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Doesn't Get Past Post

Q: Doesn't Get Past Post

I have an Dell Optiplex GX260 that isn't going past POST. It ends with "press F1 to continue, F2 to enter SETUP" (or something similar) Pressing F1 does not good, it just repeats the phrase. Entering SETUP shows that the HD and CD is unknown. The date is correct so the battery is probably okay. The HD is probably wiped, but I can't be sure at this point. (The other HDs on the Optiplex computers we received were all wiped.) With the CD listed as unknown, even if I got the computer to move forward, I would be unable to install XP. I tried changing the HD but it made no difference. I also checked to see that all cables were connected. The RAM was seated correctly and worked in another computer.

I won't be back at PCs4People until Thursday, but any ideas you have for me I will try to implement then.
Thanks

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A: Doesn't Get Past Post

Welcome to BC CaroleAnne

Sorry to hear about your problem, you have come to the right place - I'm sure we can shed some light on your problem!

Just some things to consider:
- How long has this problem occured?
- Any strange messages prior to the comptuer failing the POST?
- Did anything strange happen prior to the problem?
- What operating system are you using?
- Does the computer make any beeping noises?

Am I right in thinking that your computer has a set of four lights on the back panel labeled A, B, C & D?

Hope this helps so far!!

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Hello, I'm running Win Vista HP x 64. My computer starts up fine (lights/fans work) but I can't get to the post test nor does my keyboard or mouse work. just a black screen with no video display.

Some other thread said that I had to pop out the mobo battery to reset the CMOS but I have absolutely no idea where they are on this mobo. Here are some shots of my motherboard. Maybe you guys could tell me where this battery is supposed to be. ASUS, btw.

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A:Computer doesn't get past POST

I get no beeps, all is black. Was working perfectly yesterday. *scratches head*

Maybe this is not the problem? The CMOS? I just want this fixed. I got a raid tomorrow. Bit o help for a comrade?

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As the title says, my computer will no longer get past the POST. When I start my computer up, the fans come on, I have two lights come on on my motherboard (a red and a green one), my front-panel LED's come on and everything is just like normal except there is no beep. Nothing further comes actually, no screen signal no nothing, I know the computer isn't just advancing past that because my mouse/keyboard don't light up either. This problem just came up out of the blue, I switched it off as normal at night, woke up in the morning to switch it on, and i'm stuck where I am now.

What do you think the deffective part is here? I've removed pretty much everything but the bare essentials for the PC to POST but still no luck. (Correct me if i'm wrong, but you only need your Mobo, CPU, PSU and a stick of RAM to POST?)

Specs:
Abit NF7 Motherboard
AMD Athlon XP3000+ CPU
1GB (2x 512MB, Dual Channel) Corsair TwinX CL2 400mhz RAM
Geforce 6800 128mb (AGP8x) Graphics card
Antec 380w PSU (I checked on a website that my calculated required wattage for my machine should be 250w)

I think that's all, if you need any more information just ask, thanks for any help!
 

A:I can't get past the POST.

You are correct in you assumption of what you need to make a computer post.

Check your psu as per this thread HERE. If that doesn`t help, try another psu. If it`s still no go, then probably your mobo has died.

Regards Howard
 

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hello to you all,, when i switch my pc on . my screen says no signal, and then goes blank.. i have been told my pc will not go past post???? please could someone explain ..i am using an old pc at the moment ..many thanks martin ....

A:will not go past post..

POST stands for Power On Self Test.

Your computer runs some tests before windows starts, hen will beep the error codes, or beep once for all good.

What happens when you push power? Fans spin, any lights on the front light up?

If absolutely nothing, its your power supply which died. If not, it could be lots.

Did yhou move it or bump it recently?

Is there a model number on the front? as "packard bell/ 6997220100" isn't the model.

Hopefully we can get you runnning again quickly.

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My computer has been getting stuck when it starts up on the black screen with the "_" in the top left, this started when I changed the graphics options in BIOS to switchable graphics mode, I have opened my laptop and removed the small round battery for 30 secs and then turned it on for it to just restart 3 times then return to the black screen, any help?

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Quote: Originally Posted by Morzie


My computer has been getting stuck when it starts up on the black screen with the "_" in the top left, this started when I changed the graphics options in BIOS to switchable graphics mode, I have opened my laptop and removed the small round battery for 30 secs and then turned it on for it to just restart 3 times then return to the black screen, any help?


Don't understand you. Did it restart 3 times so booted succesfully?
What is "switchable graphics mode"?

You removed the battery so bios settings are default now. Hope defaults work on computer... most of the time it does.

You get a black screen with text cursor on top left... is it blinking? Does it appear before bios, so you cant even change bios settings?

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I've tried sifting through the search on previous threads, but I still have a couple unanswered questions after reading everything, so forgive me if this is a repost of some sort. I have a gateway GT5228 from a customer that will not boot past the post screen. I've heard about resetting the bios, or possibly a bad motherboard all-together. What I've done so far is disconnected everything in the system and removed the ram, to rule out a hardware issue. Still the same thing. I'm not sure how to do a bios reset, so I'll need help on that. Could the motherboard need the bios flashed? If so, I would also need help with info on how to do it.
 

