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Q: PC Won't Post or Boot

When I press the power button, fans start then immediately stop, then start again, etc. Disconnected all peripherals but monitor, removed memory stick. No signal to monitor. When connected, hard drive starts then stops in time with the fans. It seems the PS is cycling on and off continuously.

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I am having the one of the worst pc problem i have faced.....
It all started with my pc restarting(it was a power failure) to show boot device failure, insert system disk, i tried everything, from unplugging usb devices to re inserting sata cables but to no avail, now when i try to reinstall windows the setup recognizes all my partitions but refuses to install into any of them, ubuntu only recognizes one of my hard disk and partition( i have 1 big 500 g hdd as 1 part, and 2 250 g hdds in raid 0). I tried booting from my bart pe created windows live cds but they dont detect any partitions what so ever, windows 7 dvd's repair utility can access my file structure when i browse for drivers, but it wont repair the problem, nor will it install.
Please Help!

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I am having problems with direct booting into Windows 8 installed into a VHDX file.
This is a four-partition UEFI boot on a GPT drive. EFI files are residing on a second partition of disk 0 (the ESP partition) in the EFI folder. The boot virtual disk is residing on the fourth partition of that disk 0.
When I turn on the PC, it shows black screen after the BIOS POST screen. No Windows 8 boot menu, no other information is displayed. However, if I press Shift+F12 (or F12) to start Dell BIOS Boot Menu and choose Windows Boot Manager from the UEFI part of
the boot menu, Windows 8 starts to boot without difficulties.
How do I make Windows to boot automatically without having to select Windows Boot Manager in DELL BIOS boot menu?
I believe I messed up with boot sector somehow... What needs to be fixed provided that Windows 8 will boot into VHDX file?
Thank you.

Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

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Sorry first time poster. I wasn't too sure whether to post to the Windows forums or hardware forums. From what I can see, this seems like a hardware issue of some sort.

The problem I have is that during bootup my PC goes through all the normal things. It detects my CPU, detects RAM etc. gives me nice BIOS Post messages that appear normal and then goes to a black screen. It will then sit there for 50 seconds (i've timed this twice) and then proceed to go to the windows XP startup screen (which takes about another 10-20 seconds to load up windows).

I've attempted to log the bootups by using the Windows Boot logger (by pressing F8 before windows boots). The ntbtlog.txt file isn't very descriptive, and only lists that a whole lot of drivers have been loaded, and some that haven't (it doesn't list any errors).

I've also tried using BootVis to analyse the bootup. I found this a little hard to decode the information it gave me, but there doesn't seem to be anything untoward happening.
The last boot logger I tried was bootLog XP (by greatis software). According to bootlog XP, windows is only taking 19 seconds to load up.

Can anyone suggest any other ways to analyse the boot sequence and discover where my computer is stalling?

(specs are below.)

Thanks in advance,


CPU: AMD Sempron 3000+ Socket 754 (unsure whether it is Paris or Palermo core)
MBoard: Foxconn NF4K8AB-RS
HD: WD 80Gb
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A:PC Stalls on Boot: After BIOS post message, BEFORE windows boot screen

check the boot order in bios

make sure fast boot is on and make sure that your first or second boot option is your hard drive

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Hello all,
Maybe someone could help me with a problem that I am having.
I am running a Tbird 700 on a Epox EP-8KTA motherboard w/ VIA KT133 AGPset. I have 256mb of ram and a 15 gig hd and an ATI EXPERT2000 AGP 32mb video card. I was playing Pool of Radiance for a few hours and then saved and stopped. About 5 and 1/2 hours later, I checked the weather online (dsl) and then closed everything down to the desktop. Which is where I usually leave the computer, running with only windows desktop up and no programs running. Roughly 1 hour later I came back to the desktop to find that it had hung about a 1/2 earlier (the clock was stuck at the hang time). I tried to reset and nothing. I tried turning off the computer at the switch in the back and nothing.
I tried:
-switching out the ram
-disconnecting everything but the ram, hd, floppy, video card
-disconnecting everything but the ram, hd, video card
-reseating everything
-clearing the CMOS
-including doing it by removing the CMOS battery
and none of these things worked in rebooting the computer.
With everything connected I can turn it on and the cpu fan starts and the cdrw led pops on and then off, the cdrom led stays on,
the hd led stays on, the floppy doesn't run at all, the monitor sits in standby mode with its led flashing, and the computer won't even post. I would normally start to try and figure out if I burned something out, but this has happened two other times. Both times I shipped my computer back to the supplier a... Read more

A:Won't Boot or Post

Hi rowayn

Try disconnecting everything but the ram, video card, memory, and CPU and see if you can get the POST showing up on the CRT. If so you can add the removed items back one by one.

Are the hard drive and cdrom on the same cable? The lights shouldn't be staying on.

