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PC won't boot

By joannehewitt
Mar 18, 2005
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  1. A week ago my son's pc wouldn't boot at all, as it was due an upgrade I have put in a new Sempron 2800 cpu, MSI KT4 mobo and a psu.

    After all that, it still won't boot, there are also no beeps at all. However, the fan works when I switch on and the cd trays pop out.

    Is it the graphics card? it is only 15 months old, but I'm starting to think it's got to be that. I have tried diff. memory and hard drive in there too, so I don't think it's these.

    i'm now at the end of my tether - if anyone has any suggestions, they would be very gratefully rec'd!!
    thanks,
    joanne hewitt
  2. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 Newcomer, in training Posts: 495

    Please post all specs type of ram and os are also included in the specs ? Did you try to formatt the hdd and install the motherboard drivers ?
  3. joannehewitt

    joannehewitt Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    The os is XP, the ram is PC2100, but I also tried pc2700.

    I haven't been able to load the new mobo drivers, as i can't get that far.

    Thanks,
    joanne
  4. dgower2

    dgower2 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 340

    No Beep during POST = Bad Mobo. RMA or Return it.

    ...Assuming you have the PC speaker plugged in correctly. I just had to RMA 2 MSI motherboards (I RMA'd one and they sent me another bad one!). I love MSI motherboards, but they have a lot of problems. If you bought the mobo from a retail store, have them test it.
  5. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 Newcomer, in training Posts: 495

    Ok bud take everything apart and start from scrach. Make sure the heatsink is on proper .power up teh motherboard it self with out anything but the ps the add the cpu heatsink then the ram let us know..
  6. joannehewitt

    joannehewitt Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Stripped it all down again, but it's still the same. Fan working, and cd trays pop out, but nothing else.
    Joanne
  7. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 Newcomer, in training Posts: 495

    The idea here was to do one thing at a time then fire up the computer after each decive is installed.. Example install just the cpu and heat sink boot the computer. Then if it boots up install the hardrive then boot it again, the next step would to install the ram and video card if there is one see if it boots again. This may sound like it takes a lot of time but there is a method here remember what you install when it stops booting this would be the problem area...At the stage you install the cpu press deleate key at start up to enter the BIOS to set the fsb to 166 I am assuming here that the CPU is 333FSB set every thing else at defult settings..

    One other thing you can try is remove the battery for a few minutes and place it back in ..

    Keep us posted
  8. dgower2

    dgower2 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 340

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