A:Won't go past POST

Are you certain the hard drive is good. This is a common symptom of a defective or failed hard drive.
 

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I recently built a pc for light gaming and the such, and it was working perfectly. But randomly it decides to stop working and wont even give me the beep to confirm boot. All fans still turn on, lights still work. When i remove the RAM I get the beep error and when i put it back in i get nothing. I?ve tried resetting the bios with the jumper, removing everything apart from the cpu and ram and achieved nothing but a startup with no boot. Any ideas?
 

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Sys: W2K, SP4; IE6, 512megs SDRAM, 1.2 gig AMD Athlon CPU, ECS K7SEM mobo, Award 6 Bios.

Problem: Upon system startup, power comes on, but nothing else--no beep to indicated the system has entered POST. After several tries, it will finally beep and the harware will come to life.

Once working it will usually keep working as you'd normally expect as power cycle to work. It's mainly after sever hours of being off and now always, over night that the error occurs--no power to the hardware, until several tries.

History: Recently been hit with many Trojans & viruses. They've made it past my NAT router, past my software firewall and have taken apart my McAfee AV program. But they have been contained, before they could do any damage, so I hoped, except I just got a bounced email yesterday, that shows I have been spoofed and my address book copied and is being sent to. So a Trojan got in.

I have SpyBot S&D, Ad-aware, McAfee VS8, two firewalls going. I have cleaned all the viruses/Trojans off the system, out of the registry with S&D, Ad-Aware, VS8, Trendmicros VS and Pandasofts VS programs. As well as using CWShreeder, MRU Blaster, BHO removers, HiJackThis.
The system is clean. no hidden files, every thing ok. It doesn't seem to be an OS problem.

A week ago, my power supply went out.
I replaced it.
It's since replacing it and getting all the viurs/trojan hits that the problem has begun.

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A:pre-POST failure. no beep, sys doesn't go to POST

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I'm not sure if this is a hardware problem but I cannot make any better guesses so I'm writing here.

I was using Win 7 and because of some problems, I decided to format and install WinXP. I formatted, installed and after first restart, laptop is stuck at POST screen. Keyboard (caps lock, num lock) etc is working, when I press f2, it says `entering BIOS` but doesn't do anything.

Even the statement of the problem would be greatly appreciated as I cannot understand it and cannot do anything.
 

A:Can't get past POST screen

What was the problem you had that made you change from W7 back to XP, please?

If it is not going beyond POST then it is definitely a hardware issue. Is this a new computer, has someone built it for you?

Have you done anything new to this computer recently? Upgraded memory, or anything changed?
 

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Hi, I am new here.

My friend just built a computer and it won't go past post. It won't allow him into the bios and makes no beeps. There is no os on the system yet.

The motherboard is a gigbyte ga-ep45-ds3r with an intel e7300 and corsair cm2x1024-6400c4, palit hd4850, and a 500w ocz psi.

I have tried running one stick of ram, re-seating everything and clearing the CMOS and nothing has worked so any ideas would be great
 

A:Computer won't get past post

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Maybe in relation to this thread a while ago that Allen was kindly helping me with. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic467548.html/page__p__2830141#entry2830141Just freezes, No prior warning. esc to boot mode says loading then freezes.Was previously saying HD failure is imminent please back up. Tried unplugging both HD and rebooting leaving one connected, Removed one of the rams, unplugged all USB's, reset bio battery.Any thing else i can do?All i want is the HD files but not got another tower here. Not paying a PC shop ?50 an hour to recover the data.system info

A:Post Cant boot past bios

hi there i retreve HD data for my friends do you have the make model and serial code of your hard drive ?? email me at hot mail co uk

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Booting hangs at the screen with the revolving dots progress animation.
 
My machine has two hard disks in it.  One is loaded with Win 10, recently upgraded automatically from Win 7 Pro.  The other disk i recently installed Win 7 Pro on.  Both were working okay until last week when i logged on and got a message that my E:\ drive (the one with Win 10) needed to have CHKDSK run on it.  CHKDSK ran and it's last action before quitting was to go through every single security ID file and replace it with "default security ID" files.  Over 700,000 files.  It took over 8 hours to complete this process.  After that I could no longer boot into the disk that ran Win 10.  I also couldn't access that disk from my other hard drive (the one running Win 7) even after repeatedly changing security permissions by entering the disk properties preferences menu.  I ran a virus check using Avast Antivirus.  It found several medium-level threats and repaired them.  However, that disk still remains inaccessible to me with any program or while booting up.  I've tried using the BIOS setup menu to change the order of drive booting, and even disconnected the other drive.  No luck there.  
 
At first i was sure it was a system problem, but now i'm starting to believe it might be a virus.
 
I would appreciate any assistance.  Thanks very much.
 
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A:Win 10, Can't Get Past MOBO POST Screen

I'd suggest posting over in the Am I Infected forum:  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/
Please read the pinned topics at the top of the forum for instructions on how to post there.
While waiting for a reply, please run these free hardware diagnostics:  http://www.carrona.org/hwdiag.html
Please start with the hard drive diagnostics on all of your hard drives.
 
Then, when given the all clear from the malware experts, feel free to post back to this topic if the problem continues.

