Lull after the storm
Posted on 2006-07-17
Have just taken in a customer's PC (Compaq Presario AMD Athlon 2800+) that will not boot. He said there was a storm but the PC was protected by a Surge Protector(!).
When I try to boot, the PSU & fans start, some of the lights come on the front panel, the HD only has orange light, both the DVD drives green light and the floppy drive no light. There is a slight movement (HD?) then nothing.There is no video signal.
I tried the video card in another PC - all OK. I disconnected the floppy drive, then the HD, still same symptom. I tried the RAM in the free slot and also removed the battery on the mobo - still same. I cannot try different RAM because I don't have any DDR spare. What could be the problem?