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Old 11-13-2005, 10:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CPU/Motherboard Issue


My PC was running fine up until recently when on boot it caked itself before reaching login. What happens now is when i start it up, it doesnt reach bios or load in any form.

My Specs
Intell P4 2.53
1024MB DDR400
Gigabyte SIS655 Socket 478 AGP8x (GA-8SQ800)
WD EIDE Cavair SE (8mb cache ATA\100)

My troubleshooting
At fist i thought it was a graphics issue either with the monitor or the card as i was getting the "no signal" or the monitor would shortly switch to standby, So i tried an alternate monitor and graghics card, neither made any change.

Secondly (perhaps illogically) i suspected the HD, i swapped the HD into another computer, it didnt work. I purchased a new one (same specs but higher volume) It did not work in the computer with the issue but did in another. The old HD worked this time when i tried it in a different computer.

Through a series of queries i think its either the Motherboard or CPU:

There is an amber/orange solid light on the Motherboard.
All fans are working.
All cards have been removed and re-inserted.
Booting without ram alters no symptoms
On load the hard drive lights flicker still.

Any help or further trouble shooting anyone can offer is much appreicaited

Thank you


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Old 11-13-2005, 12:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Check your motherboard manual for what the lights mean usually there are 4 lights that go on during the boot, you say that there is one light and I think that means CPU or Motherboard error, check Mobo manual it may tell you.

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Old 11-13-2005, 07:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply

The manual said the light was the ram LED but that was all, no troubleshooting

I tried using other ram to no avail

Are there any unique symptoms (in this scenario) that may be able to tell me if this is a CPU issue or a motherboard issue?


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Old 11-14-2005, 02:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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it is most likely a ram issue or a blown dimm slot (memory slot) on the motherboard. booting without ram won't work anyway.
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Old 11-14-2005, 05:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply

I was hoping for a different error or a change in what was happening by starting without ram.

I tried new ram and it didnt work, so it maybe the slots which means a new board.

I ordered a new motherboard and processor today

Thanks Mr_Threepwood and nitestick.
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