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I have an hp a310e and i was try to turn it on but it wont boot only the fans will come on...the monitor light goes from blue to amber

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  • damiendj777 May 28, 2011

    So how can i tell if my motherboard is blown?

  • damiendj777 May 28, 2011

    Ram can possibly cause this kind of problem? How? If i get this refurbished computer will i be able to migrate the harddrive info from my a310e to it? Do you think i will be able to get a refurbished one with xp and a warranty?

  • damiendj777 May 28, 2011

    I dont know if you got my last question, but was waiting for an answer, i dont know what happened

  • damiendj777 May 28, 2011

    Looks like a good deal but they seem to be have some problems with the cpu model you recommended in the customer reviews...wasnt sure about it...but with hard drive interface enclosure how do you hook it up to another computer and does it transfer just files or can you transfer the programs too?

  • damiendj777 May 29, 2011

    I think I understand but let me make sure i understand you right...how do you transfer the configuration files? when you say run just fine off it, do you mean the software will run out of the external harddrive like a harddrive with an operating system?

  • damiendj777 May 29, 2011

    I think I understand but let me make sure i
    understand you right...how do you transfer the configuration files? when
    you say run just fine off it, do you mean the software will run out of
    the external harddrive like a harddrive with an operating system?

  • damiendj777 May 29, 2011

    I think I understand but let me make sure i understand you right...how do you transfer the configuration files? when you say run just fine off it, do you mean the software will run out of the external harddrive like a harddrive with an operating system?

  • damiendj777 May 29, 2011

    Right...but the ones that you didn't reinstall, if i understand how you wrote the original statement..some programs will run just fine off it, are you saying those programs are running from the hard drive in the case and using the operating system of the new hard drive or are you saying when you drag and drop those programs in the new hard drive they operate without having to reinstall them

  • damiendj777 May 30, 2011

    Thank you

  • damiendj777 May 30, 2011

    He gave a good explanation

  • damiendj777 May 30, 2011

    Contact me at damiendj777@gmail.com with your paypal info wanted to give you something as well because you did give me at least half the info

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Failure of the motherboard - if it would have been something else the motherboard would have generated BIOS error beeps to tell you what is wrong. This pc is dead, time for a new one.
You could buy this one

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6532220&CatId=5139

it comes with a full year warranty.
If you need to recover all the data from the old hard disk then remove the disk from the pc, buy an external case like

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1733195&CatId=2779

put the hard disk in it then connect it to the new pc, it will appear as an external memory and you will be able to recover all your files. After that you can format it and keep it for backup

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  • Azrael SRL May 28, 2011

    OK.

  • Azrael SRL May 28, 2011

    The problems are normal on older pc's - that's what the warranty is for. Once you put the disk in the case it will be just an usual external hard disk: some programs will run just fine off it. For the rest you will have to reinstall them in the new pc and transfer the configuration files if you really need to keep them as you are used.

  • Azrael SRL May 29, 2011

    In an XP install the configuration files of an usual program are located in C / Docs and Settings / username / Application Data / program name. To keep the same configuration without having to do it one more time after you have installed the program in the new pc you just copy the folder with the program name from the App Data folder in the external/old disk in the App Data folder from the new/active disk. Other programs (like the portable ones) store their configuration files in their install folder so it doesn't matter where they are installed, they will run the same, from C / Programs, or a memory card, or a CD-RW or an external disk like the old one.

  • Azrael SRL May 29, 2011

    Actually both are true: you can run them directly from the hard disk on the case or you can drag and drop from it in th new hard disk and run them from there : this is what makes them portable, they can be run from everywhere. But, for ease and consistency of use, you should move them all to the new disk and keep the old just for backups.

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If that's all the response you are getting with no HP splash screen, it sounds like bad RAM at best and at worst a dead motherboard. This to be expected as that is an eight year-old computer.

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    That's the problem: unless you are trained and have the equipment to diagnose whether or not a motherboard is blown, you can't tell if the motherboard is blown. Without the computer in front of me, I can only make a determination based on my experience and the information that you have provided. The first step would be to check the RAM and if the RAM modules test fine, than the problem more than likely is the motherboard. A shop will first test your RAM by putting it into a similar machine and also putting RAM that they know is good into your machine. The problem is, again, your computer is eight years-old and a shop may not have that RAM in stock to check. Your RAM is DDR 333Mhz PC2700 184p DIMM NON-ECC, I had a hard time finding it locally four years ago when I was looking for it for a Dell Dimension and I live in a major city. You should call ahead to a shop to make sure they have it before you lug your computer to them. The greater issue of all of this is going to be the cost to repair. If it is just RAM, you can get replacement 1 GB modules for $38.00 and if you're comfortable opening up your computer and servicing (which I'm guessing you are not), it is a very easy thing to do. But if the RAM isn't the problem, then you've got a motherboard issue and now you're going to have to spend $150 - $200 to replace the motherboard because you'll have to get the exact same motherboard in order to avoid having to formatting (erasing) your entire hard drive and reinstalling Windows XP on it and this is considering you doing it yourself. So, if you do it your self it could cost you anywhere from $38 - $238 depending on what the problem, add another $100 - $200 if you have a shop do it for you and that's considering just labor and they aren't jacking up the retail price of the parts. So, you are looking at spending anywhere from $38 to $438 (conservatively) because we have no idea if the motherboard is the problem or if the RAM is the problem... to save an eight year-old, technologically archaic machine when you could spend the same amount or less on a brand new state of the art machine that will serve you far better. For less than $200 you can purchase a refurbished computer that's just three years. If it were me, I might risk losing the $38 to attempt to replace the RAM but I wouldn't spend a dime more on a machine that even if the motherboard was replaced, is just going to have more things go wrong with it due to its age.

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