Computer does not boot after memory installation
Posted 30 November 2005 - 01:39 PM
Posted 30 November 2005 - 01:53 PM
Edited by pera00, 30 November 2005 - 04:12 PM.
Posted 30 November 2005 - 04:09 PM
Download memtest 86 follow the instructions and make a bootable floppy.
Disconnect both cd and hdd from the mobo and psu then insert the floppy and it should boot from it and test the ram.
let memtest run for at least 3 passes at its defaults.
One other thing, does the computer get into bios if so see if the bios reports the temps and voltages and list them here for us.
If the bios has anything about vdimm list what it is set at.
Posted 30 November 2005 - 04:15 PM
Posted 30 November 2005 - 05:07 PM
I disconnect both the cd and hdd and ran memtest for 5 passes at its defaults.
It found 0 errors. Is it safe to assume that the memory is in good shape and the hdd might be the culprit?
Posted 30 November 2005 - 05:45 PM
connect the cdrom but leave the hdd disconnected and put in your windows cd and try and boot from it.
Of course windows won't find a drive to install on but I want to see if it will boot from cd
Posted 01 December 2005 - 07:49 AM
Posted 01 December 2005 - 09:24 AM
Posted 01 December 2005 - 02:02 PM
If this doesn't work I would try to get another HD, even a small and old one, connect it and try to install XP. If it works then it shows the system in general is operable and the HD must be replaced even if we do not know exactly what caused the problem.
Posted 01 December 2005 - 03:08 PM
I have installed a floppy drive and used it to run memtest from it. I do not have a DOS disk, can you point me to a good source? I also went and bought a new hdd last night, ripped the bad #(@#^%*!@ Maxtor out and installed XP on the new WD hdd without a problem. I am currently downloading the last batch of XP updates.
I'd still like to get the files from the Maxtor though (or even get it back to operational) if possible, it was only used for 4 days... However, I have tried to connect it to three other computers in various configurations and not one single computer boots up when this monster is connected, even as a slave. What could be so nasty and scary that could cause the computer to shut down in mere presence of this drive??? Is there any way to get to this drive short of dynamite?
Posted 01 December 2005 - 07:41 PM
give up on the drive something internal is messed up bad maybe a short or something.
Posted 01 December 2005 - 10:09 PM
One final question, are there any potential problems mixing two different manufacturers' memory sticks? I have one Kingston and one Micron module. Both are 256Mb and memtest reports them at operating at the same speed and same latencies (2.5-3-3-7).
Posted 01 December 2005 - 10:18 PM
About mixing the ram, most of the time you can, sometimes different ram don't get along so good and can cause problems like a no boot and when you remove one then everthing is ok.
The installation of the ram did not cause the problem with the hdd it was just bad.
Posted 02 December 2005 - 12:01 AM
If you are still interested about a bootable DOS disk, the easyiest way to create one is if you have someone who run a windows 98 computer. You go to control panel > add/remove program, and there you find an option for creating a recovery diskette.
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