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- Help me with "won't post" checklist, please
November 27, 2005, 12:37 am
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I've got a computer here that won't post, and I'm pretty confident that it's
a bad mobo. I was hoping someone can help me make sure I'm trying all basic
The pc is a homebuilt (not by me) with a Athlon XP1600 on an Amptron mobo,
256mb of pc133 SDRAM.
It fires right up, but it won't wake the monitor or post. The hard drive
spins, and power is getting to the floppy and cd drives.
I have changed the video card to another agp card, and I've tried a pci
I've cleared the CMOS several times.
I've tried another power supply.
I tried two other sticks of RAM
I've removed all devices from the pci slots, IDE/floppy headers.
[the mobo *should* post with only the power supply connected and
cpu/heatsink & fan installed, correct?]
I've tried another cpu (Duron 1.8ghz).
The guy who brought this to me had recently installed a second hard drive.
He called me for help during the hard drive installation, because he
couldn't get the computer to boot. I took him through all the basic steps,
but we couldn't get it going. I thought he had jumpers set incorrectly or
something like that, so I told him to bring it over. However, when he
brought me the machine, all jumpers were correct.
Perhaps his mobo was flaky, and it took him messing around inside the
computer for the problem to completely reveal itself. Or maybe it's just a
coincidence? Or perhaps it's not a bad mobo at all???
Input greatly appreciated.
Re: Help me with "won't post" checklist, please
Unplug your PC and monitor from the power outlet for 10 seconds and plug
them back in again.
Try holding down the insert key before you turn on the power, and keep
it down till something appears on the screen. (30 seconds max)
Only install one ram module at a time, and try different slots
when you clear cmos make sure there is no power to the board, and
nothing plugged into it, including monitor
check for bulged or leaking caps