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Dante

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#1
My partner has a home built pc by his brother. It is based on windows xp professional and has a nividia ge force graphics card (8-10 months old). However it has had some quite disturbing problems recently. We've had to have the power supply changed due too shutting down when used for too long. (This problem now solved). But last night a new problem arose ... it shut down completely n hasnt started up since. The graphics card has had intermittant "juddering" and the pc has had to be rebooted when it gets too severe. This seemed too solve the issue but after last night its ceased too function at all. It powers up perfectly, lights fans etc all seem too be functioning normally but the pc does not go thro the motions for starting up windows and the monitor displays nothing and remains completely blank. Im possibly asking for a miracle but can you help or at least advise what we can rule out before having too spend alot of money taking it too our local pc shop. I appreciate I probably am the worse information possible but Im not a pc expert by any means ... and any advise on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
Dante (complete pc novice n proud lol):D
 
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Wolfeymole

#2
Hello Dante

Welcome to FPCH

This sounds like the CPU is overheating and deciding not to play any more.
What's the other specs on the machine like memory, mobo etc?
 

Dante

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well hhhmmm I cant access any of the pc at all tbh ... the power is goin thro the pc fine ... the fans lights etc all switch on correctly but u can normally here a pc going thro the various stages of starting up windows ... this is not doin that now ... there is no ifnormation at all ont he monitor too even be able too start it in safe mode and try n salvage anything too get the pc started.
I know it has 80gb ram, pentium 4, nividia ge force 7800, new power supply and various new fans throughtout the pc due too a clogging issue with the dust fromt he parrot. Other than that I cant tell you anything else as I cannot access anything inside the pc itselfs programme wise.
 

Seth

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#4
Hi Dante.

If the motherboard has a VGA port, then remove the graphics card and test the system with the onboard video.

If not, obtain another video card for testing. If you can't do so, call some computer shops and explain the issue. Most shops will have a lot of old video cards sitting around that they'll sell for next to nothing. Just make sure that the computer has a compatible port for the test video card. Let me know if you need more info, or get the shop to refer to this thread.

Bottom line though...you first need to address a video card problem.
 

Dante

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#6
I have to be honest ... I initially thought video card too ... would be taking it out n testing the pc on its on graphics card work ? (I can do that much) but what concerns me most is it not actually going through the windows stages then bleeping to let us know its completed all checks n can start ... would that be the graphics error ? Just curious before I take card out
 

Seth

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#8
Test the video card options as suggested.

I'm just telling you what a good computer tech would start with.
 
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#10
Pop the CMOS battery out (while the PC is off) leave 10 seconds - put it back in and see if it boots - you will lose all the BIOS options but if it does come on go into the BIOS and select 'optimal settings' and then save and restart and see if that helps - it may have the CPU and memory timings set wrong or OC'd and they may be generating too much heat.