Diagnosing Computer Issues - many parts already replaced
September 15, 2004 10:00 AM Subscribe
Computer fixing frustrations - what to do when you've replaced (pretty much) every part and the problem continues? (more inside)
posted by Mossy to computers & internet (9 answers total)
So, a little while back my little sisters computer started to go on the blink. Every so often it would simply lock up and the screen would stay frozen. Eventually it began to lock up during the bios loading procedure, so I doubt it was a hardware fault. Finally, the computer wouldn't start at all - the fans would all start, but the cd roms didn't seem to have any power unless I removed their ide cables. No vga out either.
Figuring this would probably be a ram problem, I went out and bought a new stick of pc2700 ram (this was an original nforce mobo) to replace the existing ones. Still no joy, so I bought a new integrated mobo, case and power supply.
The problem persisted, so I finally ditched the exising 1700XP processor and heatsink and bought a 2000XP witha new heatsink.
Unfortunately, it still isn't loading into bios - the fans and power supply just whirr away..
The current setup is:
New 256MB pc2700 RAM
New PC Chips mobo (http://www.pcchipsusa.com/prod-m863gv15.asp)
New athlon xp 2000+ (133mhz fsb?)
New case and psu
Old cd, dvd and hd (all of which work with other comp setups fine)
Any ideas what's going wrong?
The only things connected on the mobo are the power, reset and hd led connectors (erm, the arrow pointer is the p part, right?), speaker connector, vcore, power and cpu fan. The ide devices are not connected, but still no bios booting.
Any help would be much appreciated, I'm feeling a dash useless here..