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Computer will not start

By ghostrider119th ·
i just bought all the parts i needed to make my new computer. i am using an AMD athlon XP 2800+ processor, 512 MB DDR RAM, Asus A7N8X motherboard, and ATI Radeon 9700 Pro. when i had all the components hooked together, i started the computer and thebios loaded. next, i started to load windows xp on and it said it needed to format the hard drive. i let it format, then when it restarted, i turned it off. the next day i tried to turn it on, and the monitor did not receive a signal. the case and cpu fans still work, the hard drive is spinning, and the video card has power to it. i don't know if the bios won't load or what, but if anyone could help i really need it thanks

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Check the BIOS settings

by tundraroamer In reply to Computer will not start

Can you reboot enough to get into the bios?

If so check the memory and drive settings. You might try to set those to auto select at first and see if it boots from there.

Check the video settings and the card itself.

Make sure all the PNPdevices are firmly seated.

Can you boot from the CD?

Send Bill $20 as an offering.

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Reset CMOS

by TheChas In reply to Computer will not start

Hi Ghostrider, (any reference to the Marvel Comic?)

I recommend that you clear the CMOS memory, and see if it will now boot.

You may need to unplug the power cord, and remove the CMOS battery for a 1/2 hour or so to clear the memory.

On theearlier versions of the A7 series boards, they only booted properly IF the CPU FSB and multiplier were set manually in BIOS settings.

For whatever reason, the BIOS often defaults to an under-clocked condition, and the AMD CPUs hate being under-clocked.

As a side note, you will usually get more and quicker response to technical questions if you post them in the Technical Q&A section.


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Sounds like CMOS reset is needed

by Oz_Media In reply to Reset CMOS

Gotta agree wioth TheChas, I've seen this before and f&^%$d with it for 3 days before pulling the CMOS battery. With mine it took 24hrs to reset, some Mobo's will give you a CMOS reset button, I don't think yours does though, yank the battery and go to bed, try again tomorrow.

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Upgrade the BIOS

by BELLA101 In reply to Computer will not start

Maybe you should upgrade the BIOS. XP may not support the current.

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by sbaker In reply to Computer will not start

I have heard that some mobo's do not like RAM being in certain dimm slots. This is true more with DDR than PC-133 or PC-100. Try changing out the stick of RAM and putting it in another slot. Also, check your mobo screws that hold it to the case, make sure all of them are properly seated as to get a good connection.

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by n.u.r.v. In reply to Computer will not start

One thing you left out...did you make sure all cards & chips are firmly in place? Please recheck before you touch your BIOS!!!

You sometimes get these wierd problem because a card is loose somewhere.

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