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Q: BIOS Refusing to POST ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: BIOS Refusing to POST
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: jtzarakas-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 19 Oct 2006 16:18 PDT
Expires: 18 Nov 2006 15:18 PST
Question ID: 775181
My computer has been plagued by random shutdowns and then refusing to
restart. I suspected one of my two RAM sticks went bad. I removed one
and the problem was fixed. Then the problem began again a week or two
again. I flashed the CMOS and the problem was solved...until
yesterday. My computer now refuses to POST. I get no beeps, no audio
or visual at all. I do, however, get fans spinning and power
throughout the system (to the best of my knowledge). I swapped power
supplies since I had an extra laying around. This did not solve the
problem. My fear is a dead CPU. What is the solution? Why is my
computer refusing to POST?

AOpen i945Ga-PHS

Intel Pentium D 820 Smithfield 2.8GHz

CORSAIR ValueSelect 512MB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) - 1 Stick

Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6L300S0 300GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

Everything else is onboard.
Subject: Re: BIOS Refusing to POST
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 20 Oct 2006 08:09 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Your thought process and assumptions are correct. I have
had this exact problem with a client of mine. The machine would not go to
POST, yet the lights and fans would power on and nothing else appeared to be 
wrong. I spoke to Dell who advised me to replace both the MOTHERBOARD
and CPU as it was customary to do both when a failure like this occurs.
I replaced both parts and the PC works perfectly.

I would speak to the company from which you got your CPU and MOTHERBOARD. Some
companies do life time warranty on parts. I believe you get 3 years of
warranty on an Intel chips so you might be able to get a refund. My
advice is to get a new CPU first and test your machine; if it works it
was the CPU that is at fault. If the machine still does not POST get a
new MOTHERBOARD and install this. I would guess your machine will now
work. If possible get a refund on the old CPU and MOTHERBOARD from your
PC supplier.

jtzarakas-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00

Subject: Re: BIOS Refusing to POST
From: keystroke-ga on 21 Oct 2006 12:29 PDT
Thank you for the five stars and the tip! :)

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