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Hi,I'm running XP Pro,and it will not boot at all,all I get is the POST screen,when it's first turns the ps2 keyboard light comes on then off real fast so I can't get into BIOS at all,USB mouse works in one usb port only,the fan runs but nothing else happen's,It has on board video and I have already tried a known good power supply and and another memory stick with no help,I've also reset the CMOS & I also reseated the BIOS Chip and nothing helps.There are no beeps unless I take out the ram.I know the hard drive is good because it will boot up in a different pc.Wondering If a corrupt bios could cause this or is the motherboard bad.Any help would be greatly appreciated !!!
 

A:Emachine W3052 cant get past POST

I can't quite work out how you know a USB mouse works but if it doesn't can you use a USB keyboard to tap Del or whatever to get into BIOS? Use the same USB port as the one the mouse works in - you won't need a mouse in BIOS but you might find a setting to allow a full POST with on-screen details..
 

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Booting hangs at the screen with the revolving dots progress animation.
 
My machine has two hard disks in it.  One is loaded with Win 10, recently upgraded automatically from Win 7 Pro.  The other disk i recently installed Win 7 Pro on.  Both were working okay until last week when i logged on and got a message that my E:\ drive (the one with Win 10) needed to have CHKDSK run on it.  CHKDSK ran and it's last action before quitting was to go through every single security ID file and replace it with "default security ID" files.  Over 700,000 files.  It took over 8 hours to complete this process.  After that I could no longer boot into the disk that ran Win 10.  I also couldn't access that disk from my other hard drive (the one running Win 7) even after repeatedly changing security permissions by entering the disk properties preferences menu.  I ran a virus check using Avast Antivirus.  It found several medium-level threats and repaired them.  However, that disk still remains inaccessible to me with any program or while booting up.  I've tried using the BIOS setup menu to change the order of drive booting, and even disconnected the other drive.  No luck there.  
 
At first i was sure it was a system problem, but now i'm starting to believe it might be a virus.
 
I would appreciate any assistance.  Thanks very much.
 
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A:Win 10, Can't Get Past MOBO POST Screen

Update to my post:
 
I ran Emsisoft Anti-Malware, targeting the problematic drive.  It found no threats.  
 
Upon looking at the "properties" menu for that drive, it claimed (with the pie graphic) that the drive had no unused space at all on it, but i know that the last time i was able to log into that drive, almost 50 percent of that disk was free space.

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Ok, this is a really weird one. All was going fine one day and suddenly my pc blue screened while just sitting idle. Then it blue screened every time I tried to restart. I figured I would just whip out the xp cd and reinstall. It blue screened half way through several times but with different numbers every time. I've moved it to a different room where I can access it more easily and now it will boot through POST and black screen. If I try and install xp, it makes it to "inspecting your computers hardware configuration" and locks up there. I ran a 24 hour memory test with Linux Knoppix and came up fine; even tried memory out of another pc. I've used two other processors that all work fine in another pc. I've tried multiple video cards with no luck. I've run all 3 hard drives in another pc with no problems. I've tried booting with only one drive, two drives, no cd-rom and I've even gone througha large ammount of cables that all tested good.
Now, here's the strange part... I tested the cmos battery and it read right at 3v so I know it's good, but if I unplug the power it resets everything. The other odd thing is I've always config'd my drives as master/slave; I just never got in the habbit of using cable select. Now, all of the sudden, with the drives set to master/slave, the bios will not recognize the drives at all on the primary or secondary IDE but, if I set them to cable select they show up instantly where as the h... Read more

A:computer won't boot past POST

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hey guys, i bought an internal card reader that connects via the usb pins on mobo, connected it and didn't turn on the pc for a few days, upon turning it on the damn thing wouldn't get past post, i unplugged the card reader and tried again but same issue, eventually from trial and error i pinpointed that when my samsung writemaster was unplugged windows would boot, my pioneer dvd ram drive still works fine..

ok the strange part... when i go into bios and unplug the pioneer and plug in the samsung while in bios then discard changes and try again it gets through post and into windows where the samsung works perfectly fine... :S

any help greatly appreciated guys, cheers
 

A:Wont get past POST with dvd-rw connected

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I'm not sure where the right forum for this is but here goes.

I'm trying to build my first computer from the ground up, and it isn't working. The computer will boot up and post fine and I can get into the bios with no problems. Everything is configured correctly, all of my hardware is detected, the boot sequence is set right, but I cannot get this machine to boot from a disk. After post I get this perfectly normal message;

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot Device and press a key"

If I put a Windows Vista disk in the drive the blinking underscore drops down a line and just sits there. I let it sit for over an hour and still it blinks away at me, mocking me. Ive tried this over and over again and double checked everything a few more times then what would probably be considered sane and it refuses to boot from the disk. Now the odd thing is if I insert a Windows XP disc it does the same thing, but after about a minute it just prints that message on the screen again and waits for me to press any key. Once its read the disc and decided its not good enough I can press the any key all I want and it keeps printing that message on the screen, but without the one minute delay. If I put any other random non bootable disk it doesnt take a minute, regardless the size of the disk, it instantly recognizes it as non-bootable and prints that message on screen as soon as I press a key. That part confuses the hell out... Read more

A:Cant get past POST/install Windows

Make sure that the either

1. The HDD is set for Primary Master (MA) and the DVD-RW for Primary Slave (SL)
or
2. Both are set for Cable Select (CS)
 

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I have recently done a full (slow) format on a Maxtor DiamondMax 21 250g hard drive that is less than a year old. However, I can no longer get past the post screen. I can't even enter setup. It does detect the drive at post but stops right there. Can anyone help please?
 

