PC will not boot + no display

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Val933 Posts 7 Registration date Thursday February 5, 2009 Status Member Last seen February 7, 2009 - Feb 6, 2009 at 10:43 AM
Val933 Posts 7 Registration date Thursday February 5, 2009 Status Member Last seen February 7, 2009 - Feb 7, 2009 at 08:27 AM
Hello,

I have a Dell Dimension 2300 with XP Home and I am unable to boot it.
The screen does not recieve any signal from the computer and I do not hear any of the usual sounds the computer makes when it starts up.
I have checked that the processor warms up (it does) and I have tried removing the RAM (I hear a few beeps). I have also tried moving the RAM to a different slot. I think the hard drive turns on too.
Also, when the PC is on and I press the power button, it switches off immediately (it normally takes a while to shut down).
I would like to clean install XP on it, but since it doesn't even boot, I don't know what to do.

Please help me!

PS: I was wondering if maybe this could be a software problem like BIOS or something...

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xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,829
Feb 6, 2009 at 12:18 PM
This sopunds like a hardware problem - it's best to take it to a local shop for repair.
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Val933 Posts 7 Registration date Thursday February 5, 2009 Status Member Last seen February 7, 2009
Feb 6, 2009 at 01:45 PM
Is there no way I can fix this myself?
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xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,829
Feb 6, 2009 at 02:40 PM
Unless you have a bunch of spare parts that you can swap in and out. I doubt there is anything you can do. A repair shop can put a "post code" display board into the PC and get more info about the problem. Get an estimate before you have them do the repair.
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Val933 Posts 7 Registration date Thursday February 5, 2009 Status Member Last seen February 7, 2009
Feb 6, 2009 at 03:02 PM
OK Thanks for your time
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whansen02 Posts 1 Registration date Thursday February 5, 2009 Status Member Last seen February 6, 2009
Feb 6, 2009 at 03:29 PM
I'm going to suggest getting another hard drive.
That's what I'd try
Do you have another monitor you could use for testing?
Will
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Val933 Posts 7 Registration date Thursday February 5, 2009 Status Member Last seen February 7, 2009
Feb 7, 2009 at 03:27 AM
I have tried the monitor with another PC, it worked just fine, but I don't have a spare hard drive.
Could the video card or wireless card be interfering with anything?

Val
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Val933 Posts 7 Registration date Thursday February 5, 2009 Status Member Last seen February 7, 2009
Feb 7, 2009 at 06:39 AM
Now I have tried resetting the CMOS.
I pressed the power button on the PC.
Everything switched on fans, drive, ect..
the lights on the keyboard flashed (as they do do when the computer boots normally)
the screen turned on and displayed a plain blue screen with the cursor (I can move the mouse around)
When I press the power button briefly, the hard drive's LED starts flashing and after a short while the PC shuts down (whereas before it just switched off immediately)
What does that mean (if it means anyhting)?

Val
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Val933 Posts 7 Registration date Thursday February 5, 2009 Status Member Last seen February 7, 2009
Feb 7, 2009 at 07:00 AM
OK now here's something
I can actually use the mouse to right click and select etc...
I've just created a new folder and renamed it and I think I'm actually logged on to an account but for some reason I don't get anyhting apart from the folder properties and the actual folder (I can access it)
Explorer isn't running and I can get the task manager up.
Any ideas?

Val
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Val933 Posts 7 Registration date Thursday February 5, 2009 Status Member Last seen February 7, 2009
Feb 7, 2009 at 08:27 AM
HAHA!
OK the Graphics card was not inserted in the slot properly
Issue solved
Everything works fine now
Thank you for the help.

Val
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