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Old 03-31-2009, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a problem with my old computer (let's call it Computer X), and I'm seeking help.

Computer X has these specs
OS: Windows XP
CPU: AMD Athlon XP +1800
Memory: 2 x 512mb
Motherboard: MB VIAK T333 6P1A3D KX7 - 333R ABIT
Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum EX
Vodeo Card: ATI Radeon 8500 LE 128MB

When I turn on Computer X, I hear fans spinning, the LEDs on the optical drives are blinking briefly, the motherboard's LED is on, and so that means everything has power. But then I get a blank screen. No Windows XP loading screen. No DOS calculation stuff. Nothing.

So I thought maybe it's the video card. I moved Computer X's video card to Computer Y. But Computer Y works with Computer X's video card. So the video card is not the problem.

Does anyone know anything else I should try in order to find/solve the problem?
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Try clearing the CMOS.

Unplug the computer from power, press the power button a few times to drain extra power. Remove the silver coin battery on the board for a few minutes. Reinsert the battery, power the computer on.
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Try clearing the CMOS.

Unplug the computer from power, press the power button a few times to drain extra power. Remove the silver coin battery on the board for a few minutes. Reinsert the battery, power the computer on.
Wow! It works! You solved it in one post! THANK YOU!
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No problem, glad it was just a simple fix .
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Very nice *claps*

Next step was going to be either smashing your mobo or RMA :P
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Try clearing the CMOS.

Unplug the computer from power, press the power button a few times to drain extra power. Remove the silver coin battery on the board for a few minutes. Reinsert the battery, power the computer on.
I probably wouldnt have even bothered to say that, but i guess it should always be a first step. :laughing:
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I probably wouldnt have even bothered to say that, but i guess it should always be a first step. :laughing:
Usually is anyway .
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i'm in the same situation and i tried removing the cmos battery. no luck.
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I would assume you don't have onboard graphics to fall back on, korky? If you can test your GFX card in another computer that would rule it out. If you could use onboard GFX, or another card that you know is good, you could rule out the mobo. Test the monitor with another computer to see if it is the problem.

From what I see, it would be one of those... GFX card, mobo, or monitor.
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i'm in the same situation and i tried removing the cmos battery. no luck.
Sometimes memory problems have caused this type of error for me as well. Sometimes. Try taking out your memory and reseating it and if that doesn't work try replacing it - of course this is all contingent on ruling out a bad graphics card.
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