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#1 8-bit

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 11:17 AM

When I turn it on the hard drive makes a few whirling noises and then nothing. What caught my eye first was the fact that no signal was getting to the monitor and the power light on the front of the monitor was just blinking. I decided to open it up and maybe try a new video card when I found that most of the components were on board and so cannot be removed. With pcs like this are they possible to repair or should I just bin it?

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 11:36 AM

It sounds old, and if it is I would bin it. If it's at least 4 years old I would try and fix it up, unless you have the money to buy a new one that is..
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Posted 15 October 2006 - 11:47 AM

that whiling sound could be the start of the famous tick of death, meaning it only has a short time left before its dead.

advice:
- use the drive as little as possible
- don't try to clone the drive there may not be enough life in it
- check to see if you have the drivers of the parts of the comp
- check to see that you have the license keys for os and office
- check to see if you have the files you need.
- if the tick of death starts put the drive in the freezer over night
it might just give you a little more life
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Posted 15 October 2006 - 12:55 PM

hi, 8-Bit,

if your mother's pc is ok for what she uses it for, then try plugging in a graphics card, that should disable the on-board graphics, if graphics was the problem.

best way to check and save the data off the hard drive is to slave it to another working computer. if the drive is kaput, then hard drives are pretty cheap, cheaper than buying a whole new system.

good luck

#5 8-bit

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 04:47 PM

Thanks for the replies. They isn'st an AGP port and I don't have a PCI gfx card that I could try. Could it be the PSU that has died as well?

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 11:49 PM

There are pci video cards too if the on-board adapter is bad.

Like this one:
ATI Rage 128 Pro / 32MB SDRAM / PCI / VGA / Video Card Price: $19.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...2&CatId=319

Edited by Enthusiast, 15 October 2006 - 11:52 PM.


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Posted 16 October 2006 - 11:32 AM

Many thanks. I'll check out Ebay here in the UK :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 06:42 PM

I got hold of a PCI graphics card and tried that but it still behaves the same. The strange thing is when I disconnected the monitor from the back of the pc the power light on the front of the monitor stopped flashing and remained on and I got the 'NO VIDEO SIGNAL DETECTED' message. I guess that means that the m/b is not dishing out any video data from both the AGP slot of PCI slots and that its the m/b thats screwed.




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