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Windows 7: After cleaning, computer isn't booting up

02 Mar 2013   #1
Cakebread

Windows 7
 
 
After cleaning, computer isn't booting up

So I've just cleaned and dusted out my computer. I removed only the ram and the video card, nothing else. The ram is back in place and the video card is nice and snug and powered on, other than that I didn't move any components.

Now when I turn the computer on, it powers on, all of the fans are running, the power light is on, the optical drive works....except it doesn't output any video. Regardless of whether I connect my monitor to the video card or the motherboard, neither make anything happen. In fact, I'm noticing that after powering up the computer, to turn it off I need to hold down the power button to force reset rather than simply being able to click it off. That seems unusual, typically from the boot screen I can just hit the power button once to turn it off.

After looking up the problem, I'm wondering if I messed up in the actual cleaning:
  • I used compressed air, which I briefly held upside down before realizing I was not supposed to do that
  • I also used a paper towel to do some of the cleaning, which I've since read may not be a good idea

If you guys have any thoughts it would be much appreciated!!


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02 Mar 2013   #2
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Pull the ram and GPU out and re-seat carefully, does your GPU have additional power plugs, are they plugged in?
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02 Mar 2013   #3
Cakebread

Windows 7
 
 

Ha! It was the ram. Of course :P

Thank you everyone! Good of you to visit! Nothing to see here!
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03 Mar 2013   #4
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Great always check and re-check the obvious. Glad all is well. I find the best tool for cleaning a rig is a soft paint brush a vacuum and compressed air (I use a air compressor).
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