Drew's post was a gentle reminder that he asked me for help and I forgot. I
disconnected every component and chip and then reseated it all again.
Problem [FIXED!]


Bryan Thompson
Technology Coordinator
Winooski School District
Winooski, VT 05404

On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 1:01 PM, Drew Blanchard <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> 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?  *
> --
> Drew Blanchard
> Technology Teacher
> Winooski City Schools
> Normand St.
> Winooski, VT 05404
> (802) 655 - 3530 x6073