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Pc problem, computer doesn't start

By teraside ·
Good day. I have got a pc with a Epox Ep 3VCM+ motherboard and 128mb 133 SDRam. The problem is the pc does not start. When I press the button to start up the computer, the power comes on, but there is no power on the monitor or keyboard. I don't know what to check. This is a recent fault, since the pc worked fine for months. Please help if you can. I am not sure what processor is installed, since the motherboard supports both Cyrix and Pentium III.
Thanks alot. Jako Alberts

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by Breydel In reply to Pc problem, computer does ...

I have already answered your question under the hardware section - please don't post in multiple locations.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Pc problem, computer does ...

Start by pulling the cover and cleaning it out. The apply power and see what fans if any are running. If there is nothing working at all make sure that everything is plugged in correctly and try again.

Are you hearing any beeps from the computer? If you are list the beep number and type eg 3 short beeps followed by a single long beep. The Beep codes are unique for each M'Board but they do tell you what if anything is actually going on with the M'Board, CPU, RAM combination and you can do some basic fault finding from just listening to the beeps.

If there is no response at all try replacing the Power Supply as these do go bad and cut down the output current so that things will not work particularly it it's been overtaxed in the power demand department.

As Epox no longer lists that M'Board on its Web Site There isn't a lot more I can suggest. The obvious thing is to clean out any crud & dust that has been sucked into the case and re-seat the parts but for the time being leave the CPU alone. If the Heat-sink has come off the CPU that will be dead but if it's still in place just pulling out any plug in cards and RAM may get things working again just remember to power down and remove the power cord before removing anything and grab the case on a metal part before you stick your fingers inside so you do not discharge a static jolt into the internals of the case.

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by willcomp In reply to Pc problem, computer does ...

Time for a capacitor (cap) inspection. Check caps on motherboard and see if any are bulging or leaking. Tops should be flat and no leakage.

Caps are the little metal "cans" located on motherboard. Critical ones are usually near CPU socket.

Dalton

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by TracyF In reply to Pc problem, computer does ...

Sounds RAM to me but you could d/l & burn Feather Linux live ( http://featherlinux.berlios.de/ ) & set the PC to boot from CD.

If Feather goes- it's not RAM (nor hardware, in general) but a MS issue...

Tracy

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by prasantjain In reply to Pc problem, computer does ...

HI,
1. YOUR MOTHERBOARD BATTERY MIGHT BE DEAD. CHANGE IT.
2. CHECK YOUR SMPS. IF CD-ROM DRIVE EJECTS AFTER POWER ON. SMPS MIGHT BE WORKING.

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