The BIOS is a piece of software that lives on your motherboard. When you first start your computer, BIOS is what is running when you see mostly black screens with a bunch of numbers and giberish. It, among other things, checks all the hardware on your computer, and when it is satisfied that everything is in working order turns the computer over to Windows, and then you start seeing Windows load.
You are not seeing Windows load, therefore that tells me that you are not getting past the BIOS checking the hardware on the computer. This is called the POST or Power On Self Test. You are not passing the POST. Therefore you are having some hardware component fail, or at least the BIOS thinks it is failing.FIRST
Let's look at some simple things. Make sure you do not have any disks in any of your disk drives. Then open your computer (after unplugging it from the wall) and check to see if all power cords and cables are connected properly to the various components. Then get a can of compressed air (at any computer store, or office supply store, Radio Shack, etc) and blow all the dust off of all the components and fans inside the computer.
Also, if you have two sticks of RAM installed in your computer, remove one. If the computer still won't boot, swap sticks and try again. At least this is a simple way to test the RAM on your computer.NEXT
Let us know if you were having any troubles with this computer before this recent problem started happening. Was it running slower than before? Was it rebooting on it's own? Things like that. Give us a good history including error messages, if any.
Edited by Albert Frankenstein, 10 May 2006 - 05:40 AM.