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I tried all that but still no change
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I've tried taking out the battery and setting time date and boot priority.
I've cleaned all the dust and debris out.
Is there anything else I can do?
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I've tried taking out the battery and setting time date and boot priority.
I've cleaned all the dust and debris out.
Is there anything else I can do?


Yes.

We need to know if this is Hardware (most likely) or operating system (less likely)
To make this determination, you can attempt booting from a live Linux Distro such as Puppy.
If puppy boots the machine to Desktop, then your hardware is fine and a problem resides with your Windows OS, probably in the Boot Manager.

Get Linux Puppy, here: http://puppylinux.or...nload Puppy.htm

Linux Puppy is a very small operating system that can load and function from your CD optical drive.
Because of this advantage, it can by-pass the use of your hard drive and is not dependent upon the installed Windows operating system.

I'm not trying to convince you to learn Linux or change to Puppy as your operating system.
I only want to see if your machine will light up from a CD mounted operating system.
If it does (and you get visual display, sound, ability to use a browser, etc).... then your machine is fine, and the problem resides with your Hard Drive and/or the Windows Operating System.

You will need a second machine capable of connecting to the internet, with a CD Burner and ability to burn an .iso image file.
A good utility for burning the .iso of Linux Puppy to a CD is Imgburn, or you can use CDBurnerXP Either will work just fine to burn the .iso onto a CD.

Once you have Linux Puppy on CD, open the CD Drive on your dysfunctioning machine and pop in the Linux Puppy CD.
Reboot
If your hardware is in good working order, then Linux Puppy Desktop will display.
You don't need to know how to use Linux, though Puppy is pretty simple and user friendly.
All we really want to discover is if your CPU, RAM, video adapter, motherboard, and screen can display the Desktop.
That will tell us that the problem is with the Windows Operating System.
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If Linux Puppy doesn't boot to Desktop, then we have a Hardware problem.
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Prime culprits: RAM or graphics adapter
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To test RAM you will again need to create a bootable CD.
This time it will be an .iso of Microsoft Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool.
Download Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool

Create the CD in the same manner you used above.
Open the optical drive to insert Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool
Reboot.
Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool will test your physical RAM.
The test can take quite some time (overnight is good) but it may complete in just a few hours.
"Any" detections of Errors means that your RAM is bad and should be replaced.
***note: there is a lesser possibility that the RAM module slot on your Motherboard is bad.
But at least we will know that the problem is RAM Memory
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As to Graphics adapter...

You have reported that your graphics adapter is: -ATI Radeon X300SE PCIe 128 MB DDR VGA/TV Out

That's kinda surprising to me because when I googled you machine it said your Graphics bus was AGP type ???
http://www.dealtime....P481000502/info

Will you please confirm this information about graphics adapter.

I'm afraid that the best/easiest/only way to test if your graphics adapter has gone bad, is to substitute another one.
You may or may not have one laying around. I'm guessing no.
Possibly borrow one?
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Now it is also possible that your MotherBoard has its own onboard graphics chip.
If so, there will be (two) locations at the back of your tower case where you can attach your vga Screen cable.
If a second one exists, turn off machine, switch locations of the connection and Reboot.

Please keep us posted with your progress and any questions you may have.

Best Regards

Edited by Doug, 29 January 2011 - 10:01 PM.

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Alright thanks for all the help. I'll try all this
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Alright thanks for all the help. I'll try all this


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Afterthought to make it a little less complicated.

Do you have the Windows XP installation CD?

If so, you can use it in place of Linux Puppy above.
That way you don't have to create Puppy,in order to just load and test Drive it.

Insert and let XP Installation media begin.
If you get the Installation options screen, then we know that the hardware is working.
Exit form the installation media.

Move on to Windows Memory Diagnostics as per below in the next post.

Edited by Doug, 29 January 2011 - 11:52 PM.

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Plus, I gave you a link to Windows Memory Diagnostics for Vista, instead of for your version of Windows XP.

I apologize.

Here's a link to an executable file that will create the CD for you.
http://download.cnet...8245e22d611ccea

The file name is mtinst.exe
Download and run it on a working machine, to create the CD for testing.

Here's the Geeks To Go Tutorial on Windows Memory Diagnostics, by Wannabe1
http://www.geekstogo...iagnostic-tool/

Here's an extended Tutorial for creating and using Windows Memory Diagnostics:
http://forums.whatth...howtopic=103823

Edited by Doug, 30 January 2011 - 12:07 AM.

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Ok I've already booted from puppy. It loaded up to the desktop but I couldn't click any of the desktop items, the menu button. After redrafting about four times I got a personalize settings page but I couldn't click on anything plus the mouse was really lagging.
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Sorry redrafting is meant to be restarting - my iPod has auto correct
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I'm trying the windows cd now
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Just reading through the info again- yes my graphics is as I wrote earlier
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There is also only one VGA slot
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And the windows cd is not working so I guess I'll go for the memory diagnostics next
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A problem with this is I don't have a floppy disk port on my computer
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Ok disregard that last comment - I hadn't read the tutorial yet
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