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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:08 pm
Post subject: Dead computer


My main computer died earlier today Sad

It happened after I installed then un-installed PC Probe.

The fans spun up and just a blank screen. Checked the psu, all voltages correct. But refused to boot, the hard drive sounded as though it went through the motions of initialising.

Went through all the motions, memory out, dead, graphics cards out, dead. Not even a bleep, reset the cmos memory, no effect, so it's either the mobo or cpu, I suspect the mobo as the cpu was quite cool as normal.

Went out and bought a cheap mobo, came home and fired the computer up for a last attempt to get some info of it and the damn thing fired up...

But...Since I reset the cmos stupid windows wanted activating again...But...since my XP disc is OEM it won't let me...Says I gotta get a new COA.

Never had this hassle with err 'backup' copy's of XP...

So... Armed with a new COA, I tried to re-install windows...Still fighting with it...Grrrrr

Gonna put my 'backup' XP on it if the above won't work.

I hate computers...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:27 pm
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Ouch Mate

voltage check your PSU 12, 5, and 3 volts... I learnt the hard way after 2 mobos

Good Luck

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:01 pm
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That does suck Kit. What I've done in the past with a black screen no boot issue is shut down the puter, unplug the power cord for 30 seconds to 'bleed' off the residual power. Plug the cord back in and see if that works.

For the No Windows boot issue, did you try changing the BIOS clock to an earlier date?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:36 am
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Yep, checked the psu first, all voltages correct 12v,5,3,-12v and on the correct pins Smile Including the separate 'rails'. It's an OCZ psu 700w so it aint under much stress...lol.

During the course of testing for the fault, the cmos was reset with the jumper trick which automatically reset the RTC back to the year 2000 I think it was...lol, maybe I should have done the vista trick and gone the other way... Smile

Anyways, after five hours sleep I resume battle, the OS is back on the machine, all updated and an image took of the hard drive as a basic install, so if it goes horribly wrong during my fight with the COA then I can just restore the image and start again.

Bloody Norton.

Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 7:20 am
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*whistles all innocent-like.

Skwerl's place.

Com-Central's cutest, fluffiest, twitchiest, tail.
CPU > Intel i9-9900k (o/c 4.9GHz); COOLING > BeQuiet! Dark Rock Pro 4;
MOBO > ASUS PRIME Z390-A; RAM > 2x32GB Corsair LPX 2666MHz;
GPU > Gigabyte GEFORCE GTX650Ti PCI-e 3.0 2Gb GDDR5;
AUDIO > Creative X-Fi Xtreme Music (plus - Universal Audio UAD2 Quad Custom accelerator);
HDD > 3x1TB+ M.2. SSDs; LCD > DELL - S2419HGF (1920x1080);
PSU > 650W be quiet Straight Power 11 - 80+ Gold;
CASE > BeQuiet! SILENT BASE 601; OS > Windows 10 Home Advanced (64-bit).
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 8:34 am
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- Shades

*whistles all innocent-like.

Gone for Acronis True Image, works quite well and networkable. Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:30 am
Post subject: Re: Dead computer

Just a tip

I have in the past had trouble resetting CMOS with the jumper.

Put the jumper to reset..
Take out the mobo battery
Short the battery connections.. (leave for a couple of minutes)
Reinstall battery
Swap CMOS reset jumper

This should then guarantee your rig boots with default (safe ) BIOS settings.

I have used this technique to resurrect a few apparently dead Mobo's

Hope you crack it mate, I need a medic in the squad Laughing


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