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I just recently picked up a used XPS 630 which has been running fine up until recently. About two weeks after I got it it had a random hard drive crash which turned out to be a SMART failure having something to do with the read head in the HD going bad. I replaced the defective hard drive with a brand new Dell unit, performed a system restore from the image on the replacement HD and then installed Windows 7. Over the next two days I loaded the PC back up with all the stuff that I lost due to the bad HD (thank god for back-ups). Then, randomly, I try to switch on the computer and it won't POST. 
When I hit the power button the LED's come on, the power button is illuminated, and I can hear the case and video card fans spin up, but I nothing happens on either monitor. Is my MB or video card toast?
Any and all advice is welcome. The PC still has almost 2 years of warranty through Dell, but I'd much rather try and fix this myself first since calling tech support isn't the world most fun thing to do.
Also, all drivers, BIOS and firmware has been updated from Dell's site with the exception of the ATI drivers which are from ATI. 
System specs listed below....
XPS 630, 650i SLI MB, Core 2 E8500 @ 3.16 GHz, 4 GB RAM PC2-6400, Radeon 5850 HD graphics card, 750 GB Seagate Primary Drive, 160 GB Seagate backup drive, Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card, Ralink Wireless G PCI card.

A:XPS 630 will not Boot/POST

More info...
Power supply LED is solid green.
Attempted to unplug the unit and hold the power button for 30 seconds to drain any left over power...plugged it back in, same result. No POST.
I can hear the hard drive initialize, and the DVD-ROM spin up in addition to all the fans and lights coming on. 
I'm thoroughly stumped...

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I have an emachines T3304 computer and it boots up, but will not post anything on the screen. I have tried another screen that I know works and nothing. The computer specs are 2.0 Ghz AMD Sempron 100 gig Hdd 512 Ram. Any help or ideas would be appreciated.

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I am having trouble with a system running WinXP Pro. It has an Asus mobo, AMD 2500 CPU, 512MB DDR 400 RAM, an FX5500 video card, separate DVD and CD burners, and an 80G Western Digital HD. Everything has been running well for the most part for almost a year. Now I cannot get the system to even post.

When the power switch is turned on, the CPU fan goes on briefly and then stops. Nothing else happens after that. The green light on the motherboard goes on and stays on. The case wires are connected properly. I tried swapping power supplies but that made no difference. I then swapped the RAM, and got nothing, then changed the motherboard. When I powered up after replacing the motherboard, the CPU fan remained on for about 8-10 seconds longer, but other than that there were no changes. If I clear the CMOS and then try to boot/post, the CPU fan stays on for a good 15-20 seconds, and then when I hit the power button again I get nothing, unless I clear the CMOS. It still will not post though.

Could the CPU be causing this kind of activity (or absence of it)? I don't have another CPU to swap out and I don't want to go buy another one unless I am certain that could be the problem.

Any insight and help on this would be greatly appreciated.


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I've got an old HP Pavilion 4455 that I got from work for my kids to use. It's 400 Mhz, win98se, 192MB ram. Was running perfectly fine one evening. Shut it down that night, turned it on the next day, and it won't boot. No post, no beeping of any kind. Everything 'appears' to power up. Hard drive is starting, processor fan is going, cd rom light comes on, and I can open the cd rom, and the fan in the power supply is running. Can't boot from a floppy, as it seems to not get to that point in the boot sequence. I have noticed that while everything does seem to be getting power, the floppy light does not come on at all.
I downloaded the pdf for the motherboard in this machine, so I could try re-setting the bios. But, the really strange thing is that where the diagram says it is, there isn't anything in that location on this board. So, I took the battery out for 20 minutes, and then replaced it with a new one. Same thing happens.
Anyone have any more thoughts or is the machine just dead?? (and good for minimal parts)

A:No boot, no post, nothing!

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I've been having a few different problems with my computer recently. Having 3 different problems at once has made it hard to deduce the source of my major problem, being the computer no longer booting. First off, I've had some adware problems, which I dont beleive is related to my problem at all. Secondly, some textures in World of Warcraft have been displaying funny.But it didn't seem it was only the textures, whole portions of the User Interface where displaying funny. At first I thought the game files were corrupt, so I error checked game files and it found no errors.

So later that night I had to restart my computer after installing some anti-adware software to get rid of my "windowsclick" problem, and the computer would turn back on after the restart but wouldnt post or display anything to monitor. Similar to a recent problem I've had when I fried my vid card. Since I didn't have a spare vid card I checked to see if a RAM module was bad since I was getting these weird random computer restarts recently. After messing around with the ram switching out sticks in different sockets the computer actually started back up.

Thinking things were "normal" again I reinstalled my favorite video game to find the graphics doing the exact same thing as before. So I decided to try reinstalling video drivers. After installing the ATI 3600 driver from the site it required a restart. Upon restarting the omputer it did the exact same thing as bef... Read more

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i have a shuttle AB60N motherboard socket 478 pentium4 proc. and i have tried pretty much everything it will start up and run but no post no floppy will not bootup

A:no boot or post

You have a thread here: http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/776030-help.html#post6313788

Please continue to post in that thread instead of creating new ones.

