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Windows 7: Old P4 Boot Nightmare !

31 Dec 2010   #1
Andy 01

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 
Old P4 Boot Nightmare !

Excuse the length of this post, but I have tried to cover all information so far.

My old PC, acts as a media server to other devices in the house.
A couple of weeks ago it decided it will not power on !
You get case fan run for a couple of seconds, and then it shuts down again.
It does not appear to complete the POST.

Its an old Compaq Presario S4490UK, with a socket 478 P4, 2.8 processor, and an Asus P4SD-LA mobo.

The last thing I had done to this PC is remove and re-mount the CPU fan as it was noisy. It ran ok for the rest of the day, but would not switch on the following day.

I disconnected everything from the mobo except for the CPU, RAM and fans, and it still failed to POST.
I disconnect the RAM, and you get a warning beep, but it still shuts down a few seconds later.

I exchanged the PSU, no change, so I was left with what I thought was a CPU or Mother Board fault.
I exchanged the Cmos battery to be safe, no change !

I obtained another CPU, and it done the same ! (Yes, installed with correct paste)
I have just installed another Mother Board, and it still does the same !!

What the heck am I missing here ??

Could the mobo be failing to see one of the fans run, and would that shut it down ??
(They do both run !)
The only other thing I can think off is the original fault was the mobo, and that's fried the replacement CPU.

Any other thoughts guys ??


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31 Dec 2010   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Often, this type of problem can be resolved by clearing the CMOS ...
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31 Dec 2010   #3
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W8.1 tablet
 
 

When you removed/re-installed the fan/heatsink, did you apply fresh thermal grease? Whenever you re-install the heatsink it's a good idea to clean off the old grease and reapply new. It could be that your CPU is overheating and the system is shutting down to prevent damage. Also, double-check that the fan/heatsink is mounted correctly, it's possible it's not seated properly for some reason.
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31 Dec 2010   #4
Andy 01

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
When you removed/re-installed the fan/heatsink, did you apply fresh thermal grease? Whenever you re-install the heatsink it's a good idea to clean off the old grease and reapply new. It could be that your CPU is overheating and the system is shutting down to prevent damage.
Thanks.
Yes new thermal grease applied.

Will have a look for the mobo manual about clearing the cmos.
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31 Dec 2010   #5
Andy 01

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Cmos cleared, no change
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31 Dec 2010   #6
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

When you disconnected everything down to the CPU you get a beep code. This is most likely a "no RAM detected" error code.
Now you install the RAM and it won't boot (no activity, no beeping).

This indicates that the problem is the RAM. It could be a failed stick, or it could be a failed slot. If you replaced the motherboard then that would pretty much eliminate the bad slot (still a theoretical possibility but pretty damned small!). So your diagnostic work so far indicates a bad stick of RAM.

Try running on just one stick of RAM. Then switch it out for the next stick. Do all the sticks one at a time.

When you get a beep code with only the processor installed it indicates the processor is good. You would not get the "no RAM" beep code if there was a problem with the processor.

EDIT: Obviously, your "My System Specs" are not for the problem PC. Might be helpful to know what the major components are in the problem PC should further diagnoses be necessary.
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31 Dec 2010   #7
Andy 01

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
When you disconnected everything down to the CPU you get a beep code. This is most likely a "no RAM detected" error code.
Now you install the RAM and it won't boot (no activity, no beeping).

This indicates that the problem is the RAM. It could be a failed stick, or it could be a failed slot. If you replaced the motherboard then that would pretty much eliminate the bad slot (still a theoretical possibility but pretty damned small!). So your diagnostic work so far indicates a bad stick of RAM.

Try running on just one stick of RAM. Then switch it out for the next stick. Do all the sticks one at a time.

When you get a beep code with only the processor installed it indicates the processor is good. You would not get the "no RAM" beep code if there was a problem with the processor.

EDIT: Obviously, your "My System Specs" are not for the problem PC. Might be helpful to know what the major components are in the problem PC should further diagnoses be necessary.
Thanks.
As said, its a Presario S4490UK.
P4 2.8 HT processor.
Mobo is an Asus P4SD-LA. Cant provide Bios at the moment.
Two IDE HDD, and one IDE dvd Drive.
Original GPU back in at the moment of an ATI 9200.
Original PSU installed, but a replacement has been tried.
Replacement GPU tried, no change.
Stripped to a bare board of PSU, CPU & Ram, no change !
Cmos cleared.
Two sticks of DDR ram. Tried with each one in turn with no change

Totally stuck now !
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31 Dec 2010   #8
Andy 01

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Just took the Ram from another PC.
Same result
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31 Dec 2010   #9
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

You have done everything you should do to isolate the problem correctly. The fact that you have not found the cause is confusing.

When you run these tests is there a video card installed? I'm sure you just have MB, CPU and RAM, but just checking for my benefit.

I have to assume that a MB/case short circuit can be ruled out since you replaced the motherboard. The only other possible cause of a no post situation would be a short in the case wiring or switches. Can you check those?
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31 Dec 2010   #10
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

OK. Just checked some info.
If you have only the Power Supply, MB, CPU (w/heatsink) installed and you get BIOS beep code, then add one RAM stick and get nothing (silence, no POST): It is possible that the RAM is shorting out the Power Supply (very rare). But why this would happen on 2 MBs and different RAM makes no sense.

Check the RAM sticks carefully for anything on the pins (dust, jelly, anything). Then check inside the RAM slots with a bright light and magnifying glass. Look for anything. Even a hair could conduct enough electricity to cause a short circuit.
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