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Computer Turns on but Nothing Happens


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#1 Ant_Teh_Nee

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 09:19 PM

So I've been tinkering with an older Gateway Windows XP machine to upgrade it, but when I turn it on, nothing happens. The fans spin up and everything, but it doesn't boot into Windows, the BIOS never shows up, AND my monitor doesn't know what do do with the signal! My monitor just shuts off when I plug it in! I'm particularly concerned with the Hard Drive. It makes no noise. Any help is... well... helpful!

 

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 11:51 AM

First thing I would do is open it up and check all the connections. :) Results?

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 08:35 PM

Well, I'm going to reseat everything on Saturday. I looked in the case and everything was connected.



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Posted 16 February 2017 - 08:10 PM

Well, turns out that the CPU's heatsink is extremely difficult to remove. Going to put some elbow grease on this thing during the weekend. I'll update with results



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Posted 26 February 2017 - 12:52 AM

'Twas too troublesome to bother removing the heatsink, as I just had an idea.

 

While messing with an older Windows ME PC, my monitor wasn't plugged in properly. Guess what happened? It turned on, but no post or boot into Windows! Plugged the monitor in and rebooted, and it worked. Maybe it's a similar problem here?

 

Turns out my monitor is also trying to display the screen in 1080p (and I can't manually switch it), when the integrated graphics probably doesn't support it, so that could explain it too.


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Posted 26 February 2017 - 11:07 PM

Honestly, I'm not exactly sure what to do here. :( I'd try posting over at the Internal Hardware forums.


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