A:Can not get past post or enter setup.

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I was moving out yesterday and, not thinking, I pulled the power cord straight out the back of my computer without powering it down first.

*Crap*

I go to plug it back in and now it simply sits on that stupid ACER screen that first appears when booting. It seems completely unresponsive to keyboard commands, will not boot up using the recovery disk I've inserted, and when booting it never reached that distinctive "beep" that has always indicated a successful boot for this computer.

I've removes the CMOS battery and let it sit for a few hours, reinserted it to no avail. This computer acts like it will never get past the ACER screen again, and it's a very nice computer. The only thing I haven't been able to confirm is if it is the power supply that's damaged. Power appears to be fine, all the fans are running, the computer "winds up" like it usually does but instead of that blissful beep, I just hear a slight winding down and a "click click click" followed by the droll hum of a computer that's powered up but not booting up. Some websites suggest that even a power supply that's bad can still power up a computer, but I have no way of knowing for sure if that's the problem.

Any advice would be really helpful, it is a pretty expensive computer but it's always been reliable, and I'm completely dependent on it!
 

A:Computer not getting past POST, not booting

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I just recently started having this problem, yesterday in fact. I don't know what is causing it but I reaallllllly need to fix it, I have a project with a deadline.

Basically I turn on my computer and it powers up, POST beeps, and then it sits there in the POST screen forever. It's an ASUS M2N-E SLI board, 4x2GB sticks of RAM, AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual core CPU. I have 4 harddrives, with windows 7 installed on one and windows xp installed on another. The problem happens even if all the harddrives are unplugged.

Last night I was having the problem and I unplugged all the harddrives but the one with 7 installed and it booted just fine, today even that didn't work.

I don't know how else to describe the problem, but if there's any more information you need please let me know.

Please help me fix this guys!
 

A:System will not boot, can't get past POST

Well I suspect you are obviously aware on the > No Post Guide
But instead of unplugging the Hard Drives, fully unplug the data cable from the Motherboard
Also, it may just be a faulty Power Supply with all those drives and a DVD Drive and everything else going on
 

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Please excuse my english...
my netbook display become stretch like in this picture :

and it can't get past the POST screen. I tried to remove the RAM and put it back again with no luck...

please give me solution for this....
 

A:Netbook display becomes stretched, can't get past POST

Can you re-post the picture?
 

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I'm trying to get this computer to work, it was working fine until one day it atarted acting strange....it would go to Safe mode and then stopped starting up.

All I get now is the initial screen with the Bios version, Memery test, it recognizes the Processor etc...there is no error reported or any beeps, at the bottom it says press F1 for setup. If I press it after it has displayed the screen nothing happens, if I repeatedly press F! as it is starting Instead of seeing the message to press F1, I now see "Entering Setup" except it doesn't do that it just stays on the screen.
I pulled out the hard drive and tried it in another computer, but it won't work, I took a hard drive that I know works and tried it in the computer also, but it won't work either???

It seems odd that the Hard drive and something on the computer would go at the same time??? The only thing I noticed when I opened the computer was it was very dusty and I think the CPU fan was either not spinning or was not able to cool the CPU sufficiently.

Can any one tell me if the computer is fried from what I describe?
It is a HP 1.333 ghz Athalon
Thanks
 

A:PC won't boot past post or enter to setup

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So i bought an Acer Aspire M5 for school and wanted to do a clean install of windows 8 to remove bloat ware. I installed it using legacy mode from a usb boot stick. I than learned about UEFI and how it is a better option. So i followed the guide here, used Rufus to remake my usb boot. I put my bios into boot from usb hdd in UEFI mode, plug usb in. Than my computer goes into an infinite loop where it splashes the acer logo and restarts never getting. Any ideas? Ive tried searching but couldnt find anything.

A:Installing never gets past post splash screen

1) Reset the UEFI/BIOS boot back to Windows Boot Manager first boot device.

2) Enabling the boot device menu







Originally Posted by Acer


On most Acer systems, you can use the F12 key on boot to select the drive or network from which loading the operating system. In case the F12 option does not work, you may need to enable this function.

SOLUTION

Enabling the F12 function:

1.Power on the system. As soon as the first logo screen appears, immediately press the F2 key, or the DEL key if you have a desktop, to enter the BIOS.
2.Press the right arrow key to select Main.
3.Use the arrow keys to navigate to F12 Boot Menu, and press ENTER.
4.Select Enabled, and press ENTER.
5.Press the F10 key to save changes and restart the system.



3) Boot the DVD from the One Time Boot Menu in UEFI mode.

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I was gaming last night, the graphics messed up, the comp froze, it turned off.. and now it wont post pass bios.

I have switched the video card out, same thing.
I have switched the RAM out, same thing.
I can view the HDD specs in BIOS and it sounds like its running alright.