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I just got an MSI K8N Neo4 S939 mobo with an AMD Athon64 4000+.
Put it together with my previously owned PC parts and it won't start. The hard drives don't spin, nothing but the CPU fan. I took all the accessories out (drives, cards, ram). And still the same. The monitor doesn't get a signal.
Also, maybe important... when I turn on the PSU, the CPU fan turns on. I have to press and hold the case power switch for a short time to get the "system" (fan) to turn off.

A:Won't boot, won't post

was all of th parts working b4 the new parts

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I have a socket seven motherboard that will post perfectly checks the ram finds the cpu and the hard drive but when it is supposed to load the operating system it just stays there goes no further .I have even tried using a bootable scsi adapter and drive it goes thro the scsi bios and again stops . I am lost here.. HELP ME.. heheheh

A:post but no boot

Hi Netwalker,
Do you have a startup floppy?
If not you can get one here;
Any reason this might be happening uprgade, new install?
What os are you trying to boot?
check back later

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Hi all

I recently built a gaming rig and collected it yesterday. However, I have problems getting my rig to POST. Whenever I hit the power button, many times it would just hang there without any POST aka "beep" sound.

Only after numerous attempts turning on and off the power switch can I finally get the comp to POST and then boot up the OS.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Specs are as below

Motherboard :Gigabyte EP35-DS3L P35
Graphic card: Asus 3850 512mb
Processor: C2D 7200
PSU: Enhanced 500W
Ram: PC 6400/800 Corsair DHX 1GB X 2
OS: Vista

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I got a brand new laptop on Tuesday and now it refuses to bot up. I have it plugged in, it's been "charging" for the past 3 days with no change. When ever I try to boot it up the caps lock LED flashed very briefly and the power indicator LED flashed 2 times orange and 4 times white with a short delay in between the 2 colours. it is a dell inspirion 5559 I know a little about computers but nothing that could help with this situation please help.

A:My will not boot/post/do anything at all...

Your system is DOA (bad mainboard).  If you purchased direct from Dell, you can return it for replacement within 21 days after it shipped to you.  Call Dell to start that process (DO NOT depend on email or chat).  
If you purchased through a retailer or independent third party, contact them for replacement of the system.

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hello everyone new to the forum

i have a Asrock K7VM2 mobo it used to boot up fine but now when you turn the computer on the fans run but thats it no beeps no video nothing

i tried different ram made no difference i reseated the heat sink and cpu still the same then i removed all the ram and powered it up and still got no beeps nothing?


A:no post on boot

Have you tried changing the power supply.
Also is dust an issue? Probally not as you changed the thermal paste.

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I Recently got a Hp Pavillion Slimline Seriers S5-1224. MotherBoard:              Joshua-H61-uATXProcessor:                    Pentium G648Memory:                       4GB DDR3 1600Graphics:                      Intergrated I Turn it on and no Boot screen. No post of any kind. No Beeps no sounds. all fans run and all lights are on but not SOS type blinks. Ive checked video cables, Internal conecctions. PSU is tested and true. Ive reset the CMOS , replaced bios battery (didnt have one). Not sure what to do. Please anyone have any ideas. Thank you.

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I have been through 3 different motherboards and 3 types of ram and computer will power on but will not boot on all 3 motherboards. I tried booting without the videocard and still just powers on and sits there. Then I tried it with out the video card and ram, same. Then finally I booted the motherboard by itself with nothing attached and got the same thing just powers on and sits there. Can it be the power supply or cpu? or am I just having bad luck with motherboards?
Here are the boards I've tried.

2 of these A8N32-SLI Deluxe, DFi LanParty nf4 SLI-DR, and DFi LanParty UT nf4 SLI-D

OCZ PC4000 1024MB Dual CH Gold Edition(OCZ5002048ELGE-K), Corsair XMS3200 1024MB(CMX-1024-3200C2PT), and Crucial 512MB DDR400 CL3

Antec 550W Truepower 2.0

AMD Optron 170

Video card
EGA Geforce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3

Thanks for the help.

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I hope this is the right place for this topic. My son re-booted his computer yesterday and ever since, it'll go through the POST but when it comes time to boot into Windows, there's a beep and it's back to the start and POST.

He apparently hasn't installed anything lately or noticed anything unusual.

I tried sneaking into Safe Mode, but it won't boot into anything.

For what it's worth, the PC is less than a year old and it has XP on it.

Any ideas on where to go with this would be appreciated.

A:Computer does POST does not boot

If it is a new-ish computer you will hopefully have the manual for the motherboard? If not, find the make/model of the board and search for the user guide on the net.

The reason i suggest this is that the beep you are hearing is an error code. Different beeps mean different things, i.e. 2beeps might mean there is a problem with the graphics card etc... and the user guide for your motherboard will outline what the beeps mean.

