[Novalug] Hardware problem
mshade at mshade.org
Tue Jun 5 20:08:17 EDT 2007
Hard drives will spin up with just power applied, nothing else. You're
probably just not hearing it spin up, or it's dead. Doesn't matter,
that's a secondary problem.
The motherboard is toast. To confirm this, remove the CPU and RAM.
Booting should at least give you a beep or two to signify that there's
no processor detected. (if it's the CPU that's failing and keeping the
machine from POSTing).
If you get the same behavior with the CPU and RAM removed, you can be
sure of a motherboard problem. When the motherboard went, it may have
also taken the RAM and CPU with it, so you'll want to test those before
investing in another HP motherboard.
Jay Hart wrote:
> Update to original post:
> I plugged in a mouse, KB, and monitor, hooked up the power cord to the power
> supply, machine powered on, (as evidenced by fans turning, and cdrom working
> at least enough to open the tray) and nothing else happened. the monitor would
> not turn on as detecting a video source, and no beeps or anything else
> It could be that the HDD is dead (a seperate issue), but that doesn't make
> sense. I'm assuming that the drive is configured to start spinning on a
> command issued during POST. I can confirm this by puttting the drive in a
> known good spare PC, and turning it on.
> At to your conclusion below, I also feel that at least the MB has a problem,
> if not the CPU. The last time this PC was used was on May 18th of this year.
> my friend was on vaction until yesterday, so they don't know if the PC got
> popped with electricity, or something. No visible evidence to suggest this.
>> On Tue June 5 2007 7:28 pm, Jay Hart wrote:
>>> Ok, got a little problem here.
>>> Any suggestions very much welcome.
>>> I have three possible conclusions:
>>> 1. motherboard partially dead.
>>> 2. bad CPU
>>> 3. some combo of #1 and #2, plus something else
>>> I can't see the CMOS battery being an issue here.
>> From what you describe, I'd say you have, at least, a MB problem. It's
>> turning on with the button being pushed. That suggests a short. The
>> thing with the drive not coming up bothers me. I'd think it would spin
>> if power were applied to it.
>> Bear one thing in mind. A lot of MBs stop if no keyboard is detected.
>> Dan Arico
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