So this leaves the PCU or the Motherboard? If i can view the BIOS, does that mean the motherboard is alright? I can also view the specs of the processor in BIOS as well.

I also tried booting XP from a CD, i did the repair, it didnt work either. Any help will be appreciated.
 

A:Comp Crashed, Wont post past BIOS

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Hello, I'm new here, and I have a problem I'd like to get some help with.

With the computer off, I disconnected my regular C: Drive (Which runs Sin XP Pro) and put
in it's place another hard drive that I just bought used. This used HDD has WinNT on it but
you cannot boot into it unless you know the username and password. So instead of that, I
just shut down my computer and took the used HDD out and put in the original HDD (My regular Crive).

Now when I turn on the computer, it will not get past the memory test. The memory test
completes saying it's OK, but the part that says "Detecting IDE Drives" or whatever will
not show up. I've cleared the CMOS several times, took out the battery for like 20 minutes,
and still it has the same problem. I cannot even get into the BIOS. The CD Drives will not open
(although the CD Drive lights are on). It will not even boot from floppy because it can't get
to that point.

Any ideas what happened and what the problem is? And more importantly, how I can fix it?

Thanks a million in advance!
~MrStrype

PS. Below is exactly what the text on the monitor shows at the point where it freezes.

Award Modular BIOX v6.00PG, An Energy Star Ally
Copyright 1984-2000, Award Software, Inc.

07/25/2000 For KX-133 K7 Chipset Support

Main Processor : AMD Athlon? 750MHz(100x7.5)
Memory Testing : 655360K OK DRAM CLK : 100MHz




Press DEL to enter SETUP, ALT+F2 to enter AWDFLASH
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A:Compuer won't boot or post!, Can't get past memory test

What motherboard are we dealing with?? And do you have anything on the orginal drive you do not want to loose???
 

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This computer was working fine when I sent my daughter off to college last week. Two days after she got there, the computer crashed. I need to get this fixed ASAP. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

Problem: Computer powers on, appears to POST, but then goes directly to boot menu. It doesn't matter whether I select "Safe Mode", "Normal", or "Previous...", Identical results with each option: it will just reboot and return to boot screen each time.
Any suggestions??
Thanks in advance
 

A:won't boot past POST - (Urgent time crunch; help please)

At the top of this forum there is a Sticky called = Guide to Reinstall of Windows

You will find instructions for doing a repair-install that is non-destructive and should fix the computer.
 

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one of my machines that I rarely use I needed to put into service. I hit the poert button and it go's to the Dell logo but no further. No movement on the status bar, no nothing. I tried Hard power down (battery out Unplugged hold the power button for 8 seconds) No change. I opened it up and one by one removed componets, dvd...no change Hard drive...no change...CMOS Battery...got 5 beeps (DUH) put battery back in...no change  OK now what to try...HELP

A:Inspiron 3520 will not post or go past Dell Logo

Hi Antranch_1,
Thank you for writing to Dell Community Forum.
Can you check if you are able to run the on-board diagnostics <F12>?
Please click my DELL-username and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your email address.

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OK,

Built a new computer last weekend, SATA hdd with xp pro installed, one host IDE with CD/DVD drive connected.

I have 2 older hdd one 80gb and one 40gb that i want to connect to SATA connectors because i dont have any spare IDE, i bought IDE to SATA converter off Ebay fitted and seated properly.

When i switch on computer system hangs on the mobo screen, need to go to F12 to select boot sequence, only showing SATA drive so select this, the computer then goes through the post screen fine, but then hangs on the xp loading/progress screen.

how can i get the computer to work with the SATA hdd as the main drive and the 2 older hdd so i can just access files and work from witin windows?

Thanks

 

A:computer not booting past post screen after installing 2 old hdd

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I found out a little late that my motherboard may not support 2GB of DDR Ram. The manual says it support 2 x 1GB DDR sticks. I did some searching on the internet and found other people had the same problem. Other people have mentioned that ASUS probably didn't TEST the MB with 2 x 1GB sticks of DDR memory. With the 2 x 1GB DDR Ram sticks installed, the BIOS only shows 1MB of RAM, booting past POST, occasionally get "Updated ESCD? successfully". The boot up stops there. I take out one of the 1GB sticks, the boots up. I haven't yet tried just the other 1GB stick.
The memory I have is Kingston 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 266 (PC 2100) Desktop Memory Model KVR266X64C25/1G - Retail. The memory has 16 chips total (4 & 4 on each side).

My BIOS is Award 1012. I've seen the 1013 (-beta I think). I have yet to try that BIOS update.
I know that this MB is outdated, but the economy is really hard to upgrade the MB at this time.

Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.
 

A:ASUS A7A266 - 2GB DDR Ram - Boot up hangs past POST

Well it sounds like you're moving in the right direction, and have figured out what the issue is, but you need to be more specific about what we can help you with. You've described how you've figured out the issue, and I know you have concerns but can you share what you need from us? Jazz
 

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Alright, I have here a HP Pavilion 513c that needs a flashed BIOS. It boots up and begins with the standard startup features, but once it goes to read ANY of the attached devices, it restarts itself and locks up.

I know that the problem lies in the BIOS, but since it cannot load anything off of a floppy or bootable flashdrive, is there any way to flash the BIOS when it wont even load that far?
 

