Dying Computer??

Posted on 2005-04-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I have an old pc (about 5 years, I would guess running Win ME). It seems about ready for an overdue retirement but I just want to make sure I'm not missing something here.

It was refusing to boot with some sort of half attempt at repeated beeps from the motherboard. A quick re-seating of the Ram and the monitor connection seemed to get it to boot up but it locked sometime after. Now the cpu fan boots up and a few lights come on but there is no output and no beep(s).

There is no seperate graphics card nor any AGP slot for one. I could, I suppose try a PCI one but the lack of any beep leads me to think the motherboard is on its way out.

It is a uk TIME pc which never were up to much in my opinion but if anybody has any thoughts as to whether it is worth trying to nurse it back to health or just shoot it I would appreciate it...

Question by:dercoss
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    Just shoot it - 5 years is another era, and cpu, video, RAM, and hard drives have drastically changed.  If it were working, I would say keep it as a word processor/web browsing machine, but it's not worth saving when $400 machines are available that are more current.
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    go for a new one now!!
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    Yeah, just a few hours of labour to save it is equivalent to a new computer these days ;-)
    If you wanted to salvage any of the newer parts if there are any.. it might not even be worth the effort.
    Get a new computer.  Sound slike your motherboard is toasting or something.

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    if you are willing to invest your time in it, try testing the RAM first with memtest86+ from  :      

    you can always disconnect as much devices as you can and see if it starts

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    Uhh ... there was no response from the author and we provided solutions, so how can it be closed by request?

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    Don't know what happened there. I thought I'd posted the answer.

    I removed an old dial up modem that was no longer being used and the pc booted up and has run fine since...

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    Ok, that's good.

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