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I am trying to fix my wifes computer and her computer does not post up the screen remains blank. Is that her mother board for should it be the hard drive it still would post up would it not? Thank you for any advice.
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Hi, welcome to geeks
this one interests me
remember I am working blind so bare with me
also if you haven't mentioned it yet:
- what model of computer
- what os, XPpro or home
- how old is it

I cannot really advise until I know the above but others will if you leave those details, but just to answer your questions, no it isn't directly the harddrive because the comp would boot and read 'no system found'

bedtime calls ,thanks
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Here is a standard text file i print out to give to customers who want to try fixing their own computer.

System check for a non-booting computer.

1. Is the computer completely dead? No lights, no fans spin, no POST

beep, no noise at all? Check power supply and all connections. Replace

PS with known good one. Try rebooting.

2. Try a different power switch, or pull the power switch wires off the

motherboard and carefully jump the pins on the motherboard with a small

screwdriver. Only momentarily touch the pins. Don't know what pins they

are? download the manual for your motherboard or carefully follow the

wires from the power switch to the MB.

3. If power supply and switch is OK, check memory. Reseat memory first

then replace with a known good stick if reseat does not work. Again

rebooting computer.

4. If 1,2,&3 are good, pull all connections to cdrom drives, any USB

devices. Leave connection to hard drive. Replace any USB keyboard and

mouse with PS2 style units. Try to reboot computer.

5. If the computer still does not boot replace hard drive with a known

good unit. reboot computer.

6. Still nothing? It is time to pull motherboard out of the case, set

it up on a pizza box and hook up the following items.

power supply
hard drive
one stick of memory
video card (if necessary)
PS2 mouse and Keyboard

Yes the computer will boot up like this. Again you will jump the power

on switch pins on the motherboard. You only need to touch the pins

momentarily. I use a ATX power button i salvaged off a old computer,

hooked to the pins. Its just as easy for me as using a screwdriver. At

this point you should be able get to a bios logo, or by tapping the

right key, get to the bios. Some computers use the delete key, others

use the Esc key and there ar other keys some computers use. Find out on

the interent what key your computer uses. If you do get there then the

computer is booting and it is time to reinstall back in the computerand

attach the hardware back to the motherboard one piece at a time

rebooting in-between each piece of hardware you are hooking up.You are

doing this to see if one particular piece of hardware is stopping the

boot process.

7. If the computer still does not boot it is time to replace the

motherboard and/or the processor. Replace the motherboard first as it

is cheaper.

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Thanks for the help guys. I tried all those things and nada so I guess its spiringing for some new parts. Its an oldie I built for her awile back we just have not had the money to upgrade.
AMD 1 gig chip asus motherboard, kinda of outdated heh. Thanks for the help glad I found this site!
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