Posted 06 November 2010 - 08:36 PM
My in-laws' older pc had a problem with the integrated graphics card. I disassembled it and brought it to my house to try different monitors. The monitors that I know work still would not work with this pc. I removed the hard drive and placed it in an external case to ensure the hard drive was still functional. No settings were changed on the hard drive.
The hard drive was re-installed into the old pc. A PCI graphics card was installed, as well. Upon boot, the hard drive will not spin if the IDE cable is attached. If the IDE cable is removed, it spins.
Because I can't get beyond this point, I could not determine if the video card was the answer. I removed it and attempted a boot again. The hard drive will not spin if the IDE cable is attached. If it is not attached, I have no way of determining how far the pc boots. Removing the IDE cable from the CD-ROM drive has no effect.
The pc in question is about five years old, but custom-made. As for its specs, that is difficult to ascertain. The video and audio are integrated into the motherboard.
I cannot afford a new pc for my in-laws.
Any suggestions are welcomed, even "is the power cord plugged into the pc and a functioning wall outlet".