Dell Dimension won't boot
Posted 30 November 2007 - 05:35 PM
Posted 01 December 2007 - 03:23 PM
If that fails when it starts up and before it gets to the Windows start up screen do you hear a single short bleep? If so it is POSTing OK. If you have a Recovery CD insert it and try booting up from that - when it gets to the part about installing windows click the Repair option which should take you to the Recovery Console and type in chkdsk/ r and it will check the HDD and repair any bad sectors .
If any of this works or doesn't work please let us know.
Posted 01 December 2007 - 05:25 PM
Posted 08 December 2007 - 03:10 PM
Even if the kids have wrecked the PS/2 connector by ripping out the keyboard socket you should be able to fall back on a USB K/Board as long as the BIOS is set up to accept them (some need to be) or if it is set up to accept them that you are running XP and it will identify the keyboard and install the drivers on a 'plug and play' basis. The continous bleeps mean different things depending on the BIOS manufacturer AMI, Award, Phoenix etc The last time I had continuous bleeps I had trashed an Asus Mobo when fitting a Socket A heatsink -the screwdriver slipped and took out a few memory circuits!! If you are using two modules of RAM trying using only one - if no change swap them around and try again. Unfortunately some BIOSs are set up to stop booting if there is a keyboard error so it could be as simple as that. The USB keyboard could be your salvation if you can get it working. Some however will boot without the keyboard and then you can juust use the mouse to do everything - try that and if it boots plug in the USB keyboard and when prompted load the drivers.
If you want to see if the BIOS is corrupted beacsue of the forced shutdown use JSP1 on the mobo to clear the CMOS -it's a three pin jumper usually near the mobo battery. Move the jumper from pins 1-2 to 2-3 for 30 secs (the manuals say 10 secs and some people say 10 minutes!!) move it back again and reboot. If the mobo is OK it should take you to the BIOS set up screen and you can either load fail safe or optimized defaults (or programme it yourself following guidance in the mobo handbook) press F10 to exit and confirm changes and then reboot. If nothing happens then perhaps the kids have trashed the mobo.
Unfortunately it could be a multitude of things (usually the blue screen of death is associated with dodgy drivers for a new piece of hardware recently fitted) . It should mean something is working and that it is trying to boot.
Hope some of this helps
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