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My PC will not reboot

By johann59
Aug 17, 2005
  1. I'm not a hardware oriented guy. My PC was working fine and then suddenly it wont reboot. I turn my PC on, but no sounds, no error messages, nothing. WD, 80 Gb, Hard drive does not make a sound. I don't recall installing anything new. My dumb mistake is that I had no backup. Does it mean my hard drive is completely gone or is there any advice somebody can give me? Thanks, I'd appreciate any help.

    P4, 2.8 Mhz
    512 Mb Ram
    80 Gb HD (Wester Direct)
    Win XP Pro
     
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Are the case fans turning on? When you look at your motherboard, are there any lights lit up (just wondering if you are getting any power at all - dead PSU)?

    If you are getting power, but no beeps, try re-seating your memory sticks (ram). I brought my computer to a lan party and during the move my ram sticks came a little lose. Scared the crap out of me, as I was getting no beep, no HDD noise, nothing. Just case fans. Re-seated the memory and all was fine.
     
  3. johann59

    johann59 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I should have given more information, here it goes in the chance somebody can help. Thanks.

    When booting it only says:
    "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert Boot media in selected boot device". Then it just sits there.

    Here goes the info I could get:
    Generic PC
    Motherboard: Not sure, on the back of the PC is says: (ECA-ATX8300PRO)
    Energy supply: 300W

    BIOS Information:
    Intel Corporation D865GBF DESLTOP BOARD
    Serial Number; BQBF32807784

    MAIN
    MAKER OF BIOS: (NOT SPECIFIED)
    BIOS VERSION: BF86510A.86A.0036.P07
    PROCESSOR TYPE: INTEL PENTIUM 4
    HT: ENABLED
    PROCESSOR SPEED: 2.8 Ghz
    SYSTEM BUS SPEED: 800 Mhz
    SYSTEM MEMORY SPEED: 400 Mhz
    CACHE RAM: 512 KB
    TOTAL MEMORY: 512 KB
    MEMORY MODE: DUAL CHANNEL

    BOOT CONFIGURATION
    PLUG & PLAY O/S: YES
    NUMLOCK: ON

    DRIVE CONFIGURATION
    ATA/IDE CONFIGURATION: ENHANCED
    PCI IDE BUS MASTER: ENABLED
    HARD DISK PRE-DELAY: DISABLED
    SATA PORT-0: NOT DETECTED
    SATA PORT-1: NOT DETECTED
    DATA PRIMARY MASTER: CD-RW 52X24
    DATA PRIMARY SLAVE: NOT DETECTED
    DATA SECONDARY MASTER: NOT DETECTED
    DATA SECONDARY SLAVE: NOT DETECTED

    BOOT
    SILENT BOOT: ENABLED
    INTEL RAPID BIOS BOOT: ENABLED
    PXE BOOT TO LAN: DISABLED
    USB BOOT: ENABLED
    1ST BOOT DEVICE: 1ST FLOPPY DRIVE
    2ND BOOT DEVICE: 3M CD-RW 52X24

    REMOVABLE DEVICES
    1ST DRIVE: 1ST FLOPPY DRIVE
     
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Go into your bios, and look for a "boot device" menu or something similar. You want to set it to your hard drive. Let me know what you find there.

    Currently it is not even looking at your hard drive. It is trying to boot from your floppy, then your CD drive then stopping there .(or that's how it looks to me anyways).

    Typically, you want it set to:

    1. boot from floppy
    2. boot from CD
    3. boot from HDD

    in that order.... confirm in your bios that it IS checking your HDD!
     
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