Are there any beep codes?
I would try the following:
1) I'm with Lisa, although I go overboard and unplug and re-plug everything from the mobo (Memory, video cards, power connections, even reseat the processor) and see if that works.
2) if that doesn't work, try booting it with 1 memory stick at a time. If one works, take it out and try the next until you identify the bad stick(s)
3) switch out the power supply.
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From: "Drew Blanchard" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 1:01:41 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Computers won't boot
I have to support 11 Gateway Pentium D computers in my video lab, running XP Pro with 2 GB of RAM. Suddenly, 2 of the machines will not boot. Really won't boot, as in the DVD drive light briefly flashes at startup, but the hard drive never spins up. I don't even get the boot menu/bios screen. I've tried the basics, nothing seems to work. I'm not a newbie, but this mystifies me. I wondered if was the CMOS battery; I pulled the battery and reset it, which allowed the computer to restart in safe mode, but at reboot it went back to a blank screen. Hardware isn't my specialty, but the fact I can't even access the bios says I need some advice. Help?
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