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« on: April 13, 2003, 01:46:42 AM »

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Operating System Version:Windows ME
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Problem Hardware Make & Model:Compaq Presario 5108 US Athlon
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Hello all...I dont know much about computers and Im hoping that you all can solve my little problem. I have a Compaq Presario 5108 US running Windows ME that has worked just fine for about two years now. Recently though, I have had trouble getting it to boot up.  I hit the power button, and it makes whirring noises and the drive lights come on and the cooling fan comes on, but thats it!  There are no beeps and nothing shows up on my monitor, and the amber light on my monitor (Samsung Syncmaster 955 DF 19") does not turn green, but stays a flashing amber.  When I touch the power switch again, my computer turns off immediately.  When this first started happening, I was able to eventually get it to boot up after trying 6-10 times, but now it seems to be dead. Help me please!!

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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2003, 02:21:38 PM »

Hi,

I would open the case, if out of warranty, and verify that all cards, CPU and CPU fan, ribbon cables are well seated and secured. Make sure the CPU fan is spinning, if not, the CPU may have fried!

If still under warranty, get it serviced.
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2003, 07:07:54 PM »

Thank you Admin...i had read this response in previous posts to similar problems, and have already insured that everything is free of dust and well-seated. I have a friend who has suggested that perhaps my power supply went out.  The strange thing is that my computer still worked for a few weeks after this problem started up, I just had to try a few times before it would fully power up.  Another person has mentioned my CMOS battery as a possible candidate.  Thanks for the help, I feel lost talking about all this stuff!
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2003, 01:17:13 PM »

Hi,

Were you able to determine what was causing the "whirring noises"?

A dead CMOS battery would not cause your system to not power up. It may cause it not to find your hard drive if the parameters were lost and prevent you from booting into Windows.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2003, 09:17:03 PM »

Im sorry for my inept descriptions...the whirring noises are just my cooling fan coming on and the drives coming on...other than that nothing seems to be happening.
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2003, 06:11:27 PM »

Hi,

I am assuming you're not getting any display on the monitor, right?

The problem sounds like defective hardware. It is difficult to determine which component failed without proper diagnotics. I suspect the problem is either the motherboard/cpu, video card or power supply.

I would suggest you bring your system in for service.
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2003, 07:59:53 PM »

I get no video at all.  Thanks for your help with this issue, i appreciate it, Admin.
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