A:Flashing a BIOS when computer wont get past POST

Try clearing the CMOS by removing the button battery on the motherboard, with the power off and unplugged from the wall outlet
 

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hey guys.
my pc was working fine last night, switched off before bed as usual, woke up this morning, switched on and the machine would not boot up to windows from post. i accessed bios but my cd/dvd drive does not show up there, my hdd does but it will still not boot from startup :/ this message is displayed on the right hand side of boot section of bios 'A device enclosed in the parenthesis has been disabled in the corresponding type menu'. my hdd is listed in brackets, which from what i have discovered so far is not meant to be the case, lol..im not very pc literate so i'm beginning to pull my hair out over this..i can get into windows but i have to go into bios, then exit it and it boots up that way, altho it seems to boot up a lot slower. i cant for the life of me get my cd/dvd drive to show up or even work,it does however have power etc, it just doesn't register on the pc so no hope of me doing a full reinstall at mo either :/ any help with this would be much appreciated as im slowly going insane, lol last thing the pc did before shut down last night was a windows defender update, i tried restore but hasn't changed a thing

A:help PC wont boot past post, cd/dvd drive not registering in bios etc.

Hello chizeru and welcome to Seven Forums.

One of the Forum experts prepared this Failure To Start troubleshooting tutorial. See if it helps.

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

You might also consider a clean reinstall to remove factory installed bloatware and get an optimized machine.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Hi, I'm having this issue: After enabling the IBM Security Chip in the system BIOS, the system will no longer boot beyond the POST screen. Google found a Lenovo support page (with the above title), however I can't access it so I don't know how to fix it. Any advice would be appreciated.

A:After enabling Security Chip in BIOS, T420 not booting past POST

can you still go into the bios and disable the security chip?

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Hi Guys,

I have an ASUSP4S800-MX Motherboard and it's showing 2 CPU's at the post screen and will not boot. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.

Thanks,
Taran.
 

A:ASUS P4S800MX Problem - Showing 2 CPU's and will not boot past post screen

How far does it get and does it show any error messages? Or any beeps?
 

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I've tried to go to the setup and even BBS POPUP but it just doesn't work, it doesn't leave this...

A:My computer doesn't go past this...?

and welcome to the Forum

What is the history? . . has this pc ever booted successfully?

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The problem started when a game froze, and I did a hard reboot of the computer. Since then every boot attempt crashes after the BIOS screen, even when trying safe mode and even with a brand new hard drive and clean install of Windows 10. I'm completely unable to boot to windows so I am unable to post a dump file or any other file from the machine. I can boot into the blue repair screens using a Media Tools thumb drive, but that's it. And even that often crashes.

My specs:
MSI Z170a gaming 7 motherboard
Skylake cpu
2 sticks of 8 gig ram
Geforce GPU (don't remember the exact model)
Samsung Evo 500 gig SSD (and now a brand new second one)
Networking & sound is built into the mobo

Here's what I've done so far:
Updated BIOS, flashed, and reset CMOS (repeated several times)Tried booting in safe mode = crashes in the same place, same wayUsing Media Recovery Tools on thumb drive, I've tried rolling the OS to every available save point = says "unable to refresh"; tried repairing, says "unable to repair"; tried resetting, says "gathering files" and then crashesTried various command prompts recommended in forums (e.g. bootrec) = no changeWeirdly, bootrec /rebuildbcd = says completed successfully / "total identified windows installations: 0" -- that isn't right, is it?Pulled out RAM, tried different slots and different configurations = no changeRan Memtest for 15 passes = no errors found in RAMPulled out GPU and replaced it with GPU from anot... Read more

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Okay, I've got a bit of a weird one. The issue has progressed in stages.

-Last week, my computer was fine (a Dell Inspiron Laptop, running Windows 7, with a partition to run Ubuntu). I left the room, came back, and the computer was off. I turned it back on, and it blue screened. I loaded it into normal mode, ran CCleaner, and then attempted to run Malwarebytes. It wouldn't load at all. Tried to run a couple other virus cleaner programs. Nada. Wouldn't even say that it was loading. I would just click the .exe files and nothing would happen. From what I understand, it's likely a virus that prevents the opening of antivirus software.

I put the malwarebytes exe on a cd and a flash drive (using a file from another computer), neither of those worked. I tried all these steps again in safe mode, safe mode with networking, debugging mode, basically every option the advanced boot menu gives you. Zilch.

-After a day or so, my computer would only load windows in debugger mode. I should have backed up my files before this, but, alas, I'm an idiot.

So I went back to the beginning, trying to rule everything out. I reset the BIOS settings to default. I ran every single diagnostic possible, even the extended ones and the PSA. Everything. And absolutely NO errors were found. That took a couple days (have to go to work and sleep sometimes, ya know), and at this point, the computer had stopped even giving me the option to load any KIND of OS.

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A:Dell laptop won't load past POST screen, no diag errors found.

Work through the steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start starting with rescuing your files and then doing at least two of the bootable Virus scans including Malwarebytes if you can get into Safe Mode, attempt to repair system files from Win7 disk Command Line which is provided, then confirm Active partition and run several Startup Repairs, try System restore from Options list if it isn't offered.

