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Computer will power up but seems to stay in the POST mode. Fan runs. Hard drive activity-lite is in constant "on" status. When Boot Disk is inserted; nothing appears on the screen.

I have no idea where to start. Is it the cpu, harddrive?
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First try clearing your CMOS/BIOS. Disconnect the power, and remov the battery from the motherboard. Wait at least five minutes, replace the battery and reconnect the power.

Here's what a typical batttery looks like:
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thank you. I powered down, remove battery (waited 7 mins), replaced battery. Powered up with the same results. Thanks for your suggestion.
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Hi
when you did this did you unplug your power cord?
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Power everything down

remove the power plug

remove one card at a time from system and clean the gold connectors with swab or pencil eraser and dry clean with soft cloth, re-insert in same slot

do this for the ram (carefully) as well.

Was the unit moved recently? Lot of dust bunnies in the system? Do you get beeps? can you count the beeps and rhythm of the beeps?
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I have disconnected the power cord, removed battery (10 mins.), reseated all PCI
cards, reinstalled battery, connected power cord, inserted boot disk, powered on and still the same results (fans operate, harddrive activity lite in the "steady, constant on" position. No drivers to operated Monitor, Keyboard. It's as if the POST is not running.
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Try removing all PCI cards, and everything except, CPU, memory, and video card (if equipped). Then see if it posts. Also, disconnect any peripherals from your system (any USB, printers, etc.).
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I'll give that a try (remove all pci cards) and report. Thanks.
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I have removed the PCI cards (one at a time), rebooted, re-inserted, to no avail. I just have a gut feeling it might be the battery. I'll replace and try a boot disk start.
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Replace battery, rebooted to no avail. Inserted FlipPOST ISA & PCI Bus Test Card
which told me nothing that I could deciper (3P FE FF). and would not reboot with the PC Certify Pro Self Boot - CP.
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Are there any series of beeps? If not, I'd replace the power supply.
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