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Computer won't beep or startup


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#1 WynterWolf

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 08:34 PM

I am trying to figure out if I need to replace the motherboard or processor or both. The computer powers on, runs through the DVD drives and the fans come on but no beep and nothing but blackness. I have tested the monitor, just in case.

Here are the specs...
HP Pavilion A6050Y
4G Ram
Intel Pentium D925 3.0 Ghz, 4MB, 800mhz
400GB Hard Drive
256MB NVidia GForce 7500LE
Vista Home Premium

I'm thinking the processor but my ex-husband was the comp tech (we no longer speak... lol) and I have just enough knowledge to be completely dangerous. I can replace the processor myself but I am not crazy about messing with the motherboard.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 11:07 PM

Did you made any hardware changes?

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:26 AM

No changes made.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 10:48 AM

It sounds like you're getting power to the computer, can you open the optical drive tray? If so try the following.

I'm guessing that this is a custom build? If this is the case do you have the installation CD for your copy of Vista? Place the CD in the optical drive and restart your computer. If it loads the operating system then it's either a problem with the hdd or the operating system.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 02:52 PM

Also try reseating the memory and video card as well as all cabling.

What prompted this? Anything unusal? Power go out or anything?
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Posted 29 January 2011 - 09:48 AM

Unusually, it's not a custom build. I used the bootable diagnostics cd. The drive opened and the cd read but nothing happened except for a disturbing roaring noise. I'm really leaning toward the processor now. I reseated the memory and checked the video card to no avail.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 10:16 AM

Did anything show on the monitor?

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:40 AM

Absolutely nothing on the monitor. The roaring noise was from inside the computer not the drive. The drive started to read but that was it beside the noise. I haven't made any changes. I have the feeling that the processor overheated. My boyfriend and my nanny (also male) moved it to the carpeted floor a while back. I don't think it was getting enough airflow. With my work schedule, I hadn't had time to blow it out. When I opened the case it looked pretty dirty. Ewwwww. Sorry, being girlie.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 01:16 PM

Let us know what happens after you clean out the dust bunnies.:thumbup2:

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