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Computer Won't Start

By CapeMayAl
Jun 29, 2005
  1. I am trying to get a friends box going.

    It's a Windows XP Home machine that has worked fine up until about 2 weeks ago.

    When turning the computer on, the screen stays blank, the keyboard lights illuminate, then go out.

    I tried another monitor with the same results.

    To turn the machine off, I have to use the power button.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 316

    are u getting any beep ? on booting are u sure it is booting! if not then it the culprit could the graphics card try using another graphics card.
     
  3. scooter6139

    scooter6139 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    doesn't even sound like it's going into the bios if the box don't beep.

    but if the screen is always blank, i agree the vid card might be the culprit. is it integrated or PCI/AGP? if it's the latter, try replacing and see if you get any image during initial boot up.
     
  4. CapeMayAl

    CapeMayAl TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What I tried

    Another video card - no help.
    Do not hear any beeps from the unit
    Can hear the HD working, and it's ***** light is on.
    I changed the ribbon cable from the MB to the HD, no change.
    The battery is testing good.

    The only thing I can think of now, is that the MB is gone.

    Thansk again.
     
  5. dharb

    dharb TS Rookie

    I have had this problem in the past and found that it is one of two things.
    Try changing the keyboard. I have had this problem at my work and after Racking my brain for weeks, i found that the keyboard was the issue.
    Second issue could be RAM.
    Hope this helps
     
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