Then you should be able to find out what the problem is, and come back here for how to fix it!


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I'm trying to help a friend with a PC problem. Here's the specs: Windows 98, Microstar MS-6368 Socket 370 w/ PIII 866, on-board video & sound, 10 gig HDD, CD, CDRW, FDD, 56K PCI, 1 stick of 256MB PC133, etc.

When I press the power switch, everything (HDD, PS, CPU fan, etc) turns on but there's no video, no post beep, and no memory test. But if I wait long enough (literally 3-5 minutes) the PC will beep and post the initial boot screen then everything is fine form there.

Here's what I've done so far...
1) I stripped the machine of everything not needed and it still had the same problems. I left only the CPU, HDD, memory, on-board video and sound connected (no FDD, no Cd drives, and no 56K PCI modem).
2) Swapped HDDs, no change.
3) Swapped memory, no change.
4) Swapped IDE cables, no change.
5) Virus scan came back clean running the HDD on my PC as a slave drive.
6) I tried another PCI video card (but I didn't disable the on-board video if that matters any).
7) I reseated everything, literally everything (power supply connector, CPU, memory, all cables, etc).
8) I swapped power supplies, still no luck.
9) I reset the CMOS jumper, no change.
10) I replaced the CMOS battery, no change.
11) Tried different power cord, no change.
12) I have this plugged into my monitor, keyboard & mouse and no changes either (same problem as when system is using my friends monitor, keyboard & mouse).
13) I've also tried another pow... Read more

A:VERY, VERY, VERY slow boot/post

One thing you didn't try is flashing the bios.

I would tend to believe that the motherboard is at fault, but it only takes a few minutes to flash the bios

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hey to everyone out there..lol I'm working on my dad's friend's computer. They said it was having some problems (i got the famous "It's broken" and the famous "It's too slow") But the PC wont even post/boot. When i turn it i get 1 long beep, and then 2 short beeps, and then one weird sounding beep. I think it might be the vid/graphics card because nothing shows up on the monitor. then again, it might be memory. If anyone can help out, it would be appreciated, thanx.

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nice site, i've been looking around for alittle while and can't come up with any answer that's not the same answer. I'm fixing an hp 533w for a friend. the problem is there is nothing on the monitor when i boot.no bios, no setup, no beep, nothing. everything is snug and in place on the motherboard.i have reset the bios, no luck. The power supply light in back is green , and the one is front is on as well, but nothing on the screen.every forum i have been to has suggested the power supply as the culprit, but i thought i would ask the opinion of all the genius' here. if anyone has any other ideas or similiar probs, plz let me know. thank you

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I have two Great Quality computers (barebones built in China) that are over 4 years old, and running Win 98SE. I want to up grade them so I got two Mobo's and processors (they are compatible) and installed them. Made all the connections and when I try to boot them up nothing. No post beeps and nothing on the monitor. The boards are getting power as the power supply and the cpu fan is running, but that is all there is. Any ideas on what to try? I have built many systems but never ran up against this problem, but then I never tried to up date something so old either.

A:No post beeps or boot up

Some Mobo's will not POST if you have the fan header in the wrong slot.

also reseat your RAM,check your CPU.

Generally if your computer doesn't post it's your RAM or Processor.

the thermal pad or paste on the CPU side.have you checked that?

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i have been given an older pc.
intel d845glad mobo
256mg of ram.

on power up i can access the bios, and make changes etc.
on exiting the machines starts to post, detects keyboard and mouse. hdd powers on. can open the cd tray. but then screen goes black, with a cursor blinking in top left of screen.

any thoughts?

A:Partial post, will not boot

Can be HardDrive setting (either Cable Select or Master, jumper on back)

Can be:

HardDrive data cable (IDE)

Even Windows itself, may need re-installing.

I hope that helps a little

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Hi guys
Well I had a complete system crash there was no warning at all when it happened . Now when I try to start the computer there are no beeps it's not even going through the post test, the two cd's drive lights come on like there looking for something but thats it, monitor is black nothing at all on the screen, computer just sits there doing nothing. Running W/XP Home I know that's not much info but that's all I have ant ideas? Dave

A:Computer will not boot not even post?

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Compaq presario 5000 windows xp home,
Problem started a few days ago. It powers up but wouldnt even post. Whats odd is when i laid it on its side and took the side panel off it booted up and seemed to be fine. I left it like this, shut it down last night and this morning it booted fine. Now after fully powering off it wont post.

I tried several on/off cycles and no change. PS voltages are good. I tried booting with no ram and no change. Tried reseating all cards and connecters and no change with ram in or out. Also tried a different ram stick. no go.

any ideas?

