unit won't come on, drives won't open

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by John McCallie, Oct 28, 2006.

  1. A couple months ago I got an old P3 for a 2nd machine, hooked it up when
    the guy brought it over, booted to XP OK, looked alright to me. Then I get
    busy for a while, don't do anything with it until today, turn it on and it
    doesn't even light up the monitor. The lights on the front come on, but
    the little green one that normally flashes when the drive's working isn't on
    at all. The lights on the 2 cd drives & the one on the floppy are all on
    and what I think is just the "power on" indicator light is burning steady.
    Also, I can hear the fan. But nothing else is happening ...... the cd drives
    don't open, they don't even twitch.
    I don't have any manuals for this thing ..... I can't even find anything
    on the case that gives a clue as to who made it. Keeping in mind that I'm
    more than a beginner but probably less than intermediate, can anyone suggest
    something or a series of somethings that I could try? And if not, since I
    paid $90 that I'm not getting back, is it worth taking to a pro or just look
    for another?
    Any suggestions appreciated.
    Thanks, John
    John McCallie, Oct 28, 2006
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    Mike Easter Guest

    You're going to have to put a monitor on it that works so that you can
    see the bios post.

    If putting a good monitor on it doesn't let you see the display, the
    hardware troubleshooting is going to be problematic.
    If the hdd light isn't lighting up that is separate from the monitor not
    showing you anything during the POST

    You have some significant hw problems if something hasn't just gotten
    disconnected or jiggled loose in the transport.
    Mike Easter, Oct 28, 2006
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    Shel-hed Guest

    This has happened to most of my systems at one point or another.
    Re-seat the cards. Start with the Video.
    Shel-hed, Oct 29, 2006
  4. John McCallie wrote:

    If the cd drives do not open at all when you press the eject button, some
    voltage is missing or the ide bus is locking the drives.
    I vote for the former.
    Walter Mautner, Oct 29, 2006
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