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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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Hello,
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.

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Hi,
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,

Matt


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 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.

Thanks,
Gary
 

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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'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

A:PC will not boot - no post

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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.

Thanks
tkh

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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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
Thanks.
 

A:post but no boot

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

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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 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 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 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'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)
JustMe2
 

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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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Hi all,

This one is driving me up the wall so hopefully someone can help. My system specs are:

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 Motherboard
Intel Q6600 processor
Tuniq Tower Heatsink/Fan
Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 RAM (3x1GB)
WD 150GB Raptor HDD (SATA)
WD 500GB Caviar Black HDD (SATA)
Lite-On DVD (SATA)
Corsair 620HX PSU
EVGA 8800GTS 512 Video Card
Creative X-Fi Fatality Sound Card
In an Antec 900 Case

Everything was working fine up until a few days ago. I rebooted to complete a software installation, and after the system POSTs, it does nothing. Literally, nothing. Black screen, no cursor. But it DOES POST. (I feel the need to reiterate that since on other forums people overlook that detail).

I cannot boot into Safe Mode because the system doesn't even get that far. Immediately after POSTing I get the black screen. At this point I have replaced the motherboard, thinking that was the problem, but the result is identical. I have replaced the power supply, since the system DOES POST but can't boot from any HDD, CD/DVD, or USB drive (all give the black screen as a result), but that hasn't fixed it either. It isn't my RAM, I've replaced that as well. It isn't my video card, I've tried booting with the onboard video which my brand new motherboard has, and get the same result. I've replaced all power cables, SATA cables, and even the power cable going from the PSU to the wall.

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A:Can POST, can't boot to any device

Nice set up dude! I cannot find anymore powerful system than the one you got their brother.
Can you help me setup my own machine too? I really want to setup a new machine and I prefer for gaming.
Please let me know so I can allocate a budget for that in time for this coming holiday! merry christmas to you my friend.

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natural foods
 

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I have an issue with my computer booting up past POST Boot, it seems like it just sit there once powered on, front light just blinks over and over again but nothan happens on screen any additional info i can post as questions are asked. also have video of the pc doing its hickup.

Not sure if i explain it right and i am at the moment uploading video what this computer does. i haven never seen this happen

A:POST BOOT FAILURE???

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Originally Posted by Noixion


I have an issue with my computer booting up past POST Boot, it seems like it just sit there once powered on, front light just blinks over and over again but nothan happens on screen any additional info i can post as questions are asked. also have video of the pc doing its hickup.

Not sure if i explain it right and i am at the moment uploading video what this computer does. i haven never seen this happen





VIdeo of the PC
PC issue - YouTube

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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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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
Notebook
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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My desktop boots up fine except for the fact that I changed my log in pass code and can't remember it. I want to try resetting it using the Win XP CD installation disk; however, when I boot up, the screen is black until I see the log in page. So, I do not see the option to "Press Any Key to Boot to CD." I am able to open the bios, by pressing F* to set the boot sequence to CD Drive. Any ideas on how I can resolve this.

Also, you have any ideas in resetting my pass code, it would be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes,

Victor

A:No POST Messages on Boot

under the forum rules we offer no help with password problems

go into the bios and set cd as first boot

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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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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

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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]
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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}
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============== Running Processes ===============
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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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I have this pc that runs xp pro, after turning the box on it goes through the the statup saying that its an athlon/ then goes through the memory/ shows my 2 cdroms and then nothing/ non boot to windows. it just stops the light isnt blinking nada, anyone have an idea, need more info just let me know i will do the best i can to help you help me
 

A:Need Help! Non Boot, Stops @ end of POST

Most lockups at the POST indicate hardware issues.
When did the issue begin? Any new hardware added?
If yes then remove the hardware then boot up again.
If no then remove everything external that's plugged
into the computer [except for monitor, power] and
try booting.. if it still locks up then you're more than
likely looking at something internal. Try reseating
internal components etc.

Try searching the forums.. lotsa ppl have had this
issue before. You may find some helpful suggestions.
 

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Hey folks,

I have a slightly old-ish Compaq EvoN15 (AMD4) laptop that has completely given up and produces the following error shortly after the "COMPAQ" logo appear after you switch it on:

:...
Err 5:Error Finding VFLOPPY.SYS
Err 8: Fake floppy driver not found
Press any key to boot active partition

After i press any key, the HDD light will stay on, sounds like it's doing nothing, but it doesn't, i'm just left staring at a black screen.

