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Palestine Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 03:43 PM
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Computer Question
My computer powers up, the keyboard flashes once,
and that is it. There is no power to the keyboard after
the initial flash and nothing comes up on the monitor.
The lights on front of the computer stay on and the
CD drives open and close. What is the problem?

(I am using my spare machine at this time.)
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LTR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 03:47 PM
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1. check the connection
Might be loose.

Otherwise, get a new keyboard. They're cheap.
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Palestine Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 03:51 PM
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3. the screen stays black
should not the screen show the Windows logo?
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 03:50 PM
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2. make sure your speaker is hooked up
It sounds like it's failing its power-up-sequence. Often this is because of loose or blown RAM.

The speaker may give a series of coded beeps telling you what's wrong (see motherboard manufacturer's website).
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Palestine Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 03:52 PM
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5. interesting
the speaker was off.
I will try that now.
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Mojambo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 04:04 PM
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10. I agree with the RAM idea
I'd swap in some new RAM and probably look into trying a new power supply. If neither of those are bad then it's probably a motherboard problem.
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Palestine Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 04:11 PM
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11. I tightened the RAM and it works!
I would never have guessed that.
Thank You
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 04:12 PM
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12. damn I'm good
I'd better be. I do this for a living.
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Palestine Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 04:18 PM
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14. That is the last thing I would have guessed
You saved my bacon.
(And I don't even eat bacon :)
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 05:02 PM
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15. Glad to be of help
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 03:52 PM
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4. Sounds like a motherboard problem
Had to have mine replaced when it acted this way. Cost me about $250.
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Palestine Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 03:53 PM
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6. I hope that's not it
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 03:57 PM
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7. All I can say is, . . .
. . . I had a problem with my computer a few months back, where I would turn it on, it would begin to boot, I could hear the hard drive spinning up for a second or two, then bloop, nothing.

Took it in and they said the motherboard had gone. Thankfully, not the processor.
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LTR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 03:59 PM
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8. How's the monitor?
Is it old?

It could have fried. Same thing happened to me.
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Palestine Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 04:01 PM
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9. luckily, the monitor works
I am using it now :)
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Palestine Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 04:13 PM
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13. Thank you all for fixing my machine
What a relief!
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