No boot at all, no signal to monitor
Posted on 2004-09-10
I'm in dispear..
All powered up, but no startup of any kind:
Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2000+
Motherboard: ECS K7S5A
Memory: Kingston ValueRam 512Mb
Video: Asus v3800
Sound: Creative Soundblaster Live
OS: Windows 98
HD: Primary - Quantum Fireball 4 GB; Secondary - Seagate Barracuda 60 GB
Started with sudden blackscreen, when in Windows, just a blinking cursor. Restarted without errors. The crashed became more frequent, and the "up-time" seemed to decrease by each time. Just before one of the latest crashes I noticed a bluescreen with reference to the memory (can't be more specific). When the computer blacked out just after a few seconds with windows running, I went to DOS to delete the win386 memory file, that didn't help. Then I tried ERD Commander 2002 to copy some important files before formatting. Here the computer crashed in the same way. I'm leaning towards memory problems, but I need some hints to search for errors.
After a period of 2 weeks with no activity (moved to a new location) there is no response on the monitor or bips from the motherboard. All is powered and running.
I have tried to:
Reset BIOS (battery out)
Remove memory (only one block - no change)
Remove primary hd power - no change
Remove both hd power - first bip from motherboard in ages (one bip followed by floppydisc search, this sequence continued)
Plugged in the primary hd power - no bips, same as before
Unplugged primary hd power again, no bip, nothing - odd
Removed all power plugs - no change
Please leave clues to an error-search-procedure of any kind. Hopeful wishes, simonphoenix.