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#1 jimlau


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Posted 26 October 2015 - 11:28 AM

my old dell dimension 4600 pc will no longer boot.  it powers up, but I don't get to the stage where you hear that beep sound, i think when it is as far as into the bios.  nothing seems unplugged.  my DVD disc drive works, as it powers up, and has a bootable cd in it, but it never gets that far.  nothing ever shows on the monitor either.
does it sound like this is shot? anything a newbie can do to diagnose this?

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#2 RolandJS


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Posted 26 October 2015 - 11:51 AM

  Onsite tech would often remove cover, unplug cd-dvd player, unplug [back then FD &] HDs, remove sound card and all other [back then PCI & legacy] cards, remove memory sticks, unplug monitor, mouse & keyboard.  Something should beep with just the PS-MB post.  Add keyboard.  Add mouse.  Add memory [1 stick at a time].  PC should at least not be "going backwards" - hopefully you still get post beep.  Add monitor and keyboard [watch for any accidental bent pins].  Add either CD-DVD w/boot disk or HD, if can get into BIOS - make sure boot order includes cd-dvd along with HD boot.  Hopefully, computer, successfully posting, begins boot sequence.  Keep us informed. 

  Incidentally, by removing and replacing the above material, you are refreshing the numerous connections. 

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