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PC Won't Boot

By hpywndrer ·
I'm running XP2 on an AMD Athlon 2.5 Ghz or thereabouts with 512 MB of RAM. The system is about a year and a half old, and I had to change the power supply about 9 months ago.

The system started rebooting on its own periodically, on a seemingly random basis. This went on for a period of about one month, then the system died and now won't boot at all.

When turned on, the lights on the CD and DVD-ROM drives flash as though going through the normal boot process, but I cannot boot from either drive (CD nor DVD), nor will the machine boot from the hard drive; pressing ESC, which is my bail-out into the BIOS setup does not work, nor does F8 boot me into Safe Mode.

A visual inspection of the mother board and components does not show any obvious signs of burning or shorting, disconnected or cut wires or anything loose.

What am I missing? What's my next step? Any ideas are appreciated.



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Well, Chas, resetting the CMOS got the machine booting again, thank you very much. And thank you, Dalton, for your input as well. Now that its booting, I think the mobo's fried anyway, because the BIOS calendar is off. I'll post a new question concerning that. Thanks again, guys!

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