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Power to pc but nothing else

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Ron, May 16, 2010.

  1. Ron

    Ron Flightless Bird

    I went away for all of last week and shut down my pc in the usual way
    and also switched of the power at the mains as well. On my return
    when I switched it back on, it starts up as soon as I turn the mains
    on at the wall socket. The power pack starts, the fans on the power
    pack, cpu and motherboard run, the keyboard and mouse light up, the
    dvd/cd drives light up but it does nothing else. No beep, no hard
    drives, no signal to the monitor, no response from the power button. I
    also can’t shut it down at all other than by the mains on off switch.
    I have removed every lead and plugin component from the motherboard,
    including the bios battery, and one by one reconnected each trying to
    power up each time but I just get the same thing.

    I seem to be getting power to the motherboard Gigabyte GA-81PE1000
    with P4 3.0Ghz proccessor as the fans on the board run but I am now
    out of ideas.
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Ron" <ron6a@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    news:4b2d9c2a-88aa-4b88-b3eb-203572a09dec@q13g2000vbm.googlegroups.com...
    > I went away for all of last week and shut down my pc in the usual way
    > and also switched of the power at the mains as well. On my return
    > when I switched it back on, it starts up as soon as I turn the mains
    > on at the wall socket. The power pack starts, the fans on the power
    > pack, cpu and motherboard run, the keyboard and mouse light up, the
    > dvd/cd drives light up but it does nothing else. No beep, no hard
    > drives, no signal to the monitor, no response from the power button. I
    > also can’t shut it down at all other than by the mains on off switch.
    > I have removed every lead and plugin component from the motherboard,
    > including the bios battery, and one by one reconnected each trying to
    > power up each time but I just get the same thing.
    >
    > I seem to be getting power to the motherboard Gigabyte GA-81PE1000
    > with P4 3.0Ghz proccessor as the fans on the board run but I am now
    > out of ideas.


    Everything you report points towards a hardware issue. You do not even
    mention the word "Windows". The experts in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware might be best qualified to provide
    advice.
     
  3. Lem

    Lem Flightless Bird

    Ron wrote:
    > I went away for all of last week and shut down my pc in the usual way
    > and also switched of the power at the mains as well. On my return
    > when I switched it back on, it starts up as soon as I turn the mains
    > on at the wall socket. The power pack starts, the fans on the power
    > pack, cpu and motherboard run, the keyboard and mouse light up, the
    > dvd/cd drives light up but it does nothing else. No beep, no hard
    > drives, no signal to the monitor, no response from the power button. I
    > also can’t shut it down at all other than by the mains on off switch.
    > I have removed every lead and plugin component from the motherboard,
    > including the bios battery, and one by one reconnected each trying to
    > power up each time but I just get the same thing.
    >
    > I seem to be getting power to the motherboard Gigabyte GA-81PE1000
    > with P4 3.0Ghz proccessor as the fans on the board run but I am now
    > out of ideas.


    Is there any evidence elsewhere in the house of there having been an
    electrical problem, e.g., clocks not at the right time, appliances
    needing to be reset, etc.?

    --
    Lem

    Apollo 11 - 40 years ago:
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/40th/index.html
     
  4. Don Phillipson

    Don Phillipson Flightless Bird

    "Ron" <ron6a@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    news:4b2d9c2a-88aa-4b88-b3eb-203572a09dec@q13g2000vbm.googlegroups.com...
    << I went away for all of last week and shut down my pc in the usual way
    and also switched of the power at the mains as well. On my return
    when I switched it back on, it starts up as soon as I turn the mains
    on at the wall socket. The power pack starts, the fans on the power
    pack, cpu and motherboard run, the keyboard and mouse light up, the
    dvd/cd drives light up but it does nothing else. No beep, no hard
    drives, no signal to the monitor, no response from the power button. I
    also can’t shut it down at all other than by the mains on off switch.
    I have removed every lead and plugin component from the motherboard,
    including the bios battery, and one by one reconnected each trying to
    power up each time but I just get the same thing.>>

    In your place I would take the RAM chips to a PC shop
    that can test them reliably. A single bad RAM unit can
    have effects like this.
    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
  5. Db

    Db Flightless Bird

    sounds like a difficult
    issue to figure out.

    what I first try is to
    boot into the bios
    and ensure that the
    time and devices are
    are recognized.

    if the bios time is incorrect,
    and the device settings are
    blanked out, then it is likely
    the cmos battery went bad.

    if however, your bios
    settings are ok and still
    can't get the system to
    boot via the hard drive,

    then you will likely have
    to boot with a xp cd and
    bypass the hard drive.

    (to do the above you may
    need to re enter the bios
    and change the primary
    boot device to cd)

    then at the xp setup screen
    launch the repair/recovery
    console and see if you get
    to a disk prompt.

    if so, then I would run a

    fixmbr
    chkdsk /r
    fixboot

    then exit, remove cd
    and try to boot via hard
    drives.


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    "Ron" <ron6a@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    news:4b2d9c2a-88aa-4b88-b3eb-203572a09dec@q13g2000vbm.googlegroups.com...
    > I went away for all of last week and shut down my pc in the usual way
    > and also switched of the power at the mains as well. On my return
    > when I switched it back on, it starts up as soon as I turn the mains
    > on at the wall socket. The power pack starts, the fans on the power
    > pack, cpu and motherboard run, the keyboard and mouse light up, the
    > dvd/cd drives light up but it does nothing else. No beep, no hard
    > drives, no signal to the monitor, no response from the power button. I
    > also can’t shut it down at all other than by the mains on off switch.
    > I have removed every lead and plugin component from the motherboard,
    > including the bios battery, and one by one reconnected each trying to
    > power up each time but I just get the same thing.
    >
    > I seem to be getting power to the motherboard Gigabyte GA-81PE1000
    > with P4 3.0Ghz proccessor as the fans on the board run but I am now
    > out of ideas.
     
