Computer not booting

By swker98
Feb 5, 2006
  1. Hi guys, i got a compututer to fix, i plug it in it boots, but only the orange Harddrive stays lit but the power light is totally off, no post or beep or monitor display, and the keybnoard lights do not come on atall

    the fans spin up, the light on the Mobo is lit green,

    the only thing i know is thaht

    its a 2 years old,
    I think its a compaq
    2x?? of ram
    300watt powersjupply,
    a stand alone vid card

    all connectors are connected

    if you guys can help. ill be well apprecated,

  2. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,077


    switched out the cmos battery to reset it, no avail

    then i unpluged the cd and dvd drive, i got the Intel screen (intel mobo), my dad hit the hard drive a few times, then it went to a ram cound, system counted 512 mb ram, when it finished counting it gave me 3 beeps and said system boot halted, system falure

    here are the updated specs
    its not a compaq as i thoght, its a custom biult, because its missing 6 standoffs and they told me it was

    2ghz P4
    2x256mb ddr ram
    80gb Wd hard drive

    the stangwe thing is i can only get into bios once, now i can only get it to count the ram and tell me a boot falure

    thank you
  3. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    i don't understand how "6 missing standoffs" would indicate a custom built machine vs. a compaq.... but anyways...

    sounds like you either have a bad hard drive or a dying power supply.

    you need to find out who makes the mobo, then google for the beep codes to see what the problem is

    also... tell your Dad not to "hit" the hard drive, if the hard drive is not broken, then hitting it will surely break it, a hard drive is a precision, delicate component, not an old TV
  4. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,077


    im gonna try running an oldhardrive that i know works to see if windows comes up, there really no way of knowing what model mobo i have, its an intel make but i cant see any model on it,

    is it true WD has a 3 year warntey?
    hitting the HD helped somehow because it seme to got it to spin up, strange indede,
    good thing i have a spar psu and harddrive to test,

    does it mean anything if the hard drive light is "stuck" on

    well i knew Compaq woulnt miss all those standoffs snice most is done by mechine

    if anybody has any other ideas tell me


    EDIT: just tried booting ansd it does the same thing as when i first got it, only the HD light is on, and all fans spin upbut no post

    Edit again: i turned it off back on off back on off back on and i got it to POST and do a ram count
    then i get the beep,beep.......beep, "boot falure:system haslted"
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    reseat your cables, check your power connector. retry. if it still fails, swap out your drive with one that works. put the suspect drive as a slave and check it- if it fails then, you know that drive is bad.
  6. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,077

    update, i swaped out the HD, Psu and the psu cable, reset cmos tried both memeory sticks seportaly

    i still get the same exact symtoms

    If the comp has been off for a while i get the hdd light on stedy, fans spin up no power to the cd drives ttho, leve it like thatffor 2 minutes it fires up and i get the memeory cound the n the BEEP BEEP BEEP

    the boards an intel D845WN
    p4 2.0
    512mb ram
    tried bothj 300 and 380 watt psu
    can this be a bnad MOBO>
    if you can help me

    thank you
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Normally depending on the bios.

    3 Beeps=Base 64K RAM failure

    There is a failure of some sort within the first 64 KB of system memory.

    The first bank of memory probably has a bad memory chip in it somewhere. It is possible that there is a failure related to the motherboard or a system device as well.

    Regards Howard :)
  8. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,077

    yup i looked the beeps up, thats what it means, now why would it do that if i swaped out the memory and tried both sticks seporertly, also when im only running one stick i get a splash screen for about 2 seconds with 2 beeps saying F1 to enter bios then 1 beep saying system boot falure

    would that ram problem cause the one hardrive light to stay stedy on and the system not to boot for 2 minutes?

    the only time this comp has ever been opned is when it was built i belive, no bluging capotroars or any sighns of phyical damage

    thanks howards
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I`m starting to think it`s a mobo/cpu problem.

    Have you tried running with just 1 stick of ram in a different dimm slot?

    Regards Howard :)
  10. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,077

    just tired that ram idea to no avale,

    what do you think is cauzing that 2 minute delay system startup
    when the hdd light come on fans spin up and it only boots 2 minutes after that, also when i had that one ram stick in Dimm slot 1 the computer ramdomly turned off in the middle of the ram count and when i opened the cd drive

    i also have a strong suppision of the mobo being at fault here, but i had that wityh the psu to...........
    any ideas
  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Try a different psu, if you can.

    If that doesn`t work, then I`d say the mobo is bad.

    Regards Howard :)
  12. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,077

    ok then i guss its a bad mobo, im gonna give it back and maybe have the builder fix it because they may have a warntee or someting or a spare board

    PS, i got a little prob on my own with my rig
    when i do a cold boot, like when its off for 2 hours or more, i have to always restart to get it to boot into windows, i boot up and windows xp loads for like 10 minutes and it wont go any ferther, just satuys of the xp laoding screen, thwe hdd light stays sload and not much noise form the hdd ,then i reboot it and it goes within 30 seconds, and only the second time do i hear the hardvie clicking away and the light flashing away
  13. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Sorry swker98. I overlooked that you`d already tried another psu. :blush:

    As to the problem with your current system. Can you boot into safe mode ok, or do you still get the same problem?

    Regards Howard :)
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