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#1 cmgith

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 11:44 PM

Windows xp pro shuts off, powers down and won't restart, while booting and never gets beyond the initial stage of booting. Can't get to set up F2 or boot menu F8. Have ruled out the monitor, keyboard, have removed dirt/dust, checked that everything is seated, fan operable, etc. Have tried a diagnostic "ultimate boot disc" to no avail. The computer sat unused for about 8 months, and was unplugged/disconnected during most of this time. It was dropped from about 6 inches above the floor while moving it to new location a few months ago, landed on corner of case on carpet but to the naked eye nothing looks jarred loose or broken. Thanks for any advice or ideas you may have.

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 11:57 PM

Does the computer post correctly? (one single bios beep, then nothing?)

if it does, unplug the power connector to the hard drive, unplug the drive data cable at both the hard drive and mainboard connections, and replug everything back in, firmly, but gently, insuring that the cable and power are fully seated. If this does not work, go into the bios and make sure that the hard drive is detected. Let us know.
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Posted 12 July 2007 - 12:49 AM

Thanks for the reply. No beep, nada. Did the unplug sequence as instructed, all seated, and hard drive is detected.

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Posted 12 July 2007 - 07:16 AM

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/70216/hardware-troubleshooting-via-system-stripdown/ It'll help, but you'll have to skip the steps about booting from a CD until you isolate the issue.

Edited by usasma, 12 July 2007 - 07:17 AM.

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 06:59 PM

john, thank you for the reply. sorry for the delay, had this computer torn apart switching memory, etc. with the computer with the problem in an effort to rule out hardware issues. no luck tho. i'll try the link you suggest and will let you know what happens. an added note (if i read your post correctly): thanks for all that you have done and continue to do to serve and defend the USA and our families. you're my hero. cmgith

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 06:15 AM

Thanks cmgith! The United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) was my last duty station before retiring for medical reasons about 4 years ago.

The link provides more detailed suggestions about system stripdown and troubleshooting - I hope that it'll help find the problem for you!
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