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athlon not making contact with monitor,

By ls2450 ·
what could cause my athlon, 750 mhz, to freeze up when the windows 98se desktop appears and then when turned on again, the monitor doesn't show anything. the computer comes on though, but will not read a drive.

thank;
linda

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by alan.robinson14 In reply to athlon not making contact ...

How "dead" is your computer?
You probably have a Windows 98 Start up Floppy disk (I Hope!). If so what happens when you boot up from this.
If you get to a >C prompt type of screen then not a serious problem. Simply put your Windows 98 CD in thedrive type or e: depending on which is the CD drive.
Then >\SETUP
and reinstall Windows 98.

If your PC doesn't read the floppy, then after boot up press the "del" key or "F2" and try to get to the BIOS SETUP and ensure that Primary Boot drive is set to floppy.

DO NOT be tempted to FDISK or Format your hard disk without having explored all alternatives.

Alan

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by ls2450 In reply to athlon not making contact ...

i have already tried these options. the monitor has a black screen. del didn't bring me to anything. it will not read the a drive or cdrom drive. the machine just turns on and sounds like its reading the hard drive and just sets there.

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by Paul D. Masley In reply to athlon not making contact ...

Before going any further, did you upgrade the processor. If so, unseat the processor and reseat it. Then do the same for the video card and then your memory strips. Over time, these items will loosen and then all it takes is a bump. Do the same for your drive cables. While you have the case open, **** it out. Clean all your fans. If the chip is heating up, these type of systems will appear. It does not take but little time for an overheat. I cooked a PIII 600 in less than a minute due to a fan failure. Godd luck.

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by ls2450 In reply to athlon not making contact ...

i checked the monitor with my other computer and its fine. i took the hard drive out of the athlon and put it in the other machine, its fine. it has not been bumped, it has run fine until now. i put another nvidia riva in it to see if it was thatand it did the same, no picture. the machine is new, haven't used it more than a month.

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by plewis In reply to athlon not making contact ...

I had simular problems after upgrading several systems. Unseat all of the cards, memory and processor. Re-seat them all. Also try resetting the BIOS. Is your video card AGP? Check your BIOS to see which one it is expecting to see first.

Good Luck!

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by ls2450 In reply to athlon not making contact ...

my vidio is AGP. its a sniper II, nvidia rivia tnt2, i put another new one in it, but still received the same response. i am in the process of taking all parts out and resetting them. i'll get back with you. thanks

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by Paul D. Masley In reply to athlon not making contact ...

What kind of Computer is it and what type of video card (PCI or AGP)? If it is a PCI, move it to another slot. If it is AGP, the slot may have failed. Also, check your bios for the video setting, along with your drive setup. You may have a bios virus. I read about one several years ago that would corrupt a bios so bad, that even reflashing it would not cure the problem. The bios chip had to be replaced. Sorry about that type of bad news.

Paul

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by ls2450 In reply to athlon not making contact ...

athlon 500-850, 200 fsb,and the video is agp. can't get to bios, theres no picture on any monitor i try. thanks

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by moethecrow In reply to athlon not making contact ...

Hello,
May need some more info here. Is this the first time you booted this PC and did you put it together yourself. Reason I am asking this is because I built my own system which is an Athlon 650 and when I turn it on initially I have to immediately press the reset button to get it to boot normally, try that. If that does not do it for you we may need some more info like did the system work fine before? If so have you recently added any hardware or software right before this started happening? If this is a self made PC are you sure the memory is compatible with the system board? If you are using different memory DIMMs are they the same speeds? These are a few things that need to be answered before going any further. Hope this helps some.

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by ls2450 In reply to athlon not making contact ...

the computer was working fine before. as a matter of fact, i hadn't turned it on all week before this happened. i know about the reset button and it didn't work. i haven't added any new software or hardware before this happened. i did build this computer. the memory is compatable with the system. thanks

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