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So I bought my girlfriend a CD R/W drive for her birthday. She tried to install herself and ended up breaking the power switch on the front panel of her computer case. I go over and find the power switch broken useless, not repairable. Off to the store for a new case. I install everything into the new case and power up.....nadda. Since I didn't have the manual to the MB anymore and since I didn't realize that the row of jumpers for power, power LED, reset, etc. were vaguely marked I realized I missed by one pin on the power switch. I moved it over and powered up again. This time the drives power up, status LED on MB powers up, all fans power up, but no post, no beep, nothing. And the power switch doesn't power down, I have to hard power down at the power supply. Figuring I toasted the MB somehow I went out and picked up a new MB. Once again swapped everything out and same thing, everything powers up, but no post. And this is where I'm at....soo....

What the hell did I do wrong? I tried pulling everything except the HD and video, still no post, the HD doesn't even self check (I can't hear the head unlock)

At this point I am thinking, either the new case has a bum PS in it, I killed the PS when I miswired the soft power button (I doubt that) or something else. I dunno, and I need help. This is getting ugly.

A:no post, boot, nothing (longish)

Motherboard may have come with theCMOS jumper in "Clr" position- it wont start that way, you have to move it to "Normal" it's a 3 pin connector, they are labeled in most. That's one possible cause...

Screws that hold motherboard- are any touching anything other than the mounting holes- any put in, forgotten about, that did not line up with mounting holes in board?

Try reseating everything. (I know, you did it a hundred times...check the jumpers- by the book.) Reseat video card. Check all cables, for pin1 to pin1, and if you have an 80 wire blue or other color coded cable- put that end down on the motherboard to IDE port.
You could try a different power supply, too, make sure its an ATX if thats what you have in case now...If its a P4 system...plug the square extra power plug into motherboard to power CPU.
RAM module- if its a DIMM, single- should be in RAM slot 1 or 0.
Try different cables, maybe, or power supply plugs...
For the replaced power switch- they can be confusing, polarity with them is sometimes reversed. Try reversing it.

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Hi,I'm trying to fix my cousin's computer and i am unable to boot the computer from a cd or usb device because when the computer starts up, it automatically goes to something like "enter hdd password". once u enter the password it goes straight to the windows bootloader. there is no POST or anything that allows me to choose how i want to start up. How can i remove this password? It goes straight to the bootloader after the password prompt comes up. There is nothing to do prior to this. How can i fix this? I need to be able to boot from cd and hopefully remove this hdd password! Also i cannot access bios due to the password prompt and the automatic windows bootloader that comes after. I am seeing no way to access bios whatsoever. However i can still boot into windows and surf the internetand etc, so if i can do anything from there please do advise.

Windows Vista
ACER aspire 5520

A:No boot options or post?

Please post the brand, and model of the computer so we know what we're dealing with....

Also, what version of Windows is it runnin?

When I get that info I can move your thread for you....it will be better off in the Operating System forum.

By the way- If the computer is a notebook or laptop, look underneath for a tag or label the model etc is there.

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Intel Core 2 duo
Gigabyte p35-ds3l
2 gb crucial ballistix
geforce 8800gt
2 Hdds
antec sonata 3 w/500W earthwatts PSU
win XP

I have had this setup for over a year now and it has been working fine, there have been no symptoms leading up to my problem.

Computer froze, and on reboot would not POST, with no error codes.

Fans spin up, but no signal to the monitor,
Normally at boot GPU fan revs up to highspeed momentarily than ramps back down, but now it revs up and stays up, reset button does nothing have to hold power button.
PSU fan is not spinning during boot up but I am not sure if this fan is heat activated or not.

I have unplugged all non-essential devices leaving just RAM, CPU, GPU.
still no joy.

The last thing I have done is remove both RAM modules, at this point I do get either 3 beeps, then reboot and continuous.
Or I just get continuos beeps.
And the GPU fan does ramp down.

I have tried both Ram modules in all possible configurations to rule out Ram slots, always no beep codes with Ram plugged in.

So this leads me to believe it is either the PSU, or RAM is there any test I can try to tell which one, short of swapping as I have no spare parts handy.

A:No boot no post no beeps, help


Used multimeter on 4 pin molex connector, and 5v and 12v rails are fine.
Tested Aux connector and 3.3v, 5v, and 12v connectors are also fine.

Is there any way to test the voltage running to my Ram slots?

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I was wondering if anyone could help me here ,
I have this board and it just doesn't want to post at all .
I have tried two CPU's a 2200+ and an 1800+ and neither would fly.
I have tried this with ram and no ram since I only have 1 stick of ram and I know it works as it's from my other PC.
I have checked SW1 all are off but 5 is on I couldn't see anyother jumpers besides the audio jumpers.
I tried resetting the cmos but I'm removing the battery now and going to leave it out for a couple of hours.a side from this I don't know whats wrong with this thing , unless the board is just crapped out. which might be possible.

all the board does is power on for 1 sec (if that) and then the fans quit with no time for post or error's I have also done this with no cpu installed.
no ram no video cards.

any idea's

A:GA-7VAXP Won't Boot/post nothing.....

