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    Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
    « on: November 01, 2008, 07:03:53 AM »
    I have a EMachines w/ athlon 64 3200+ processor running on XP home. This PC has onboard video.

    Recently I developed a strange problem. The monitor goes crazy (screen garbled) on boot, clears up and the next time I boot I get no monitor, and the HDD is spinning but no boot that I can tell. (Since I have no screen, I don't know if it is booting or not) I Googled the problem and followed the suggestions. Remove and reinsert RAM, remove and reseat all cables, remove all cables except for power cable to MB. Nothing. The next day I reinstalled all cables except for peripherals and the PC booted up fine.Worked for two weeks. Then same thing happened. Did the same procedure as before, tested PSU OK, replaced PSU, Replaced RAM. Purchased a new video card but can't install it because the first thing I need to do is disable the onboard video. Can't see anything on the monitor so I can't do that.

    BTW, I connected another PC to the monitor using the same cable and the monitor is fine.
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    Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
    « Reply #1 on: November 01, 2008, 09:17:52 AM »
    Some vid cards do this automatically when they are installed...what make and model is it ? ?
    Also what brand and wattage PSU did you put in there ?
       
     
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      Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
      « Reply #2 on: November 01, 2008, 08:44:17 PM »
      The vid card was a visiontek radeon 7k. Visiontek support told me I needed to disable the onboard vid. The PSU is a KDM 350w, tested OK.
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      Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
      « Reply #3 on: November 02, 2008, 02:23:30 AM »
      It may seem i'm being stubborn about the PSU but how was it tested ? ?
      It's not a brand name i'm familiar with...

      You could try booting up in safemode by tapping F8 rapidly while powering up...if the video works there (it will be a lower resolution by default ) you could disable the onboard from there for the card installation.

      eMachines are notorious for underpowered PSU's.
         
       
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        Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
        « Reply #4 on: November 02, 2008, 05:22:02 AM »
        I tried the safe mode and couldn't boot up. I replaced the 300w PSU with a 350w psu. I used a PSU tester to test it.

        I'm saying the HDD is spinning but it doesn't flicker like it is booting. I'm just assuming it's booting. No beeps but I don't think EMachines beep at startup. My other EMachine doesn't beep on startup.
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        Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
        « Reply #5 on: November 02, 2008, 06:32:11 AM »
        When you say safemode wouldn't boot what does this mean ? ?
        Did you get nothing on the screen ? ?

        You may have a failing hard drive here...
           
         
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          Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
          « Reply #6 on: November 02, 2008, 01:20:33 PM »
          I'm beginning to think that. Like I mentioned, the HDD is spinning (light lit solid, not flickering like it was reading data), but no screen at all. Very strange that it would stop working, run fine for about two weeks then crash again.
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          Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
          « Reply #7 on: November 02, 2008, 02:54:28 PM »
          When you say safemode wouldn't boot what does this mean ? ?
          Did you get nothing on the screen ? ?

          You may have a failing hard drive here...

             
           
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            Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
            « Reply #8 on: November 02, 2008, 07:04:12 PM »
            I tried booting in the safe mode (F8) and got nothing on the screen. I also tried booting from my XP disk to see if could do a repair of XP. Wouldn't boot from cd.
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            Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
            « Reply #9 on: November 03, 2008, 07:23:46 AM »
            Failing/Dead HDD...
            Failing PSU...
            Something is not hooked up properly...
               
             
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              Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
              « Reply #10 on: November 03, 2008, 07:41:00 AM »
              HDD test OK. I put it in my external HDD and I was able to see the files on my other PC. PSUs test out OK but I'll test them again.
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              Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
              « Reply #11 on: November 03, 2008, 11:32:49 PM »
              corrupt gfx card memory?

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                Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
                « Reply #12 on: November 04, 2008, 04:43:48 AM »
                What is gfx card memory?
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                Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
                « Reply #13 on: November 04, 2008, 06:16:55 AM »
                A pretty wild guess i would say...

                The tests you have done still won't determine anything...
                PSU testers do not test under load so may not be that accurate.
                Borrow a known working PSU of the same or greater wattage and swap it in there.

                A bad/failing HDD will sometimes work perfectly fine for periods of time.
                Just hooking up to an external enclosure and accessing the data also proves nothing.
                DLoad and run the FREE diagnostics from the HDD manuf. website. Use the instructions provided to create a bootable CD and run the long test.
                   
                 
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                  Re: Can't boot to windows or monitor doesn't work
                  « Reply #14 on: November 04, 2008, 10:52:50 AM »
                  I have three spare HDDs. Why can't I boot from CD to any HDD? I'm beginning to think its either the processor or MB.
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