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Well my friend called and he has a friend that I have met before but don't remember anyways he said he came home yesterday and his computer won't run. I mean more specifically he starts it up and everything works but there is no POST, no boot, no nothing!!! It appears as if it all it OK but nothing on the screen what so ever think he said the no monitor connection thing was flashing? It was a phone conversation he is suppost to drop by tomorrow so I can solve the problem. Thats what I know and here are the specs that I know so far hope this is the right area in the forum for this thread. Please any help will be awesome!!!

Gateway tower with bad cooling from what he says???
Windows XP
AMD Athlon X2 CPU
RAM unknown?
Installed a ATI Radeon X1300? 256 MB PCI-E video card

Thats about it also he said he put the hard drive in another computer and tried to run Windows recovery on the disk drive from the bad one and it froze up? Don't know exactly what he meant said it would restart? Thanks alot to however posts and helps me out it could be a simple hardware problem right? Also stated that it felt really hot inside the case and around the cpu area?
    
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WD 1TB SATA3 + 4TB Storage External USB Thermalright Archon Win 7 Pro x64 
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Samsung 27 inch LED 1920x1080 HD Logitech K120 Seasonic X-760 Modular Fractal Define R4 
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WD 1TB SATA3 + 4TB Storage External USB Thermalright Archon Win 7 Pro x64 
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post #2 of 28
it may be bad ram. have him try one stick at a time. and i say this because that sounds like similar symptoms to my buddy who just had to rma his ram
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Just out of no where after only a year maybe a bit more?
    
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WD 1TB SATA3 + 4TB Storage External USB Thermalright Archon Win 7 Pro x64 
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WD 1TB SATA3 + 4TB Storage External USB Thermalright Archon Win 7 Pro x64 
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Check all the connections, resewat the vid card and if necessary, remove all power to MB ans periphs and try the PS green to black to jump start the PS.
Sounds like a PS or connections to me!
    
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post #5 of 28
Reset CMOS
and replace ram
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post #6 of 28
if it was ram you would hear the beeps...that happened to my olddd computer my intel pentium 75mhz...there was a short and the PSU died i replaed it and the computer started bit nothing on the screen. i changed boards and voilá it was alive again...so i think you have 2 options here either the motherboard has some issues like happened to me or the cpu is dead...if you can make tests it these two components...
    
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Western Digital Caviar Blue DVD+-RW DL I had around, util i buy a BR-Drive Everything stock Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit 
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oh i forgot to mention if the CPU dies the computer turns on...but there wont be noting in the screen. that happened to a friend that broke 2 pins of a CPU. i toook the cpu off and the result was the same...it turned on but no post at all.
    
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Western Digital Caviar Blue DVD+-RW DL I had around, util i buy a BR-Drive Everything stock Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Philips 190S5FG LG W2243S-PF Logitech Classic 200 Corsair CX 430 
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Western Digital Caviar Blue DVD+-RW DL I had around, util i buy a BR-Drive Everything stock Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
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post #8 of 28
I say take it all apart and then rebuild the system back into the case. If that does nothing, try out a different video card. It IS possible that it is the CPU but CPUs tend to be the most durable part in computers.
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post #9 of 28
I came home once and my computer did nearly the same thing a long while back.

Turned out my NIC card got a surge or died while I was out.

Strip it down to the mobo and PSU. Test for post. Then add memory. Repeat. Add NIC card. Test again for post. Keep doing that one piece at a time; soundcard, vid card etc. You'll probably see something is dead and stopping it from posting and you'll know where your problem is.

Make sure all your PCI cards etc are all seated properly as well.

GL
post #10 of 28
Probably a dead power supply
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