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Computer won't start

By ngen255 ·
My computer was running fine until recently. I left my computer on to go to school, and when I came back I found the computer running with the lights on, but nothing on my monitor. When I tried to restart my computer, I found that the power LED and the fans would turn on, but the computer would not post. There are no beeps either. When I looked at the motherboard, I found that the memory LED does not come on, and my video card fan was not running. Could this be a problem with the motherboard? My system is:

AMD Athlon XP 2600+
Gigabyte GA-7VT600-L
1 GB DDR PC3200 PQI Ram
GeForce 6600GT
500W Power Supply

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by antuck In reply to Computer won't start

There's actually a couple of things it could be.

You could have a bad power supply, a faulty card or drive.

I would be leaning towards a power supply. What kind of power supply is it? You have to becareful with buying cheaper power supplies. Even though they have a high wattage, they eventually cause wierd problems.

If you don't have a power supply and don't want to buy one just to test, You could disconnect all devices and drives leaving just CPU, video card and memory. See if the computer boots. Then connect device back up one at a time. See which one holds the system down.

Some of the AMD boards for the XP chips also had a problem with bad capacitors. Check the capacitors to see if any are buldging or leaking. If they are, you'll need to replace the board.

Have you done any over clocking?

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by ngen255 In reply to

i tried connecting only my video card, cpu, and memory, but still got the same thing. how would I check for bad capacitors? what exactly is a capacitor? i haven't done any overclocking.

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by chanmkr In reply to Computer won't start

firstly check the switch for reset or on off is not stuck
try with shorting
try removing cmos battery

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by 3xp3rt In reply to Computer won't start

Have you tried to unplug the power cable and after plug in and start the computer?
Your description it seams to me a standby or hibernate state of your computer. Also it?s seams the restart button is not functional. In this case the solution is described before.

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by ngen255 In reply to

yea...i tried that. you're right, the restart button doesn't work either. As in, I press the restart button but nothing happens.

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by TABComputers2002 In reply to Computer won't start

Have you tried to start up with just the CPU? Then just with CPU and Video? CPU and Memory? We've had to do this because of errors we were getting. It may help to track it either one was the issue. I know there would be no vid, but hopefully you'll get a beep code. If no luck, I would replace the mother board.

Good luck


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by ngen255 In reply to

Tried this, and still no beeps. It's either the CPU or motherboard...unfortunately I have no spare CPUs lying around...

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Computer won't start

To check for a capacitor leaking look at it, you should not see any goo on the top, sides etc. Also a capacitor may bulge on the top. Any signs of this and you should check out this site. They may beable to replace the capacitors for you, and the site has lots of info on capacitors.

Good Luck!

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by ngen255 In reply to

Nope no bad capacitors.

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