After rescuing your files I would almost immediately run Dell Diagnostics from the F12 boot menu key to confirm the hardware. There may be a fuller suite on the choice for Utility Partition. If these will run then be sure to save the Utility Tools partition if you choose the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 although all other partitions can be deleted.

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As the title states, my laptop won't go past the screen after you enter your password. It just started acting like out of the blue this morning, no idea what could've caused it

Here's the DDS log -


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DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64 NETWORK
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7600.16385 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_27
Run by Jimmy at 22:35:22 on 2012-06-25
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7600.0.1252.1.1033.18.3886.3052 [GMT -7:00]
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AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {2B2D1395-420B-D5C9-657E-930FE358FC3C}
SP: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {904CF271-6431-DA47-5FCE-A87D98DFB681}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
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============== Running Processes ===============
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C:\windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASCORE64.EXE
C:\windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastUI.exe
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A:Laptop doesn't go past Welcome screen

Hello, and welcome to TSF.

I am currently reviewing your log. I will be back with a fix for your problem as soon as possible.

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after a power outage xp would not get past the start page. tryed all the option on the boot page. ran a harddrive diagnostic and it came back with failed and a code 7. in safe mode a blue screen came on with stop and error codes 0x0000007b one with letters and numbers finishing with 00000000 00000000 . has a new western dig. hard drive that was working with no problems.also amessage had been coming up before the power outage reading warning system battery low maybe cmos battery.

A:xp doesn't get past start page.

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ran a harddrive diagnostic and it came back with failed..... warning system battery low




Well, the HDD diagnostic usually doesn't lie. So, there is a great chance the power outage took out your HDD. There is also a great chance the CMOS battery needs to be changed. What is the make and model # of your HDD?
To confirm if the HDD has failed your can download the ISO image for Seatools in my signature. Burn the image to CD with IMGBurn also in my signature. Boot off of the newly created CD and run the short and long tests on the drive. If either test fails the HDD needs to be replaced.

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I have a 2 month old Dell Inspiron 660 running Windows 8.1.that came with windows 8 installed but I upgraded to 8.1 off the internet. Everything worked okay until I did a scan and cleaning with ccleaner. Pretty soon startup was very slow going from the Dell screen to the lock screen to the password screen to the windows welcome screen but windows would eventually load. Now the startup only goes to the welcome screen. That little circle of dots starts spinning and keeps on spinning but Windows never loads. Did I erase some registry files when I cleaned it? I got on Microsoft's live chat support who said they could fix it for 99 bucks but I don't have a dollar much less 99. Does anybody know how I could fix this for free myself?

I also wanted to know how load Dos from win 8.1 and how to boot win 8.1 in safe mode.

Any info or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks y'all!

A:Windows 8.1 doesn't load past the welcome screen.

Hi Breedlove, Welcome to Eight forums.

Found a link for you. Step By Step How to Solve Windows 8.1 and 8 Black Screen Issue upon boot | Virtualization blog

In short, you have to go to Safe mode and disable the graphic card and monitors and then reboot. If this resolves, fine. Else, update the drivers for your graphic card.

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Hello, I am looking for some help with my PC.

I am using windows 10
MSI gaming 970 motherboard
GTX 1050 msi GPU
No name rams (3x2gb)
AMD fx 8350 CPU
VS650 Corsair PSU
Samsung evo 850 SSD 256gb
2 additional HDD 1tb and 512gb

The problem is that sometimes when playing games they just randomly freeze and then pc acts very slowly.
Afterwards when I try to reset PC, it doesn't boot past windows logo. ( the circle spins for sometime and then black screen, no mouse cursor and unresponsive). After leaving pc alone for a while it turns on like nothing happened.
Before this started it kept freezing and asking for restart. Afterwards it prompted me message "reboot and select proper boot device...".
Thought it migh be SSD fault, but when thing like that happens I can't even boot to bootable USB with windows setup inside. (it just keeps spinning circle forever).

Also my RAMs are very old, might they be the fault here?

Things I did try:
*Using cmd from bootable disk to chkdsk and etc things.
*Reseating RAM and other cables inside.
*Reinstalling windows.
*Cleaning computer from dust.
*Updating bios.
*Updating drivers.

Any help would be apreaciated.
 

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Hi!
Windows 7 all of a sudden stopped working, it would freeze when explorer started and i would have to do a hard shutoff. It now doesn't get past the welcome screen. I have tried startup repair, and used MS Dart Disk and it found no problems with the windows install. I checked my hard drive with multiple tests and it turned out fine. Can boot into safe mode with networking just fine. But cannot boot into windows 7. Even after a fresh install it worked for a while ( < 1hour) then does the same thing. I am assuming it was updates because I did a system restore to before the updates and turned updates off, and it worked correctly. I just finished installing some programs (Avast!, Security Essentials, Foobar 2000, Chrome). And the same issue happened. I once again used the system restore feature and it is working. Any ideas as to what may be causing the problem. Windows hotfix updates? Drivers? Thanks.

A:Win7 x64 doesn't load past welcome screen.

For starters you should not run Avast and MSE together. The earlier news that they might run together were later withdrawn.

