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Old 12-18-2003, 01:14 PM   #21
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I had almost this exact problem a couple of years ago. Turned out to be a bad memory chip. If I could get it up, it was fine. If it got turned off or rebooted, I might get it right up or it might tke all day.
Just a suggestion.
Actually, this would be my next move. How many sticks do you have? Can you try other memory?
I have two sticks of 256MB DDR
Do those have to be used dually, or can you take one out at a time??
They can be used singly or together. Would't memory problems give some sort of error after it does boot, or should it give an error beep when it fails to post?
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I had almost this exact problem a couple of years ago. Turned out to be a bad memory chip. If I could get it up, it was fine. If it got turned off or rebooted, I might get it right up or it might tke all day.
Just a suggestion.
Actually, this would be my next move. How many sticks do you have? Can you try other memory?
I have two sticks of 256MB DDR
Do those have to be used dually, or can you take one out at a time??
They can be used singly or together. Would't memory problems give some sort of error after it does boot, or should it give an error beep when it fails to post?
It may not beep at all...Take one stick out, boot it, then put that one back in and take out the other, boot it, and see if there'* any difference...
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I'll have to try that.
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I'll have to try that.
Let me know. We'll go to the next step...
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ok, gonna shut down and try this now, be back shortly
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Ok I tried the ram thing, took number 2 out, no change, then put #2 in number one slot, took #1 out, no change, twiched them around, no change, pulled the video, no beeps, dusconnected the harddrive, still failed to post however hard drive light stayed on. Any ideas?
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Hard drive light was on with no drive present?? Hate to say it, but sounds like a flakey IDE controller....

It'* sounding more and more like a bad motherboard...
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Hard drive light was on with no drive present?? Hate to say it, but sounds like a flakey IDE controller....

It'* sounding more and more like a bad motherboard...
a buddy of mine was thinking that too. Is it possible to have a flakty IDE controller and it still run good when its running? Damn it, I dont even have my paperwork on this board anymore.

What about getting an add in card for my hard drive and disable the integrated controller?
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Honestly, I don't see how the IDE controller would cause POST errors. It'* not part of the POST. Technically, it'* not necessary for the computer to run.

But if the PS didn't fix it, and you're getting a light... Now that I think of it, the light could be because the controller is looking for the drive. Dammit, I wish you were in this area so I could fight with it in person.

OK, go into your BIOS if you can, and turn off the controller (again, if you can). See what happens then.
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Honestly, I don't see how the IDE controller would cause POST errors. It'* not part of the POST. Technically, it'* not necessary for the computer to run.

But if the PS didn't fix it, and you're getting a light... Now that I think of it, the light could be because the controller is looking for the drive. Dammit, I wish you were in this area so I could fight with it in person.

OK, go into your BIOS if you can, and turn off the controller (again, if you can). See what happens then.
ok you want me to disable the ide controller, then shut down and try to boot up and see what happens?
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