Posted 18 September 2009 - 07:00 PM
I have a computer that I am working on that will not boot. When you press the power button, the computer never turns on the monitor and never sends any sort of picture to the monitor. The monitor knows that the computer is there because I unplug the monitor and I get the cable disconnected window that moves around on the screen. Also, on the Dell monitor that I am using, the light near the power button blinks like it does when it is waiting on the computer.
I took the hard drive out and connected it to another computer without any problems. I was able to access everything on it and was able to run a chkdsk and scan it for viruses. I tried unplugging the computer and taking the battery out of the motherboard for a period of time so that it might reset the bios (I don't know if this actually does anything) and that did not affect it at all.
I am told that the machine, before this current state, would boot but not get to the login screen. There would be a blue screen and the mouse pointer, but no other progress. It has since gotten worse. I have tried putting the Windows disk into the drive so it might boot from the CD, but there still is nothing that shows on the monitor that tells me it is even trying.
The machine is a Dell Dimension 4600 running a 2.8 GHz Pentium 4.