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I have a system that will not post upon boot-up? The system was functioning fine and one day I tried to boot and nothing!! I hear the hard drive spinning and all of the lights are operating, but no image on the monitor?? I have removed the hard drive and memory and placed into a like system and each seem to be working fine. I also ordered a new motherboard (thinking that the board may be bad) and still no post (Beep) upon boot?? I have changed the jumper setting on JBAT1 to clear the CMOS and returned it to the "save settings" position (pins 1 & 2). I have also cleared the CMOS setting by removing and replacing the battery on the board. I have verified that all of the hardware is supported (and it worked fine for months). What am I missing???????

A:XP System - No Post...No Boot-Up

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I have win xp home with 256 worth of memory.

my problem is that for some reason it boots very slow to post, what happens is when i turn on the pc it seems to sit there for a few minutes, then i can hear the network card make clicking sounds for about another 30 seconds or so then the hard drive kicks in and things boot fine. no problems with windows or booting after that.

It only seems to happen when i boot after the pc is down for a while.

the thing is is that I have win xp home on two machines,both networked, and both have visiontek xtasy 9200 cards in them,same config on both machines, but the first takes forever to boot to post and the second boots with no trouble at all.

I have ran both spybot (updated ) and adaware (updated) which cleaned out things, cleaned things up with the disk utility tools so forth and so on.

anybody have any ideas as to what can be causing this?

A:very slow boot to post

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I'm at my wit's end and hoping you all can help me. It's an older computer that I need and can't replace at this time because we are financially strapped due to unfortunate circumstances. I have a Dell Inspiron 570 that started having issues a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was the monitor because everything went black. Switched out the monitor and it worked fine for a week. Then nothing. All fans are working. It seems like the computer wants to POST but it's not. You will see a flicker on the screen and then nothing. No words will come across the screen. No beeps other than when I remove all RAM (stating it has no RAM). I've looked all over and now hope you all can help me to troubleshoot this and get it to working again. I don't mind small investments, in fact I have a new motherboard (same one) sitting here ready to be installed if needed. Aside from that, I need to wait several months to get a new computer. HELP me please!

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I have a Dell Dimension 9150 running XP Home, it has two 160gb hard drives set up using array controller, striped.

It boots up to POST then black screen and halts. It wont load safe mode stopping at \system32/config/system.

If I put in an XP cd to try and load Recovery Console it stops because it cant see the hard drives at all. They do show up in the BIOS though.

I've tried to do a repair install but again it says it can find the HDD's.

I've looked Dells support site and it gives info on 'Loading PBR for descriptor....done.' message which this pc shows just before halting with a black screen. It seems the only answer left is a reinstall from the factory image, however I need the docs etc off it as I don't have an up to date backup :( I've got Getdataback and it seems to work however everything it finds is corrupted so useless.

Any help greatly appreciated.


A:Xp Boot Halts after POST

Test the hard drive for possible failure before trying anything else. The drive manufacturer's (most of them anyway) have free downloads of their own diagnostic software. The links are here: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

Since Windows won't start, you will need to download the DOS version of the diagnostic software. This is an ISO file from which you must make a bootable CD using IMGBurn from here: Download ImgBurn - FileHippo.com

When you've made the CD on any working computer, use it to boot your faulty PC from.
(You may have to go into the BIOS settings first and set the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive as the first boot device).

The testing software will load and you can test the drive.

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Whenever I turn my computer on, the light on the button, that is suppose to turn blue, stays yellow and the fan makes a loud noise, and it never did that when I booted my computer weeks ago. The problem started last week when me and my family moved into a new house. Everything is plugged in correctly, we checked the inside and nothing got loose or unplugged, we tried removing each of the ram (2X 1gig Crucial sticks), looked inside the psu and it seemed ok. What should we do so that we don't have to get it serviced or buy a new one? Thank you

A:Stuck in POST - won't boot

Seems that your COMS battery is dead. Replace it. It is a flat rounded battery inside the machine. Look at the type of battery it is and replace with the same one.

Then go into BIOS press which ever button to get into bios sometimes F2 or similar.
Press f9 or an option that will load defaults. Press F10 to save settings then it should work.

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A computer I was working on for some reason no longer boots, nor does it display any post data that it normally does when booting.

It gives no screen activity at all, no beep codes, and I cannot make the caps lock or num lock LEDs light up on the keyboard. I tried this with two other monitors and keyboards, but still the same thing. I even tested the BIOS battery. I've made sure everything is securely plugged in inside, and I even tried unplugging everything I could, but still no luck.

Any ideas??

A:No boot, no post data

Have you tested the SMPS??