I have tried re-installing using the Compaq recovery CD's but the laptop simply will not boot from them, even though it is set to boot first in the BIOS.
Help!
 

A:Laptop will not Boot/POST.

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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.

Joel
 

A:Computer won't POST (boot)

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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
 

A:hp 533w won't boot/no post

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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!

Chris.
 

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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).
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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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Hello,
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

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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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Sony Vaio desktop, 2005, has boot hang-up, and after slowly going
through the obvious, my question is if there is something I'm missing?

Boot stops at manufacturer's and Pentium 4 logo after making one beep and message "Input 2: HP15. No drives recognized, so nothing with recovery disks. No keyboard shortcut to Bios. I've attempted:

1) replace power supply,
2) reseat memory chip after rest,
3) reseated RAM sticks and MB plug,
4) removed exterior plugs, was able to transfer some files from the HD to another computer.

Any suggestions for me at this point? I don't know what else to look
at except CPU/fan and the MB. Can always freeze and retry my HD, I guess. bookburn

A:Boot hang up at POST

Hi, and welcome to TSF.


Quote:





Originally Posted by Dim Witte


Input 2: HP15.




The only information I can find about this code makes me think its being generated by your monitor. Did you see a message saying " Out of scan range"?

Do you have another monitor you can try?

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I think that i have the same problem, i just installed a new mb and cpu, everything should be transferable/compatable, but when i start up it turns on , ie fans hd drives etc, but it doesn't load up, everything is in but no boot(post), the only problems i think that it could be is that the mb has both sdram and ddr ram, and my athlon xp/mb use a 266 fsb and the ram is 133, could this be a problem, i want to upgrade to the ddr, but moey is an issue, and i don't want to buy the ram right now unless it is the fix, trial and error is probably the only answer, but that can cost money. Could the motyherboard be bad???

i could try a new graphics card, but i thought the video test was after the ram/drive tests or is it first becvause the video info comes up first on the screen before those othersteps??? maybe i'll try as new card before ram, hmm
Dan
 

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I recently have been having a very strange issue with my custom built pc. From the time i press the power switch to the time i get to the log in is about 15 - 20 mins. It takes very slow to do every stage of the boot process. If i try and enter the bios it freezes up. I'm not sure what to do but have come to fear turning my computer off because it takes so long to turn back on... Please help!!

A:Very slow post and boot... please help!

Are you using that computer right now? If so, I might want to check some BIOS upgrades. Try to identify your Motherboard, get to the companies site, locate your motherboard, and look for a BIOS update. That might resolve it.

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Hi

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.

Ali

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 2.5.6.0 - 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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i have been given an older pc.
p41.7ghz
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)
Ram
CPU
PowerSupply

Even Windows itself, may need re-installing.

I hope that helps a little
 

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I went out today and came back and my PC was stuck at the "Last known good configuration screen". I tried to boot into windows using that setting and nothing happened, my PC Just restarted and the cycle began back to that screen again.

I restarted, POST gave me no errors but i was still unable to get into windows, I put my disk in and attempted to repair my installation and once again it wouldn't load, I got to loading necessary files etc (With the bar at the bottom) then the PC restart after that..

I'm thinking it could be a hard drive issue, I've got a spare old hdd i can try, but before i pull apart my PC i thought id ask here.

A:PC Won't boot, POST beep is OK!

Follow it:
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start

Or, run Startup Repair for three separate times, with restarts after every single run.
Startup Repair: Run three separate times.

