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chrisusvi

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I have a Lenovo hardrive that won't boot at all. I tried putting in an XP install disc and nothing happens. Is there a way to completely reformat the harddrive and start all over again? Is it easier to just replace it?

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Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go.

We will need a little more info than what you gave.
Is it a laptop or a desktop?
What is the make and model number?

Did you try and boot from the XP cd, because that is what you need to do. If you boot from the cd, you will get the option to reformat and reload the software.

Is the bios configured to boot from cd?
On startup, did you see something on the screen like "to boot from cd..hit any key"?

What specifically is happening?
What are the symptoms you are having?
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The problem is that I can't see anything. The monitor is blank and the lights on the keyboard don't even light up. I put in the WIndows XP CD and nothing happens.
Is there a way I can force the computer to boot off of the CD?
THe computer is a Lenovo LKHLV98 with a 160GB HD (desktop). I don't know what the memory is or the processor speed. The computer is about 3 to 4 years old. The computer is in a public school and I just started a year ago.
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First question is what happens if you disconnect the hd ?
Does the system post with bios?
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nothing shows up. The screen is blank.
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Try a different monitor or try monitor on a known working system.
Since you disconnected the HD then it is not the issue.
The problem seems to be the system itself. With no HD connected the system should post with the BIOS screen and then say no hd detected.
Nothing is showing so it is a system issue.
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The monitor is fine. I unplugged it from a working computer and the monitor is good.
I took a good harddrive out of another computer and plugged it in to the bad computer and turned it on and still, nothing. I think its the video card. I turn on the computer and the lights on the keyboard don't even flash. Still a mystery.

Edited by chrisusvi, 04 September 2009 - 10:26 AM.

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Video card would have nothing to do with lights flashing on the Keyboard.
Is the video onboard or a addon card?
When you turn the system on are the
PSU and CPU fans continuing to run?
Are they turning correctly or are they slow?
Has the system ever ran before the HD switch?
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The video card is onboard. The fans are spinning fine and at the proper speeds.
The computer ran well for about 4 years. One day I turned it on and it didn't start up. I then switched HDs with a good computer and it started fine. The HD in question has a faint vibration, which I believe to be normal.
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I then switched HDs with a good computer and it started fine.

So does this mean that the computer in question is now running?

You should see the bios and cmos boot up screen. The hard drive has nothing to do with that. It comes from the main board ram chip.

I am looking for a manual to dig deeper, but...
A search at lenovo does not get me anything close to the model number you gave.
A google search gets me nothing either.

Are you getting any beeps at all?
Have you tried reseating the ram?
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The computer in question is NOT running. I replaced the bad drive with a harddrive that works. When I started it up, nothing happened. The harddrive was humming and the cooling fans are blowing, but nothing else was happening. My eyes are on the motherboard now. There is nothing wrong with the monitor. There are no beeps.
The Lenovo CPU's numbers on the back read "Product ID 9384D5U LKHLV98".
Any thoughts?
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Fan on the cpu is turning?
Is it connected to the MOBO?
Was the system running before replacing the HD?
Are you getting a post beep when the system is turned on?
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the fan on the CPU is running. What is a MOBO? The computer worked for about 4 years. One day it decided not to start up. Actually, at first, it would restart itself over and over again. Then it went dead. There are no beeps at all.
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MOBO = Motherboard
I do believe you are dealing with a faulty MOBO then.
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I also see you are getting assistance on another site HERE
That topic was started 9/3 same day as this one and two hours before this one.
This is never a good ideal to get advice from two sites at the same time since we don't know what they are doing and vice versa.
Since the issue seems to be a faulty MOBO then I suggest replacing.
Please let us know which site you would like to continue with
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