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Hi vetsvet

Think it is time to call on the local computer store to check for hardware malfunction.
Do you agree?

At present no as there are further checks you can do yourself.

Did you try the add on video card in the second pci-e slot and if so what was the outcome.
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Couldn't move vid card to a new slot, due to 'other stuff' taking up space. Did remove, clean under it, and replace, though.

It was difficult to remove and replace. Getting to the screws on the case back was awkward. Had to release a blue clip and push two white buttons to free it up.
Read & watched the 'how to' tutorials. Seemed it took a significant amount of pressure to re-insert it :-(

Edited by vetsvet, 29 December 2011 - 07:42 AM.

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Unfortunately trying the other pci-e slot may have to be done I`m afraid, why pay a Tech for something you can do yourself though!

The fact that you now have no display is pointing towards the GFX card or the slot itself, have you tried removing the CMOS battery again?

Couple of other things for you to do, remove both sticks of Ram and then power up - any error beeps, try one stick of Ram at a time, try each stick in each slot until all variations have been tried, let us know the outcome.

Your PC at present is failing to P.O.S.T see http://www.poweronselftest.com/ for an explanation.
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To move the vid card would mean changing wiring, as a very short cord lies right over the other card slot, not leaving enough room for insertion of such a large card. Will try the rest of the above, read the new link, and return.
Loving all this help - thank you kindly.

-vetsvet
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When reinstalling the video card, you should only have had to use firm pressure to get it back in. I would remove it again, inspect for any bent contacts on the card and in the slot. reinstall the card making sure the locking clips click into place and try a restart.
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understood.
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Got help from someone who supposedly knows more about hardware. Per him,
Motherboard and DIMM2 sticks check out OK.
Internal hard drive works fine on another system.

He wiped drive and re-installed Win XP, but had a terrible time getting a driver for the vid card.
The good news is I now have a monitor with contents (no more black screen).


System sometimes boots up normally. The bad news is, more often, Windows reports Stop due to 'serious error' causing shut down. Codes:

0x0000008E
0XC0000005
0XB86546F8
0XA8654260
0X00000000

ATI2mtag.sys
B86546F8
base = B8468000
date stamp =4E1677CC

The above is all foreign to me but I will see if Windows support helps me understand any of it, while hoping someone here can translate.
Appreciate any advice forthcoming :-D

Edited by vetsvet, 01 January 2012 - 09:38 AM.

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Please Run the PCPitstop.com OverDrive Full Tests

Here's how:

You must use your Internet Explorer for this procedure. (doesn't work so well in Firefox or others). If your machine is running Vista or Windows 7, you must Select IE to “Run as Administrator”. After completing PCPitstop OverDrive you can close your IE browser and re-open it Normally so that you are no longer running as administrator.

Go to: http://www.pcpitstop.com
Click on "Free Computer Check-up" listed below PC Pitstop OverDrive
In the User Login - Click on "Sign up FREE!"
You'll need to submit a valid email address and create your own password, then click - Create Account(button)

Now enter your email address and password to Log in, Select - Scan this system Now!(button)
You will then be asked to download an ActiveX component and allow it to install.
It is safe and does not compromise your privacy.
Follow the on-screen prompts to install the ActiveX and to allow the Full Tests to be run on your machine.

The Full Tests take about 2 1/2 - 3 minutes on most machines.
When complete, a Results - Summary - Recommended Fixes will be displayed.

Please post the URL internet address, from your Results, back here into this Topic Thread so that we can review the configuration and present performance levels of your machine.

Note: During the graphics 2D and graphics 3D testing, your screen will display some rapidly moving objects.
If you are sensitive to visual flashing, it may cause dizziness. Therefore, look away from the screen during that portion of the testing.

After reviewing the results we will be more informed and may be able to provide better recommendations for you to work towards improving your machine's performance.

While PCPitstop does offer a variety of Paid Products, the PCPitstop OverDrive testing is FREE. Please ignore the references to Paid Products. We prefer to provide manual solution instructions that you can apply directly to your machine.

Thanks to rshaffer61 for the PCPitstop instructions :thumbsup:

Sorry I forgot to add this http://www.innovativ....com/drivermax/ you are allowed to download two drivers a day for free, hopefully a driver here will clear up the ATI error (your video card)

Edited by phillpower2, 01 January 2012 - 09:46 AM.

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Backing up old files from the 'cloud' & it is a LLLOOONNNGG download.
I promise to run PCPitStop's app once the backup is done, and supply the requested report.

Happy New Year :-D
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Ok, thanks for the update and of course a Happy New Year :thumbsup:
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Results URL
http://www.pcpitstop...?conid=24727498

(understood why those with epilepsy should not watch this. What a graphics show!)

Updated ATI graphics driver first. That seems to have done the trick. Horray for Geeks2Go!

Thank you most kindly :thumbsup:

Edited by vetsvet, 01 January 2012 - 04:53 PM.

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You are most welcome :thumbsup:
All you need to do now to get the max out of your PC is address the items with a red X @ PCPitstop, hover your cursor over the item for a description of the issue - click on the item and it will inform you how to fix it.
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so many red 'X's"....so little time :unsure: :lol:

Hopefully, I won't need to inundate you with more queries :wave:
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so many red 'X's"....so little time :unsure: :lol:

Hopefully, I won't need to inundate you with more queries :wave:


You have got a New Year :whistling:

If you have any questions please don`t hesitate to ask :thumbsup:
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Thanks for the continuing care Phillpower2.

Vetsvet.

On the Pitstop results window,
items 2,3,4,and 6, should be done on a regular schedule as part of normal computer maintenance.

Note. If in the future you add a SSD, it should never be defraged. It is completely unnecessary and will cause excessive wear.



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