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It takes me roughly 4 to 5 hours, start to finish, to assemble a new PC and load the OS. I lost count of how many systems I've built over the years, but this one has me stumped, I've never seen anything like it!! I hope there's someone out there that can shed some light into what's going on....
I started out with:
Intel LGA775 ATX Motherboard BLKDP965LTCK (D41694),
Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 LGA 775 Processor,
Zalman Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler,
Mushkin 4GB (2X2GB) DDR2 Memory,
Logisys All Clear 550W ATX Power Supply (With UV Cable Management sleeves),
eVGA GeForce 9600GT Superclocked 512MB GDDR3 PCIe 2.0 Video Card,
Two Seagate Barracuda ES.2 500GB SATA Hard Drives,
One Sony 20X SATA DVD Burner,
and I added an AVerMedia AVerTVHD MCE A180 PCI ATSC HDTV Card,
HP w2207h Monitor,
Creative SoundBlaster Audigy SE 5.1 Channel PCI Sound Card.
I packed it all into an Blue Apevia Aspire X-Plorer ATX Mid Tower Case with enough mods to light up the whole house with a bright blue glow.
For the initial setup I was using my old 19" Viewsonic VGA Monitor, and I had done a full assembly on the case. Once assembled, I hit the power switch, the case lit up, all fans came on, the monitor came on for 15 seconds, then went to Power-Save Mode. Okay, I decided to strip it down to bare-bones to set it up, but it still did the same thing.
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A:New PC will not post or boot, $1,800 Nightlight

Go back to basics. Is it plugged in? Thermal paste? bad case, bad case switch, bad cable. We have seen this at least three times due to bad case pins, switches, or cables. It has to be there, right? You have a fundamental failure that you would not normally expect. Check your electrical box to see if one of the switches has been thrown open. Verified adequate electrical power at the socket. Do you have a volt ohm meter?
Test everything from that basic level.
Then, leave it alone for 24 hours. Get some rest. then when your frustration level is down and your sense of humor is back, get to work.
I would start out with the most basic system. Motherboard, CPU, thermal paste very thin, one memory module, and any bootable device... preferably a USB floppy drive or a simple optical drive.
Does it boot?
Keep adding components one at a time starting with additional memory... until you have tested each device one at a time, removing other stuff util you create a history for each component.
 

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Hey all,

I've been messing around with this issue for weeks and haven't had much luck. Hopefully people might have some ideas.

A few months back my computer was off when I went downstairs in the morning. Probably a power failure. When I turned my system on the computer wouldn't post.

So, I pulled all my ram and cleaned my system. I reinstalled the ram and it still wouldn't work. I proceeded to start testing 1 ram stick at a time. Any 2 ram would work at the same time so I conceeded to work with a 2gig in my first slot and a 1 gig in my 3rd slot (the pair slot for slot 1). This worked for a few weeks and than one morning my computer wouldn't post at all.

So here I am now.
Today I completely stripped my system down and rebuilt. I added a new power source just as a suspicion and proceeded to try. Nothing, no post. I pulled all ram and put my 2gig in ram slot 1. No Post, I placed 1gig in slot 1 and it posted and gave me a Checksum error. Probably because I had pulled my battery a week or so ago. I defaulted in the bios and rebooted. Load took it to the "Windows did not load properly" and I chose start windows normaly. At this point I get the first windows loading bar and than black and nothing. The CD rom spools up like a mad beast for about 3 mins and than everything calms and nothing more occurs.

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A:Boot issue, won't post... sometimes

It could be the motherboard. It could also be more than one thing. It might be helpful to the diagnosis if you gave your system specifications.
 

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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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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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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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Hardware.

Intel Core 2 duo
Gigabyte p35-ds3l
2 gb crucial ballistix
geforce 8800gt
2 Hdds
1 DVDRW
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

update.

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

Specs:
OS:Windows 7 Ultimate 64
CPU: Pentium 4 G2120
GPU: HD 6870
RAM: 4GB Crucial DDR3 1333mhz
HDD: WD 320GB

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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Hi im getting this error message when I go to boot up my new rig I am building, currently I just have the power supply, ram, cpu and motherboard installed which is a MSI board, I dont have a hard drive or anything else installed yet. I did a POST last night with the parts outside of the case and the system booted up into Bios etc.. but today after installing the parts inside my case I get this error message on screen when I boot up the system now.

EFI Shell Version 2.31
Current Running mode 1.1.2
Map: Cannot find required map name.
"??" is not recognized as an Internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Press ESC in 1 Second to skip startup.nsh, any other key to continue.

If I press ESC it doesn't do anything or If I press any other button it just gives me a
Shell > command.

Please leave me a post if you can help me out. thanks alot.
 

A:Help on POST boot getting error

Not really sure , But check all your connection , Plus clear the cmos . See if this helps. If not hopefully someone who knows a little more will help you out.
 

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