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#218829 - 27th Mar 2008 9:25pm Computer help needed
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Where do i start... oh yeah this is scotts old pc frown

Its a P4 3ghz
1 gb ram
120 or 160 gig hdd (cant remember)
Gigabyte motherboard

Here's the story:

We had a problem getting the pc to even switch on, so replaced the PSU with a slightly higher spec one (300 to 350 watt), the pc now powers up.

Then it wouldn't load at all, so i ordered and have now fitted a brand new motherboard which is the exact same model as the original one, same revision code too.

The pc still wont load up, even with just the hdd and dvd drive plugged into the m/board

ANY IDEAS ?

Before i go down the local computer shop and ask for help there

Thinking processor myself

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#218833 - 27th Mar 2008 9:58pm Re: Computer help needed [Re: Tony_1985]
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Do you get to the boot screen?

Try changing the RAM and graphics card; most problems like this are memory related.

It's rare for a CPU to die unless its being overclocked. Especially an Intel.

smile

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#218945 - 28th Mar 2008 9:10pm Re: Computer help needed [Re: MattLFC]
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Got it running

A mate of mine managed to work out that the processor wasn't in its slot properly

Just the fun of re-installing windows to come now

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#218947 - 28th Mar 2008 9:14pm Re: Computer help needed [Re: Tony_1985]
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Originally Posted By: Tony_1985
the processor wasn't in its slot properly

How the fook did you manage that??? omg

I do worry about some people and PC's lol... mind you, I knew a PC engineer once, who managed to put a molex into a DVD drive upside down raftl

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#218956 - 28th Mar 2008 10:08pm Re: Computer help needed [Re: Tony_1985]
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Originally Posted By: Tony_1985
managed to work out that the processor wasn't in its slot properly
Just how do you do that?

I'm amazed its worked afterwards, and no pins were damaged.
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#218957 - 28th Mar 2008 10:12pm Re: Computer help needed [Re: Mark]
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Originally Posted By: Tony_1985
managed to work out that the processor wasn't in its slot properly
Just how do you do that?

I'm amazed its worked afterwards, and no pins were damaged.

Im wondering if he had forgotton to put the active heatsink on; otherwise, as you rightly say, pins would have been crushed, especially with the force that the Pentium 4 heatsinks press against the shim!!

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#219009 - 29th Mar 2008 8:05pm Re: Computer help needed [Re: MattLFC]
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havent got a clue how that happened, but the pins are all fine

and its running now


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#219010 - 29th Mar 2008 8:07pm Re: Computer help needed [Re: Tony_1985]
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Just count yaself lucky then... very lucky smile

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#219118 - 30th Mar 2008 8:30pm Re: Computer help needed [Re: MattLFC]
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yeah very lucky

running win xp sp2 fine now, just set up all my software

internet is being a little funny, but i think thats my wireless router,

its the one you get from sky and its about 18 months old

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#219127 - 30th Mar 2008 10:40pm Re: Computer help needed [Re: Tony_1985]
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Lol gutted.

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