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Multiple problems with Compaq Presario SR1550NX

By Gflo
Jul 17, 2008
  1. Ive got a good old Compaq Presario SR1550NX. When i get it to run right it runs good. When i don't its a pain. I got it from a friend who said its unsalvageable but i said i wont be using it because ima rip the 200gb hdd and lightscribe Dvd burner out of it to use in a new build. so i bring it home and it boots up fine and then thinking mabey my friends an ***** it decides to freeze. so i hold the power button for 10 seconds. unplug it for a minute or 2 and plug it back in. i go through that a few times and i try to save the os(it was pirated!?)but i fail. so i install Xp home off the cd that came with my dell and it seems to be running fine now but i have had some problems which i will list.

    Keyboard and/or mouse quit working or dont work
    Monitor doesn't get a signal or i get a message saying invalid sync
    Freezes at Bios screen(where you see Press f1 to... options)
    Freezes while booting
    It only shows i have 384 mb Ram(when the chip says 512)

    I have flashed the bios
    unplugged for several hours(not a jumper or battery i can find)
    Reinstalled windows
    cleaned keyboard and mouse contacts
    removed all unnecessary hardware(modem, dvd drive ect.)

    I do not have to save this computer but id like to turn it into a server of some sort(dns webhosting)

    if anyone can help it would be nice
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,325   +101

    I'd vote for a defective motherboard, given the description.
  3. Gflo

    Gflo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 81

    well im not gonna replace it and it seems to be running fine since i installed XP home on it
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    128Meg being used by Video card

    You have multiple issues, but I would start with Memtest
    Please run Memtest for at least 7 passes (~4Hrs) for a thorough test of your Ram
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