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No boot very odd

Last response: in Systems
October 21, 2009 12:58:32 AM

recently moved, before i moved the computer worked no problems what so ever. After the move i have no boot up, here are the specs and the symptoms.

-Abit GD8 motherboard
-Pentium 4 2.8Ghz processor
-4 GB pc-3200
-320 GB Western Digital SATA hard drive

-all fans and cd drives spin up
-red motherboard light comes on
-hard drive does not spin up
-tone on for 5 sec. and off for 5, on for 5, off for 5, etc.

any help would be greatly appreciated i have tried everything my friends and i can think of.

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 21, 2009 4:38:51 AM

Reading stickies is a good idea. Especially if they say in bold letters "READ before posting about boot problems!".


"To eliminate the possiblility of a bad installation where something is shorting and shutting down the PSU, you will need to pull the motherboard out of the case and reassemble the components on an insulated surface. This is called "breadboarding" - from the 1920's homebrew radio days. I always breadboard a new or recycled build. It lets me test components before I go through the trouble of installing them in a case.

If you get the long beeps, add a stick of RAM. Boot. The beep pattern should change to one long and two or three short beeps. Silence indicates that the RAM is shorting out the PSU (very rare). Long single beeps indicates that the BIOS does not recognize the presence of the RAM.

If you get the one long and two or three short beeps, test the rest of the RAM. If good, install the video card and any needed power cables and plug in the monitor. If the video card is good, the system should successfully POST (one short beep, usually) and you will see the boot screen and messages.

Note - an inadequate PSU will cause a failure here or any step later.
Note - you do not need drives or a keyboard to successfully POST (generally a single short beep).

If you successfully POST, start plugging in the rest of the components, one at a time. "

Here's a link to jsc's breadboarding thread: [...] _13_0.html

If you make it through the entire checklist without success, Proximon has put together another great thread with a few more ideas here: [...] g#t1934282 "