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My homebuild PC (Soyo motherboard with Celeron 2000)after about 2
years of loyal sevice went on strike. When I turn it on, lights are
going on, a red LED of HD is turned on, CPU fun is turning - and thats
it. No BIOS messeges - as matter of fact no messages on screen at all.
How to figure what happen? Should I buy a new MB or new CPU? Are there
any tools that will help me to determine what is the problem?
Any books or Internet sites?

Thanks,

Zalek
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    <zalekbloom@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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    > My homebuild PC (Soyo motherboard with Celeron 2000)after about 2
    > years of loyal sevice went on strike. When I turn it on, lights are
    > going on, a red LED of HD is turned on, CPU fun is turning - and thats
    > it. No BIOS messeges - as matter of fact no messages on screen at all.
    > How to figure what happen? Should I buy a new MB or new CPU? Are there
    > any tools that will help me to determine what is the problem?
    > Any books or Internet sites?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Zalek

    Unplug the computer, clear the CMOS settings, plug it back in and try again.
    Repeat three times. If this doesn't help, try a new power supply. It could
    be a motherboard or CPU, but if it was one of those, you'd likely get error
    beeps. No error beep? Very likely bad power. -Dave
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    On Sun, 12 Sep 2004 22:44:43 -0400, "Dave C." <mdupre@sff.net> wrote:

    >Unplug the computer, clear the CMOS settings, plug it back in and try again.
    >Repeat three times. If this doesn't help, try a new power supply. It could
    >be a motherboard or CPU, but if it was one of those, you'd likely get error
    >beeps. No error beep? Very likely bad power. -Dave

    Seems more likely to be a motherboard issue than a power issue. The
    power supply is supplying power after all. If it was a dead CPU, I've
    seen motherboards that will beep on that issue.
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    Something is loose. Check the cards, make sure they
    are well seated. Sometimes they may pop out a bit when
    the compter is moved, depending on the PCI slot quality,
    the quality of case, and how well they're seated. Also, check
    to make sure the motherboard is not making any bad contacts
    with metallic objects. I think it'll be okay, so don't get out the
    credit card just yet. Well, at least every time I've had this issue
    it's been one of the above.


    <zalekbloom@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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    > My homebuild PC (Soyo motherboard with Celeron 2000)after about 2
    > years of loyal sevice went on strike. When I turn it on, lights are
    > going on, a red LED of HD is turned on, CPU fun is turning - and thats
    > it. No BIOS messeges - as matter of fact no messages on screen at all.
    > How to figure what happen? Should I buy a new MB or new CPU? Are there
    > any tools that will help me to determine what is the problem?
    > Any books or Internet sites?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Zalek
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    On 12 Sep 2004 18:51:37 -0700, zalekbloom@hotmail.com wrote:
    >
    >My homebuild PC (Soyo motherboard with Celeron 2000)after about 2
    >years of loyal sevice went on strike. When I turn it on, lights are
    >going on, a red LED of HD is turned on, CPU fun is turning - and thats
    >it. No BIOS messeges - as matter of fact no messages on screen at all.
    >How to figure what happen? Should I buy a new MB or new CPU? Are there
    >any tools that will help me to determine what is the problem?
    >Any books or Internet sites?

    First guess from what you've said is a motherboard, though a number of
    other things can cause this. First thing you probably want to do is
    to strip the system down to it's bare essentials, ie just a processor
    + fansink, motherboard and power supply. At the very least that
    should give you some error codes complaining about lack of memory. If
    you do get beeps (or some other error code indicating no memory),
    gradually replaces parts one by one to see what part breaks things.
    If you don't get any memory missing errors (assuming your motherboard
    has a method of showing such errors.. some don't), then it's got to be
    one of the three remaining components.

    Given that you're getting power to LEDs and fans I would guess that
    it's probably not the power supply (though that isn't 100% certain).
    Processors hardly ever go bad (though it does happen), so that tends
    to point to the system board. You might want to have a quick look at
    the capacitors on the system board, many boards built around that time
    had capacitors than tended to leak after about 1-2 years. I ran into
    such a case on my own system board and have seen MANY more at work.
    It's usually pretty obvious if you do have leaky capacitors as there
    will be some brown goop pooling around them.

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    zalekbloom@hotmail.com wrote in news:e84e5f2f.0409121751.2e3dd32
    @posting.google.com:

    > My homebuild PC (Soyo motherboard with Celeron 2000)after about 2
    > years of loyal sevice went on strike. When I turn it on, lights are
    > going on, a red LED of HD is turned on, CPU fun is turning - and thats
    > it. No BIOS messeges - as matter of fact no messages on screen at all.
    > How to figure what happen? Should I buy a new MB or new CPU? Are there
    > any tools that will help me to determine what is the problem?
    > Any books or Internet sites?

    You might want to inspect the capacitors to see if you have the infamous
    exploding capacitor problem. I've seen a number of mother boards where the
    capacitors have their caps blown off.
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    zalekbloom@hotmail.com wrote in message news:<e84e5f2f.0409121751.2e3dd32@posting.google.com>...
    > My homebuild PC (Soyo motherboard with Celeron 2000)after about 2
    > years of loyal sevice went on strike. When I turn it on, lights are
    > going on, a red LED of HD is turned on, CPU fun is turning - and thats
    > it. No BIOS messeges - as matter of fact no messages on screen at all.
    > How to figure what happen? Should I buy a new MB or new CPU? Are there
    > any tools that will help me to determine what is the problem?
    > Any books or Internet sites?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Zalek

    Thanks to all for advices - the culprit was GeForce2 MX400 AGP video
    card.
    First I tried to clear CMOS (recommended by SOYO) - it didn't help.
    Then I started to remove sigle components and see what will happen - I
    was waiting to hear two beeps (before there was no beeps at all). I
    removed the memory, HD, floppy - after I removed the video card -
    suddnly after turning machine on I heard the sweet 2 beeps. I have
    some old junk PCs - removed an old PCI video card and put on my PC -
    it worked.


    Zalek
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