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Motherboard Issues???

By pobrien ·
I have a 4 year old server that I am trying to bring back from the dead. I am relatively new to the industry so please forgive my uneducated question. When I start the server it does not beep. The CD-ROM light is on and appears to be working. There is a tape drive which has a light that is illuminated. The floppy drive light is not on.
Now my problem is that the screen on the monitor is not working. I have tested the monitor and confirmed that it has power and is working. I have tested the video card and confirmed it is working. I have replaced the floppy drive and confirmed that it is not the issue either.
At this point all I can think of is that it is the motherboard. Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can get a picture on my monitor??
Thank you for helping me out!!

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by T DUB In reply to Motherboard Issues???

I would disconnect all devices in the PC except the video card. Make sure the floppy, CD, Network card, SCSI card, and hard drives are disconnected also. Power the Server back up and see if the BIOS screen shows up. If it does come back up then start putting things back in the server one at time. Until the server fails.

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by pobrien In reply to Motherboard Issues???

I disconnected everything except for the video card and still no BIOS screen. I have decided to change the motherboard. Thanks for the response.

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by Jack-of-all-trades In reply to Motherboard Issues???

It could be the motherboard, but with nothing happening, how do you know it has a bootable hard disk? Have you tried booting from the floppy drive (using any bootable floppy)? Does the system even TRY to go to the floppy drive? (It should make a couple passes at trying, IF it was set up to boot from A:). If you get no Power-On-self-test (POST) on screen, chances are good it's a bad Motherboard. You didn't say, but does the mother have built-in controllers for other thing, or are they on cards?I don't know if this helps....

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by pobrien In reply to Motherboard Issues???

When turning on the system, it never even tried to go to the floppy drive. Decided to change the motherboard. Thanks.

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by jeffers In reply to Motherboard Issues???

Make sure all of you IDE cables are connected correctly. Then ensure everything is is seated firmly in the relevant sockets on the motherboard. Finally try clearing the CMOS by taking the battery out for about 10 seconds (this will reset the BIOS toit default values)then putting it back in and then power the machine on...

Also do you hear the hard disks spin up? if one of them has failed that could give the symptoms you are describing..

Good luck and keep me posted.

Paul

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by pobrien In reply to Motherboard Issues???

Checked all the connections, the cards and cables were seated properly. It sounded as if the hard disks were spinning. Did not see any change when pulling the battery and re-seating it. Decided to change the motherboard. Thanks.

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by seana In reply to Motherboard Issues???

If the keyboard lights do not flash as well as the screen not coming on, then I would say it is definately your motherboard or bios. Time to replace !!!!

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by pobrien In reply to Motherboard Issues???

Helped me to narrow it down to the motherboard. Thanks.

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by kda740 In reply to Motherboard Issues???

with just the power supply, video card and ram plugged in you should get a bios screen. If not I would chk out the ram 1st, if it's ok check out the cpu on a known good mtbd.

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by pobrien In reply to Motherboard Issues???

Checked out the ram & cpu. Decided it was the motherboard. Thanks.

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