Ok all...I read your forum and have already reset the RTC and verified everything is working correctly via BIOS. Now the problem, I was running Nero and it locked up so I told Windows to power down and upon powering up, heatsink fan, hard drive, Vid Card and DVD burner are all running)but I cannot get past BIOS. Everytime it gets to the point where Windows would start I get a black screen, monitor still has green light. Boot from CD with same issue...I reach "checking hardware configuration" boom the black abyss. According to the BIOS everything is recognized and the cpu is running at a nice 41 C, thanks to the new Thermaltake Big Typhoon.....any ideas????
Hi Hanjiya, I suspect a hardware failure; I would pull off everything you can to make this as basic a PC as you can. Hardware POST checks, fans and LEDs are good to do very basic tests and elimination but are not definitive tests. If it still doesn?t work I would try using a power supply tester or switch out with a known good, followed by the RAM, processor and video card leaving only the motherboard. If you get this far and the problem is still there then your failure is the motherboard. Look for damaged capacitors with rounded tops or corrosion at the base. I?ve had two 2004-2006 era Dells refuse to complete the POST because of defective capacitors just recently. If still no luck you might try buying a pre-POST diagnostic card ($50 and up). If you don?t want to invest in that you should consider taking your PC to a shop that does have one. I know it runs again most of our personalities to pay a tech but consider this. I?ve run into lots of people who spend weeks and big bucks troubleshooting a problem someone with the right equipment can diagnose cheaply (overall) the first time. Without the test equipment or a similar PC you can use for parts you?re going to have to start buying parts one at a time in a process of elimination. Let us know if you have any more questions or comments and please don?t forget to rate the posting.
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