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Windows 7: Powered up: no signal to monitor + clicking noise after driver install


03 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Powered up: no signal to monitor + clicking noise after driver install

Hi all,

Please forgive me for introducing myself with a request for help but this problem is quite urgent and i cant find a solution myself.

I bought my PC from ebay - its a refurb. Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with an ATI radeon x550 graphics card and a Gigabyte GA-8I915PMD motherboard.

My first problem came after installing the driver for the graphics card - upon rebooting to finish the install windows wouldn't fully boot up and hung on the welcome screen. I came on here and did some searching and found this to be a common problem because the ati driver had to be version 9.3 and there would be no further support. Even with correct version of the driver i had the same problem, and also when i change the driver to vista compatibility mode.

In the end i resolved to simply disable the driver and go on without as the picture wasn't so bad and i could still watch video's online (which surprised me).

To come to my problem - i updated windows 7 to the latest service pack and installed a load of other updates from the update manager and its been working fine for a few weeks but then i decide to try the driver again and now when my computer loads up, i get no picture to the monitor at all, and there is a clicking noise that sounds like its coming from the video card. Whats more is that the vga that goes into the motherboard is a 9 pin female end it seems so i cant even plug a wire into that as i don't have one.

So far I've tried taking the RAM out and giving it a wipe - to no avail.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Phil

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03 Aug 2013   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hiyya Phil mate sounds like that card is not much chop mate and to be honest you are running not really enough RAM 4GB would be a far better amount and it is DDR2 which in my own experiences is a bit slower than the DDR3 stuff which of course you cannot fit in your machine.

Mate run a memtest RAM - Test with Memtest86+ you will need to let it run for at least 8 passes unless you get errors straight away.

Another tool SF Diagnostic Tool - Using for Troubleshooting
and
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

But personally I would look at getting the extra RAM in any case.
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03 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Hi ICit,

Thanks for the tips on RAM and for the tutorials but I cant actully get onto the computer at all. It powers up but I get nothing just a black screen.

The ticking noise is almost like a clocks ticking.

What ive tried so far:

Pulled out the hard drive to see if will boot to bios - didnt work and the machine was still ticking.

Pulled out the graphics card - machine still ticking.

Unplugged the fan on from motherboard - still ticking

Checked PSU fan is spinning - which it is.

Took out the CMOS battery left it over a minute put it back in - still ticking.

I actually think my CPU has gone but im no expert.
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03 Aug 2013   #4

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Phil before you go doing anything check out the PSU for volts etc - a VERY common trouble maker

PSU - Jump Start

and


http://www.sevenforums.com/vip/257690-psu-how-test.html#post2130086

BE VERY CAREFUL!! post back what you find

I have to be away from the machine some time now so please be patient someone will answer.

John
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03 Aug 2013   #5

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

After reading the post about jump starting I really dont fancy trying that.

I'm pretty sure the PSU is in good working order as the computer comes on and both the fan in the PSU and on motherboard are spinning as normal.
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03 Aug 2013   #6
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Have you checked the CD/DVD drive(s)? I had one go bad and it made a clicking noise, too.
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04 Aug 2013   #7

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PhilM1 View Post
After reading the post about jump starting I really dont fancy trying that.

I'm pretty sure the PSU is in good working order as the computer comes on and both the fan in the PSU and on motherboard are spinning as normal.
Hmm Phil it quite safe the problem lies with opening the PSU up left intact there is nothing that can do any harm to you or anyone apart from pouring water into it or jamming screwdrivers inside all of which you will agree are just about what a moron would do.
I have done this many times and with a multimeter you can quickly check the volt s the current is far harder to determine as you would need to insert an ammeter in line.

But I think Jacee has a very valid point one which I didn't think of to be honest plus I am wondering maybe the hard drive is ticking too. I cannot remember if you said that the ticking was still there with the hard drive out? Just as thought is the CPU fan spinning real fats or is it ticking and is it the stock cooler too mate.

PS see this http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/38...clicking-sound and post back the specs on the PSU mate it may not be able to keep that card running.
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05 Aug 2013   #8

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I can only take a look at my PC tommorrow so I will check the dvd drive as I havent done that yet. But would a problem with the DVD prevent me getting a picture?

I may look into the PSU test tommorrow aswell if I have time so thanks for the tips.

I feel stupid for not saying in the first place but the heat sink on CPU is actually hanging off ( it was before my current problem), the CPU has thermal paste on it and has been ok up to now. I dont play any games on or run anything heavy software wise. I was always under the impression that the computer switches itself off before it can overheat but maybe im wrong and have actually blown it.

If it is blown would it make a ticking sound?

Sorry to throw this is now but thanks for the replies thus far.
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05 Aug 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PhilM1 View Post
I can only take a look at my PC tommorrow so I will check the dvd drive as I havent done that yet. But would a problem with the DVD prevent me getting a picture?

I may look into the PSU test tommorrow aswell if I have time so thanks for the tips.

I feel stupid for not saying in the first place but the heat sink on CPU is actually hanging off ( it was before my current problem), the CPU has thermal paste on it and has been ok up to now. I dont play any games on or run anything heavy software wise. I was always under the impression that the computer switches itself off before it can overheat but maybe im wrong and have actually blown it.

If it is blown would it make a ticking sound?

Sorry to throw this is now but thanks for the replies thus far.
I would recommend removing/disconnecting the PSU and turning it on manually to see if you still hear the tick, which I imagine you will, and if so it's a failed PSU. But you saying that the CPU was without a heatsink, even if it was only three seconds, will usually destroy the CPU. It can go from 70F to 200F in a matter of seconds.
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06 Aug 2013   #10

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Yes mate the heatsink hanging would have maybe let the thermal compound from the die to it leak out or worse still lose any contact with at all so no cooling. I don't know it that particular core would have a thermal cut out so to prevent the thing from frying but it is a definite possibility as my own i5 3570K has likely been cooked by the cooler failing so being an older core????

I might suggest that you if you can take out the CPU and gently lift the lid off and take a look at what is inside it will look something lie in the pic you can add some thermal compound to the die in the centre and then if you can stick the heatsink lid back down (roughly will fit where I put the red line and then a small edge) - nothing to lose at this stage.


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