May be your power supply is not functioning properly

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I'm trying to update a friend's computer cheaply. I've purchased the following parts:

MB: Soyo 7VBA133U
CPU: Intel Celeron 1.3 GHz (Tualitin Core)
G Card: Asus X Series V9400 (nVidia MX 4000 GPU)
HD: Western Digital WD400 40 GB
RAM: Generic PC133 256 MB

The system doesn't need to be screaming; she only uses it for light home use (i.e. some pictures, mostly music).

When I try to boot it, the system starts the posts but hangs on post code D3 (Phoenix Amibios). 1 out of 50 reboots will be successful and load Windows.

How do I get the system to boot everytime?

A:PC Won't Boot / Post Problems


Is this a fresh install of (windows?)?
I would strip the sys down to bare:
if not then switch out each item until succeful.
When successful I would clear cmos.
Then add HDD.
Then setup bios as desired.
Then do fresh install
Then add devices (sound, lan, cdrom etc.) one at a time.
Not everyone will agree with me but you need some form of
fact finding without too many devices all at once.

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Hi Everyone,

Bit of a toughy here but hope you can help me out.

Went to turn my computer on this morning, everything seemed fine as I had been using it for hours the night before. Anyway what happened was the computer sounded like it turned on ok, but the screen wasn't working. The screen was in 'stand by' mode as in there was power to it but no actual signal.

So tried another, screen - same thing happened. Tried both these screens on different computers and they worked fine.

So did some research about computers and booting and came across the term 'POST'. From what I understand ALL computers will make a small beep when they boot which is known as POSTing - a basic indication that the boot sequence was successful or not.

My computer is not making any sounds or beeps on start-up. The floppy disk and CD drive will spin and light up but no beeps. So the question I beckon is:

1) Do ALL computers definitely POST (beep upon successful Boot)?
2) If your computer is not POSTing, where to then? I think it's a matter of replacing the motherboard.
3) Is DIY replacing a motherboard a big thing? If I can source the exact same motherboard and just to a simple switch - will that be ok?

Thanks everyone - any comments very appreciated.


A:Computer won't POST (boot)

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hi guys i recently purchased a new graphics card ( gtx 960 jetstream (palit)), and tried to install it into my pc, the first time, it worked perfectly after i bought the 6 pin connecter for power etc, was playing some games and t hen my pc crashed , forgot the error code, but it collected some data and restarted, afterwards my pc wouldnt boot, the fans and ligth would come on however , there would be no beep or signal on the screen, and after 30 secs it would reboot. i took the graphics card out and tried to boot it, worked perfectly , put my old gpu in (gt 740) boots perfectly, so i thought its a card issue, luckily i was building another pc and i tried the gpu in that one, ... works perfectly , so now im stuck because all the components work perfectly but the gpu doesnt want to work in my gaming pc.

i5-3470 @3.5 ghz
16gb hyperx fury ram ddr3
gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H motherboard (atx)
500gb toshiba ssd
320gb hdd seagate
new gpu(nvidia gtx 960)
old gpu(nvidia gt 740)
psu- ace 500w


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Hello everyone, I'm here to request some assistance with my computer that has stopped working.

OS:Windows 7 Ultimate 64
CPU: Pentium 4 G2120
GPU: HD 6870
RAM: 4GB Crucial DDR3 1333mhz

Firstly, on my Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD4 motherboard, I was having an issue with the ram (There was a continuous beep), so I tried another stick of ram, and there was the same problem. I figured that there was possibly a problem with the motherboard itself, because previously I had the same problem and it was fixed by placing the RAM into a different slot. And so I purchased another motherboard (Gigabyte H61M-S1) today, and tried running. I was still given the same error. I bought another brand new stick of RAM and tried that; still no luck. I have already tried running without GPU (using on-board), but still the same error of the continuous beep. I have also tried cleaning out the other RAM sticks, among changing PSU's. I have a slight feeling that the stock cooler I have on the CPU may no longer be sufficient for the CPU, and the problem might lie there. I have also tried bread boarding the build. Thanks for your help in advance.

A:Boot-up Issue (No POST)

Post the exact pw supply you have installed.

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I have a HP pavillion which won't go past the POST test.
Any suggestions?

Would having more RAM than the motherboard can handle cause this???

A:boot problem at POST

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This issue only just started about a week ago. This only happens when I first boot up my ASUS K73SV laptop, it will run fine for about five minutes, but then it will gradually start to lock everything up, to where whatever programs I was using stop responding, then the taskbar is the next to go, and then anything else. The only thing I can do is move my cursor around as the blue wheel spins, and wait precisely five minutes until everything starts back up again. I was going to try a system restore, but the access points do not go far enough back. My computer is very frequently cleaned with CCLeaner, and I have avast! to help make sure nothing is infecting me. I've made sure I have no suspicious programs installed and everything. I am at a loss. I do not know what else is left to do.
After Budapest was unable to help me in my topic "Locking Up Issue", they referred me to this area to follow the instructions and make a post with my DDS log. Here it is as so.

DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64
Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.17280
Run by Mike at 23:08:58 on 2014-10-09
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.8104.1525 [GMT -4:00]
AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {17AD7D40-BA12-9C46-7131-94903A54AD8B}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {ACCC9CA4-9C28-93C8-4B81-AFE241D3E736}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.ex... Read more

A:Post-Boot-up Freezing

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your Desktop.Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click the Scan button and wait for the process to complete.Click the Report button and the report will open in Notepad.IMPORTANTIf you click the Clean button all items listed in the report will be removed.If you find some false positive items or programs that you wish to keep, Close the AdwCleaner windows.Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click the Scan button and wait for the process to complete.Check off the element(s) you wish to keep.Click on the Clean button follow the prompts.A log file will automatically open after the scan has finished.Please post the content of that log file with your next answer.You can find the log file at C:\AdwCleaner[Sn].txt (n is a number).===Download the version of this tool for your operating system.Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (64 bit)Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (32 bit)and save it to a folder on your computer's Desktop.Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.Press Scan button.It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.The first t... Read more

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hi guys i recently purchased a new graphics card ( gtx 960 jetstream (palit)), and tried to install it into my pc, the first time, it worked perfectly after i bought the 6 pin connecter for power etc, was playing some games and t hen my pc crashed , forgot the error code, but it collected some data and restarted, afterwards my pc wouldnt boot, the fans and ligth would come on however , there would be no beep or signal on the screen, and after 30 secs it would reboot. i took the graphics card out and tried to boot it, worked perfectly , put my old gpu in (gt 740) boots perfectly, so i thought its a card issue, luckily i was building another pc and i tried the gpu in that one, ... works perfectly , so now im stuck because all the components work perfectly but the gpu doesnt want to work in my gaming pc.

i5-3470 @3.5 ghz
16gb hyperx fury ram ddr3
gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H motherboard (atx)
500gb toshiba ssd
320gb hdd seagate
new gpu(nvidia gtx 960)
old gpu(nvidia gt 740)
psu- ace 500w


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I have just put together a pc using:

gigabyte GA-8IPE775-G mobo
P4 HT 2.8Ghz
256 DDR Ram
Windows XP

The computer turns on fine tests the memory however it hangs for approx 1 minute before detecting the IDE devices. Detects them fine and hangs for another minute before going to the next screen and then another minute before windows starts to load. Once windows takes over it seems to work fine.

Have reloaded the bios, stripped the pc to bare essentials and still the same problem.

Any ideas would be great as getting very frustrated. Thanks

A:slow boot up POST

There are a couple of things you can check / set to speed the boot process up.Keep in mind a slow boot does not mean there is anything wrong with your machine.
In the bios there should be a setting to 'allow quick boot'
Disable unused ide channels if any .
Set the boot order to start with your HDD first.
Also in Windows minimize the number of programs/services that auto start.

P.S. Welcome to Techspot!

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I'm not a computer guru but I do not know what the term is called when the computer starts up and you see the 'F1' through 'F12' commands.

My HPdv6700 laptop which has Win7 Ultimate 64-bit has not been able to get pass this screen. Basically all I see is 'hp invent' and stuck here for hours. Before it used to run fine with WinVista 32-bit.

I don't know but I was suggested maybe it's something with my BIOS?

A:Post boot freezing

My HPdv6700 laptop which has Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit has not been able to get pass this screen. Basically all I see is 'hp invent' and stuck here for hours. Before it used to run fine with WinVista 32-bit.

So Windows 7 has never worked since upgrading from Vista?

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Right, built a computer for someone, and i've been plagued by problems right from the start. I'll list the spec first:

Athlon64 3800+
Asus A8N5X
BFG nVidia 7600GT
1GB Crucial DDR RAM [PC3200]
Zalman CNPS7000B-CU
Akasa Ultra Quiet 400W Power Supply
Western Digital Caviar Raid Edition 250GB IDE (his choice, not mine)
Samsung Dual Layer DVD Burner

Now i can't see any problems with the initial setup, no compatibility errors etc. Installed XP and on first boot-up it took approx 5 mins to get into XP. Disabled quiet boot, and it was taking a long time to POST, but i couldn't see any particular points that it took longer to get past. Went through the BIOS and disabled everything that wasn't needed, stopped error halting etc as i was using a USB mouse and keyboard. Still had the same issues. Also, at the same time i was having trouble graphics-wise, had a blue tinge to everything on one DVI port, and a cyan tinge on the other. Ignore this for now though, as i'll come back to this. I thought i'd try flashing the BIOS to see if this would solve it, but curiously, AsusUpdate listed the BIOS rev as one for completely different mainboard (I forget the model number, but it definitely wasn't correct). I eventually managed to flash the BIOS with the correct update, but this had no effect at all, still the same problems. At this point, i concluded it had to be the motherboard, so i sent it back. The supplier tested it and decided it was indeed faulty,... Read more

A:5 mins to POST/boot into XP

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