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By graemeduncan ·
I am trying to revive an old pentium that I have, unfortunately it will not even boot up from a boot disk. System goes through detecting the Hard disk and CD and then hangs when reporting the EDO RAM.

I've tried different RAM and changing settings in the BIOS but no joy.

I know its a long shot but does anyone have any suggestions?

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by Kevin Brown In reply to Reviving an old PC

Have you tried using non EDO Ram?

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by graemeduncan In reply to Reviving an old PC

Tried this but no joy here.

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by pVp In reply to Reviving an old PC

Dust.

Trying vacuuming the innards of this box. Get over, under, the edges, connectors, etc. looking for dust, hair, dead bugs. Fan blades and the power supply build up static charges that attract dust.

This also applies to the insides of monitors, but if you don't know where the high voltages are and how to discharge them, stay out. 25-40K volts WILL KILL YOU.

I've revived many old machines with a screwdriver and a vacuum cleaner!

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by graemeduncan In reply to Reviving an old PC

Tried this still not working, not sure where to go now??

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by savvy In reply to Reviving an old PC

Try changing the power supply.

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by graemeduncan In reply to Reviving an old PC

Sadly don't have another PS to try

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by pVp In reply to Reviving an old PC

At this point, I'd starting inspecting boards for cracks, meltdowns, hot spots--use a magnifying glass.

Check that all socketed chips are properly seated.

Replace the power supply--they're not that expensive, especially compared to a new box.

However, nothing lasts forever! Hardware degrades just from using it--things expand/contract internally from the heat generated by power usage, and there eventually comes a point where too many things are far enough out of tolerance to allow the box to live.

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by graemeduncan In reply to Reviving an old PC

I have decided to go down the route of purchasing a new motherboard for this PC, it seems cheaper than a complete new system.

Thanks

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