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    Default Possible hard drive failure..?

    XPhome all patched..
    When set up and plugged in,the mouse lights up, but as soon as I hit the switch to boot up, the mouse goes out,I get a brief message on sceen,"No sync", and then nothing.The light that normally shows that the hdd is booting does not light up.Would this a hdd failure, or something else failing. I opened the case and can see the fan is going and there is a light on on the mobo.
    Any help most welcome.
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    Default Re: Possible hard drive failure..?

    If it's the HDD you'd at least get a POST screen. I'd say PSU, mobo, or GFX card.

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    Default Re: Possible hard drive failure..?

    I 100% agree with roddy boy but add, that memory is also a possibility

    Ground yourself, remove and refit the memory in case it is not seated 100%

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    Default Re: Possible hard drive failure..?

    Thanks,

    Could a dead cmos battery cause this ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt.Hook View Post
    Thanks,

    Could a dead cmos battery cause this ?

    Hook
    Unlikely. A totally dead (shorted) CMOS battery would more than likely stop the mobo from starting at all.
    A weak CMOS battery causes strange effects like the machine intermittently rebooting at random.
    A mobo will boot up with no battery at all - it just won't hold any settings.

    I think the others have it right - you have a crook graphics card, RAM etc. Try swapping these out until you get the screen to display something useful.

    I'd start with the graphics card first.

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    Default Re: Possible hard drive failure..?

    PSU, PSU, PSU, - - did I mention PSU,
    Smells like a crook PSU to me.......
    Seriously tho - the fact the the mouse loses power as soon as you try to boot would indicate this.
    If the RAM was bad/missing/dislocated you would get beeeeps from the mobo spkr.
    If the HDD was crook you would still get BIOS post complaining that there was no HDD to be found..

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    All fixed thanks....
    I pulled the ram stick out and put it back in and away it went.

    Cheers for the ideas,

    Hook

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