  6. Ron

    Ron Flightless Bird

    Re: Power to pc but nothing else

    On 16 May, 22:34, Ron <ro...@ntlworld.com> wrote:
    > I went away for all of last week and shut down my pc in the usual way
    > and also switched of the power at the mains  as well. On my return
    > when I switched it back on, it starts up as soon as I turn the mains
    > on at the wall socket. The power pack starts, the fans on the power
    > pack, cpu and motherboard run, the keyboard and mouse light up, the
    > dvd/cd drives light up but it  does nothing else. No beep, no hard
    > drives, no signal to the monitor, no response from the power button. I
    > also can’t shut it down at all other than by the mains  on off switch..
    > I have removed every lead and plugin component from the motherboard,
    > including the bios battery, and one by one reconnected each trying to
    > power up each time but I just get the same thing.
    >
    > I seem to be getting power to the motherboard Gigabyte GA-81PE1000
    > with P4 3.0Ghz proccessor as the fans on the board run but I am now
    > out of ideas.


    Forgot to mention
    I am running Windows XP pro on a 7 year old, home built pc with 2mb
    ram.
    Recently tried Windows 7 but did not like it and reformatted and
    reinstalled XP.
     
  7. Ron

    Ron Flightless Bird

    Re: Power to pc but nothing else

    On 16 May, 23:07, "Db" <database...@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
    > sounds like a difficult
    > issue to figure out.
    >
    > what I first try is to
    > boot into the bios
    > and ensure that the
    > time and devices are
    > are recognized.
    >

    Can't get this far a there is no activity at all other than the power
    supply.
    No signal to the monitor.
     
  8. Db

    Db Flightless Bird

    Re: Power to pc but nothing else

    hmm?

    it is likely that the monitor
    and hard disks would
    function on a different
    system.

    so it sounds to me that
    your bios is not detecting
    your hardware.

    seemingly you should
    be able to hold down
    either the del key or
    f2 key immediately after
    pressing the power button
    on in order to load up the
    bios setup page

    but if you can't even get into
    the bios then perhaps
    the power supply is the
    problem


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    "Ron" <ron6a@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
    news:656b9bbe-4170-4114-94e1-cfb92787dd15@o15g2000vbb.googlegroups.com...
    > On 16 May, 23:07, "Db" <database...@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
    >> sounds like a difficult
    >> issue to figure out.
    >>
    >> what I first try is to
    >> boot into the bios
    >> and ensure that the
    >> time and devices are
    >> are recognized.
    >>

    > Can't get this far a there is no activity at all other than the power
    > supply.
    > No signal to the monitor.
     
  9. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:eRA0sIU9KHA.3880@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl,
    Lem <lemp40@unknownhost> typed:
    > Ron wrote:
    >> I went away for all of last week and shut down my pc in
    >> the usual way and also switched of the power at the mains as well. On my
    >> return when I switched it back on, it
    >> starts up as soon as I turn the mains on at the wall
    >> socket. The power pack starts, the fans on the power pack,
    >> cpu and motherboard run, the keyboard and mouse light up,
    >> the dvd/cd drives light up but it does nothing else. No
    >> beep, no hard drives, no signal to the monitor, no
    >> response from the power button. I also cant shut it down
    >> at all other than by the mains on off switch. I have
    >> removed every lead and plugin component from the
    >> motherboard, including the bios battery, and one by one
    >> reconnected each trying to power up each time but I just
    >> get the same thing. I seem to be getting power to the motherboard
    >> Gigabyte
    >> GA-81PE1000 with P4 3.0Ghz proccessor as the fans on the
    >> board run but I am now out of ideas.

    >
    > Is there any evidence elsewhere in the house of there
    > having been an electrical problem, e.g., clocks not at the
    > right time, appliances needing to be reset, etc.?


    Or you left the modem plugged into the phone line and had lightning storms
    while you were away? Phone lines are the usual method of surges and spikes
    that can cause damage.
    But the advice to check with the hardware group was good; that's really
    where you need to go. They'll know to ask you if the mobo LED, PSU LED, etc.
    are lit, what color they are and all that good stuff. I'm going to guess
    you either have something shorted killing a power rail or a missing voltage
    from the power supply. But try the other group for better considerations.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  10. Ben Myers

    Ben Myers Flightless Bird

    >"Ron" <ron6a@ntlworld.com> wrote in message news:4b2d9c2a-88aa-4b88-b3eb->203572a09dec@q13g2000vbm.googlegroups.com....
    >I went away for all of last week and shut down my pc in the usual way
    >and also switched of the power at the mains as well. On my return
    >when I switched it back on, it starts up as soon as I turn the mains
    >on at the wall socket. The power pack starts, the fans on the power
    >pack, cpu and motherboard run, the keyboard and mouse light up, the
    >dvd/cd drives light up but it does nothing else. No beep, no hard
    >drives, no signal to the monitor, no response from the power button. I
    >also can’t shut it down at all other than by the mains on off switch.
    >I have removed every lead and plugin component from the motherboard,
    >including the bios battery, and one by one reconnected each trying to
    >power up each time but I just get the same thing.
    >I seem to be getting power to the motherboard Gigabyte GA-81PE1000
    >with P4 3.0Ghz proccessor as the fans on the board run but I am now
    >out of ideas.


    Try removing and reseating the memory modules. Also, you might test or
    simply replace the power supply. If neither of these help, check the mother-
    board manual for "BIOS Rescue".

    Ben
     

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