Hello. Wow this place seems nice, might come here regularly from now on.
Well two days ago I decided to start an old computer that had been gathering dust since 2012 and see if I could repair it. It's a hp d325 from around 2005. And I did manage to fix a number of issues, only now I'm worse off than when I first started.
This is what I saw when I had first started the PC. All I did to "fix" it was disconnect the CMOS for a minute and nudge the RAM, cleaned out the dust and rearranged the various cables. I didn't think much of it because I never saw it again.
My problem is that the next day I went and reseated the RAM completely, only now I can't get past POST. Nothing on the screen, hard drive is powered but not being read. There are 5 bleeps, second between each and then a break before repeating, as far as I know that does indicate that there is a problem with the RAM.
And this here is what the slots look like. That one latch is broken, has been before I went in there. It's DDR RAM, and normally I've two sticks of 1024MB in there. I tried all the configurations possible, switching slots, even putting in some 512MB sticks that I had laying around.
Before I had this problem I had just finished wiping the hard drive, but I didn't turn it back on immediately afterwards and instead went on reseating the RAM. I don't think it's related but it's worth mentioning, at the moment there is no OS installed.
It's a really dusty system, or was before I carefully wiped it down with cloth. I don't have any pressurized air around that I can use, but compared to what was there it's good enough, unless some got in the slots and that is what is causing the issue.
I guess the whole reason why I'm asking for help is because I am running out of ideas. Tomorrow I'll be testing the power supply since I've been meaning to do that anyway, and I might try and clean the contacts of the RAM with alcohol, unless there are other suggestions.
Would appreciate all the help I can get.