Next I would disable all startup programs that are not absolutely needed - and that are probably all except the AV program.

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Office 2007 on a Windows 7 PC. A user has an intermittent problem where when she copies a cell with a formula in it, clipboard picks it up as text. Typically, if one pastes a copied cell with a formula it also puts the formula in the cell. Not always with this one. Likewise the drag feature where one can grab the lower right corner of a cell and drag it down to past the contents of that cell into the cells below. Doesn't work sometimes. Similarly large numbers (13 digits) copied paste to a cell in text and are jacked up.
We've tried closing Excel and reopening. Rebooting. Even a complete uninstall and reinstall of Office. Not helped.
Any ideas?

ClarkComputer
 

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My Yoga 910-13IKB won't start. When I press the power button or novo button the power indicator light turns white, the fans spin for a few seconds and then the whole machine turns off. I don't reach the Lenovo splash screen or any screen for that matter. The screen stays black.  I've tried draining the power by holding the power button. I get the same result whether it is plugged in or on battery power. I've tried multiple charging cables. I've uploaded a video of the issue to YouTube.  Any help is greatly appreciated.  

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Hello all. I wasn't sure where to post this exactly, so I hope this is the right place. If not, can a mod please move it? Thanks.

My girlfriend has a laptop that's a few years old running Windows XP. A couple weeks ago, it stooped booting into Windows. Anything after the post wouldn't show up and the computer just froze on a blank black screen. Her CD drive doesn't work, so I took out the hard drive and placed it in an enclosure. Plugged it into my computer and I can access everything. I've already scanned the disk with antivirus software and MBAM and then copied the entire drive over to one of my external HDs in case something happened to it.

I'm running a new laptop with Vista Home Premium 64 bit and that supports USB booting. I'm trying to determine if the MBR on her hard drive was damaged or if there's some other hardware issue on her laptop by booting the drive from USB. I set my BIOS to boot from USB first, but it doesn't boot from the external drive. Does this mean the MBR is damaged? If so, how can I restore the MBR to make the drive bootable again?

Additionally, would it be possible to do a reinstall of Windows to the laptop hard drive using my computer (seeing as the CD Drive on her computer is broken)? I can't swap out my hard drive with hers because my computer uses SATA and her drive is ATA.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much in advance.

A:Computer doesn't get past BIOS screen

Can you borrow a retail XP CD?http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503

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So...

It all started a couple days ago when I went to play Command & Conquer 3 online with a friend. The game wanted to install a patch before I could play, so I went for it.

The patch installed, the game restarted and a SecuROM error popped up. I uninstalled the game and tried it all again. Same thing. I couldn't load the game at ALL.
Command and Conquer 3 is currently my addiction, so I contacted SecuROM and EA Games tech support.

I was told by SecuROM the following:

"Thank you for your email. We are sorry you are having launch issues. We suspect you are receiving this error message as a result of the use of an emulation program that tampers registry keys.

To fix your registry entries please follow the instructions below:

Note: These tampered entries have NOT been caused by SecuROM?. Please also note, you should only delete duplicate entries and not any others. SecuROM? is not liable for any problems caused by using these instructions. We provide them only as a service and to assist with repairing the launch issue.

Please open the registry editor (Start->Run->regedit) and move to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\ area (by clicking on this folder, you will see all the entries on the right side). Look at the entries with an alpha designation (ie: \DosDevices\Letter_Here). You should see one of entries with letters with duplicate entries. If you delete the duplicate entry (right mouse click and choose 'Delete' from the choi... Read more

A:XP doesn't load past login screen

Hi sho0 and welcome to TSF !

Well if you can borrow a floppy drive from a friend, you may have to load the motherboard sata drivers at the beginning of XP install so that it can see your drive. Should be a message telling you to press F6 to load sata/raid floppy.

Check in the bios that your sata drive is seen correctly. Refer to your motherboard manual to determine which sata plug is the sata 1 and plug your hard drive there if it isn't already.

If you ever manage to boot back in windows, uninstall your game, uninstall all CD/DVD emulation software you can have : clonecd, daemon tools, alcohol, ... following the complete removal instructions from their website (sometimes they leave some drivers behind). Then reboot and try reinstalling C&C. Recent games protections are very intrusive and can cause conflicts with those other programs. Even if daemon tools is not running at the moment, its emulated CD/DVD device is installed on your computer.

Next time you decide to delete a bunch of things in your registry without knowing what it is, make sure you have a backup solution first. Once you'll get this computer back to live be sure to check those links :
http://www.techsupportforum.com/arti...ard-drive.html
http://www.techsupportforum.com/arti...e-another.html
Any of these would have saved your butt today

And next time you install XP, make sure the system partition gets the c: volume letter. Unplug all other drives during the install if needed, leaving only ... Read more

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Ok I have a computer that was turned on when I got home (I left it shut down) and it was frozen in bootup. I shut it down and 5 seconds later, it started up by itself. I kept doing this and the computer kept starting itself up. It never loaded past the initial boot screen and sometimes it got to the Windows loading screen, but never past any of those. This is such an awkward problem and I havn't downloaded any recent updates or drivers. Please help, thanks.

A:Comp doesn't load past bootup

So you cant get into safe mode? do you have a boot disk?

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