Question about Cornerstone FIC AM37 Socket A XP Motherboard W/ AUDIO, VIDEO, LAN (REFURBISHED)

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Am37 in an HP 304w

Won't boot, no POST. Powers up for 3 seconds then shuts down about when you would expect a POST beep. If I remove the RAM, it will power up and beep code for missing/bad RAM. I've tried unhooking everything possibe and resetting the CMOS, but removing the RAM seems the only way to have the power stay on for any length of time. I also swapped with known good RAM and processor, but no difference. Anybody have a clue? Thanks. Joe

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  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2007

    I Have the same problem exactly... I've tried everything unhooked including the processor. The fans will run if either the processor or the ram has been removed, it will beep for the missing ram.

    I know this is an older post but can some one suggest anything further?




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If you have checked the power supply as Tomj23 suggested, then it may be worth checking cmos battery, as if this is too low it cannot get the system into the 64kb of low end memory to start up.

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Hi 1joester2, There are a few things we can do still: -Make this as basic a machine as possible: remove any add in cards (except primary video card), unplug mice, remove all USB components, reduce the size of your memory (RAM) and if you have multiple hard drives remove all except your boot drive. Restart, does anything change? -Verify the power switch is working correctly. It could be cutting out after a few seconds. -Test the power supply or switch out with a know good. Lights and fans turning on is only a rough test, the power supply could be sending incorrect or unstable to the motherboard. -When you turn your power on listen closely for any sounds like hard drives or fans starting up. -What lead up to this event, did you upgrade or change anything? If yes double check your work. -Try a keyboard you know works, I admit this is a desperation move but if you get this far we?re running out of things to try. If none of this works *depending on the value of your PC* it might be worth a trip to the local repair shop. Among other things they will have something called a pre-boot test card that plugs into a PCI slot of your PC and will give you a much better diagnosis of what is going on. An evaluation should cost about $35 to $50 bucks. I know that sounds like a lot when you can buy a new motherboard for $50 but what you avoid is buying a new motherboard only to find out the problem is something else. I know a lot of people who spend a couple hundred dollars buying new parts all to avoid paying a tech to diagnose the problem. At any rate if you have any other questions please let us know and please don?t forget to rate the posting.

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Well based on ur story it seems that the only option left is to replace ur motherboard!

Posted on Jan 16, 2007

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