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motherboard or power supply problem

By zick ·
my pc will not start.there is power going to the motherboard(cause the leds do flash), but that's as far as it goes.

when it first started acting up it gave the error "hdd hard disk failure"

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by jschein In reply to motherboard or power sup ...

Does it make any beeps?

Remove all video cards, network cards, memory..

Does it beep?

If no.. bad motherboard.

If it does, place in memory, try again... beep?

Put in video card, Does it beep / show initial boot up screen?

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by peab4yougo In reply to motherboard or power sup ...

"HDD Hard disk failure" sounds to me like the sys can't see your hard drive, and therefore, cannot boot to C:.

Try booting to a floppy. If that works, you'll need to check and, possibly, replace your HDD. Check for things like loose data/power cables to and from the drive. Check the BIOS and be sure that your HDD is being detected. Remember that the BIOS calls the first drive "HDD0" (zero).

If you can't boot to floppy, you could be seeing a motherboard problem...particularly your IDE controller.

Without more symptoms, that's all I have.

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by Pooh_Bear In reply to motherboard or power sup ...

Like the other replies sounds like sys not detecting hard disk..when your system starts it will beep.ram count. the leds flash then it detects your hard drives. You should then see your hard drive detected on the screen, if not you will need to go into the bios setup and check the settings,and see if it will detect hdd maybe you should try a hdd that you know is good.
Also is hdd on the primary controler and is the hdd set as master,not as a slave just check incase.
cheers Bruce

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by zick In reply to

sorry ,already tried that...it does not even get to the initial boot up screen.

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by TheChas In reply to motherboard or power sup ...

Replace the CMOS back-up battery and reset the CMOS memory.

I suspect that the battery is getting weak and has left the BIOS settings in a corrupt state.

Chas

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by zick In reply to

too high tech and sinister

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