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I have an old Computer that was just given to me which I decided to set up for my father to use. The system is a Compaq Presario SR1630NX. CPU is an AMD Athlon 64 3500+/2.2 GHz. 512MB PC3200 RAM which I upgraded to 1GB using some old PC3200 that I had from my current system.

The computer originally ran Windows XP and when I booted it up it was slow as hell, felt like it had never been reformatted in it's life. I did a clean install with Vista Ultimate and installed a few other programs on it. Everything was running perfectly and it was much better than when I first received it.

It came with a monitor, but I did not have a spare VGA cable so I set up the computer using my 19" LCD Monitor, again, everything went perfectly. Once I was done rebuilding it, I shut it down and set the computer aside.

A few days later (today) I got my VGA cable which I had ordered and hooked everything back up and started the computer. It booted up to the Compaq boot screen and that was it, wouldn't go any further. I rebooted several times and same thing. I couldn't even use the keyboard to go into the BIOS, Boot Menu, or anything, it was completely frozen.

NOTHING has changed since a few days ago when I set everything up, other than I changed the monitor. I even tried it on the other monitor again hoping that would fix it but it did nothing of course. I've tried resetting the CMOS battery, installing a new CMOS battery, swapped HD's, DVD drives, thinking maybe those failed somehow in the couple days the PC was sitting, but nothing has worked. The system stays frozen on the Boot Screen and is unresponsive.

What could have happened that caused this? I really don't see why the computer won't work now when the only thing that has happened since it last ran was that it sat for 2 days.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
    
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BIOS could be shot. PSU might've taken the board out, or the board just went...
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Look for a short somewhere... anything that could have fallen in there, or somehow shorted everything out?

Try taking out one of the sticks of ram, may times boot issues are ram related.

You also might try swapping PSU's, its possible that the PSU got zapped somehow.

Good luck, things like this are tough, just takes some trial and error hardware troubleshooting.
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Good call with the RAM logan. I decided to take out the 256MB sticks I had in the secondary DIMM slots and it booted right up. I guess those got fried somehow, odd.

Thanks for the help!
    
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Run memtest on that stick of ram, to see if it went bad, or if it just wasn't seated right. If it still works (in another computer) it could be the DIMM slot that went bad.

Either way, its nice to know, and I'm glad that it all got worked out.

Good luck
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Why didn't I point to ram? Idk why I jumped on the bios so quickly.
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I think perhaps it wasn't seated properly. I tested them one by one, and they ALL worked. I put all of them in again and the system was fine. I'll try the memtest, thanks.

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Why didn't I point to ram? Idk why I jumped on the bios so quickly.
LOL, I thought the same thing. I swapped literally everything but for some reason didn't think twice about the RAM being the problem.
    
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haha, its all good guys, thats why this place is so great, everyone approaches things differently, and so you've pretty much always got everything covered... no matter what it is.

Like if it really was the BIOS, I dont know if I would have thought of that for a while, even though its totally plausible.

So the ram was just not quite seated?...(or could have gotten bumped loose) well thats good news, because now you won't be down any ram, which is always annoying.

Good luck man, hope they all pass memtest
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