from your ((motherboard to your hard drive)) make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty

graphics card is seated properly with no dust in the socket you might have to remove it to check for dust

a computer needs power and data to travel through every working device and to its continue its cycle and to have and end to function

make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure make sure the connections and are not faulty even the electrical extensions or just replace them they could be faulty
a computer needs all electric current and computer data to travel to and through every working device and have an end to work properly click start right click on my computer so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error

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I installed the 3ngt430 into my pc, and when I turned it on it just started beeping and wouldn't start. After I removed the card it still won't start and continues to beep constantly without...


the beeps are post during post the very first work is done by the ram,all the memory in the ram is first transferred to the hard disk,and remains active untill turned off.

make sure that your RAM and Cmos battery are securely seated

One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect your hard drive

Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA

the leads from your ((motherboard to your hard drive)) make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty

a computer needs its connections to continue its cycle and to have and end to function
the beeps are post pre operating system searching for some hardware it could be RAM cd/dvd hard drive or motherboard all of these must have secure connections for the computer to work
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure make sure the connections and are not faulty even the electrical extensions or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs its connections to continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error
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The computer creates a long beep and a short one whenever it is turned on..and it only has a black screen..


the beeps are post during post the very first work is done by the ram,all the memory in the ram is first transferred to the hard disk,and remains active untill turned off.
make sure that your RAM is securely seated
test or replace all the leads that attach to your hard drive make sure the connections are secure including electrical extensions + IDE,SATA the ones that attach from your
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3 beeps is usually a memory error. In fact, it means there is a failure within the first 64KB of system memory. You can usually find out if one of your ram sticks is bad by taking a stick out and turning the PC back on. If it boots, you found the bad ram. If not, replace and try again.
Once you can ever get it to boot, you can go to memtest (http://www.memtest.org/) and download the auto installer for USB key and boot from USB (usually by pressing f12 or del, depending on your bios...it will say on boot up). This will tell you if you have any further ram issues.
If this doesn't resolve your issue, the other option 3 beeps can mean is a bad motherboard or other system device (worse case scenario, and fairly rare).
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The most-likely cause is a malfunctioning (or even "dead") disk-drive.
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So, what you get is that "lonely" underscore character.

Find a Microsoft Windows XP "installation" CD-ROM.
Insert it into your CD-drive.
Hold down the ON/OFF button until your computer turns off.
Press the ON/OFF button, to start-up your computer,
and tell your computer to boot from the CD-ROM device.
If it does boot, then the rest of your computer (excluding the disk-drive) is working fine.

Replace the disk-drive, and reinstall Windows, to "revive" your computer.

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Went on vacation wife turn off computer off by computer shut-down. came back turn on computer ,ligths up ,but screen stays black and wont reboot.


ok this is just an educated guess... try this!!!

1. Find your windows recovery disc! not the windows installation disc. however you can use the installation disc to do a system repair...
2. turn on computer and insert the recovery disc/windows installation disc.
3. press depending on the computer F-10 or F-2 to enter the computer bios screen
4. Change boot options to boot from cd-rom...
5. Follow onscreen instructions :)

thats only applicable if you are able to access the Setup (bios screen) if not then i would suggest changing the jumper inside the computer.... and also check your ram slots to make sure there aint no looseness or dust. if there is looseness then just reseat them... if there is dust make sure your not wearing rubber soled shoes and remove the ram cards and use a pencil eraser to clean the gold teeth on the ram cards and then reinsert them into the computer... there are multiple reasons why your computer is doing this and this is just an educated guess so give it a try... you cant damage anything :)

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Yes, bad RAM can cause these symptoms.

Remove any CD-disk from the CD-drive.
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Connect the AC power, and see if the computer will start.
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Otherwise, take the computer to a qualified technician, for complete trouble-shooting.

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