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Old 10-22-2017, 02:21 PM   #1   Add To Ignore List  
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It survived the move to Florida, it started up again when I haad my internet installed, and now it won't post after a week of being turned off...

I checked to see if it was the wifi usb on the back of it, unplugged that, and it still won't start...
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What do you see when you try starting it?
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Also what do you hear? Motherboards beep on certain boot errors like memory corruption.
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Nothing on the monitor, no beeps, just the whir of the fans.
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Did you hear any sound from the hard drive? (unless you have SSD)
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Old 10-22-2017, 07:30 PM   #6   Add To Ignore List  
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I don't remember if I have an SSD OR not. I hear something else quietly thunking, but I don't know what that is.

I wonder if my RAM burned out...
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Okay, so the fans go on but there's no audio or video. Does your keyboard's caps lock or num lock light react?


Edit: I assume you have a dedicated video card. It's also worth trying to remove it and plug the monitor cable into the on-board video chip connector.
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Old 10-23-2017, 06:16 AM   #8   Add To Ignore List  
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Yes, I have a GeForce something or other. It was the best one out last year.

I will try that when I get home from work tonight, if I have a compatible cable...
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I hear something else quietly thunking, but I don't know what that is.
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Check if you have SSD or mechanical...

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My old GPU died just a month ago, too. Maybe we can be broken GPU friends 8)
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:27 AM   #11   Add To Ignore List  
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I mean, I was planning on building a new machine last year anyway. So worst case scenario is I build a new one once I get my other tower down here next month.
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Check if you have SSD or mechanical...

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Yeah, that sounds worrisome, but a computer should still be able to POST without hard disk.
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Old 10-23-2017, 05:55 PM   #13   Add To Ignore List  
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Okay, so the fans go on but there's no audio or video. Does your keyboard's caps lock or num lock light react?


Edit: I assume you have a dedicated video card. It's also worth trying to remove it and plug the monitor cable into the on-board video chip connector.
Well what do you know... It's booting up into Startup Repair after plugging the monitor cable directly into the motherboard...
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And now it is taking forever to update and shut down...
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If its win10, they made a pretty sizable update, that seems to have reset peoples video card drivers to the ones MS wants.
Also, if you moved the whole rig intact, unless you have short watercooling block or maybe stock heatsink, you may have to undo your heatsink, wipe it with 91% or better isopropal alcohol, re-apply TIM, and re-seat the heatsink.
Video card and cpu heatsinks should NEVER be moved when going more than a mile (like to a friends house, with no bumps in the road, etc).
You can seriously damage the video card, the cpu, the mobo x16 slot, or all of the above.

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I don't know much about the workings of Windows 10 because I avoid it like the plague, but if Dave is right you should download the newest version of your card's driver and uninstall the current one. Then boot up in safe mode and clean the remnants of old drivers with Display Driver Uninstaller. You can then shut down the computer, install the card again and see if it gives any output. If it does, install the newest driver you downloaded and if not you could try the card somewhere else to see if it's dead. Maybe try another card in your motherboard because moving may have damaged the PCI-e slot.

And I'm assuming you're sure the fan of your video card works. Sometimes it's hard to hear from the fans of your CPU, PSU and case all making noise at once.
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Old 10-24-2017, 04:53 AM   #17   Add To Ignore List  
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I can confirm Windows tends to do this, not only on Windows 10 though.
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I am still on Windows 7.

I drove 1165 miles with the computer in the trunk.

I think I might just build a new computer next month...
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Well, if its win7, then try:
1. Unplug EVERYTHING, power cords and sata cables, video card, memory and everything (mark where they go though).
2. Undo the cpu cooler, and re-apply TIM.
3. Put the memory in.
4. Put the video card in a different x16 or x8 slot (just to see if the normal slot you use broke).
5. Attach all the power cables.
6. Attach just the os drive, then attach power to it, and sata cable. Dont put in any other drives.
7. Plug in the power supppy to the wall socket.
8. Boot up and go to bios quick.
9. Set the Re-set button, or default, or whetever it is you have for your motherboard bios to reset it to just regular settings like you never booted up yet. Apply and reboot.
You 'should' be able to boot now.
If you dont see anything, then try using another cable to the video card.
But, I think something either wiggled loose, or something isnt seated properly (or x16 slot broke).
Usually the above will work if its like windows thinks its trying to boot something that is in memory but cant find it, and it never goes to windows but will go to bios. I have had this happen to me a few times, and something about unplugging EVERYTHING makes it work. Sometimes if it still doesnt work, removing the little bios battery and putting in a new one you know is good works also.
Do you have a little speaker on the mobo? Does it make a sound? Does it make a sound when you try to boot up w/o memory installed?
It could just be a bad video card or x16 slot if things beep when there is no memory installed.
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It booted up normally with beeps and whirs and everything just with the graphics card unplugged and you want me to do all of THAT? A lot of which I don't feel qualified to do...
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Well we've determined that either something's up with the GPU or the PCI-e slot on the mobo. IF you feel like troubleshooting either plug another card into your mobo or put your card into another computer. Or both.
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Since it seems to be the video card only, put that video card in another pci-e slot.
And try another cable if putting it into another slot doesnt work (the different pcie-e dlot though. Dont try the original slot).
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Have you tried sacrificing a newborn child to C'thulhu and asking him for help?
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I did that once, he gave me a new GPU. Well, the newborn child was actually money, and C'thulhu was actually the mediamarkt.
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C'thulhu was actually the mediamarkt.
I'm sorry man, but I see no difference.
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I'm sorry man, but I see no difference.
Fair point.
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