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Shoota

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I was using my other PC normally until the mouse and keyboard stopped working. I tried reconnecting them but they still didn't work. So I thought restarting the computer would fix this.

I turned off the power and turned it back on but this time I got an orange light from my monitor and the monitor was blank. The computer was on but nothing was going on from the activity light.

I tried several restarts but the monitor still has the orange light. Its a dell 15" LCD.

Here are the PC specs

Dell Dimension 4400
Pent 4. at 1.6GHz
786MB RAM
Geforce 2 MX 64MB
40GB Western Digital hd


I appreciate any help.
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Turn the PC off, turn the monitor off, unplug it if there is not a power button, give it a minute turn the monitor on, boot the PC
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WTH? It worked!! How'd you know that? Is this a common problem? What was wrong?

Thanks a bunch keith for your response. You saved a lot of frustration :tazz:
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WTH? It worked!! How'd you know that? Is this a common problem? What was wrong?

Thanks a bunch keith for your response. You saved a lot of frustration :tazz:

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It's not really a common problem, but it's a common solution. Alot of small problems are fixed turning the system off and unplugging it.
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Thank You for letting me know
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Crap, im getting that problem again. I did what you suggested and it worked but now I have a feeling this is going to keep happening and I dont want to keep having to go all the way under my desk and unpluging the cords everytime this happens...
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Click start, run, type sfc /scannow then press enter to replace the system files, you need the XP CD and get a blue bar, when the bar goes, reboot.

Look for the latest drivers for your video adapter
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This gets wierder and wierder. Everytime I boot the pc I get random combinations of orange light error, freezing during boot up, and the mouse/keyboard not working.

Are any of my internal hardware components messed up or what?
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Run sfc /scannow so you know your system files are in order then after the reboot, click start, run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter and reboot.

It will take an hour to get back to the desktop, do not disturb this, when it loads to the desktop, the hard drive will have been checked and any possible repairs will have been performed.

Run the PC, if it still gives errors then you are looking at hardware, but this could be loose connections
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Well its hard for to get in my computer now. Sometimes it will freeze during boot and sometimes i can get to my desktop, which I only have a few seconds before my mouse and keyboard stops working again (which im now guessing is the computer freezing).

Edited by Shoota, 13 August 2005 - 04:40 PM.

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Thank You for letting me know

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Sorry, did I offend you or something? :tazz:
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Any other suggestions? Is my hard drive failing or is this a software problem?
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its a wierd one. dont suppose you have a copy of pc-check handy do you?
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