Pc Powers On But No Display. Tried Everything I Know.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:54 AM
My uncle gave me his desktop about a year ago. It was "messed up" and he didn't have the money to fix it. I am fairly knowledgeable with computers and can usually fix any issue I need to fix. This one however has be baffled. Problem is, I don't really have the cash to experiment with it or take it somewhere to get it checked out.
Push the power button, computer turns on fine, But there is no display at all, nothing. When you power the pc on, you hear 3 equal beeps and it seems to be running fine but as I said, nothing. Not sure if it is actually running fine or not other than the display.
What I have tried:
First thing I did was check to make sure everything was properly connected inside. I tried resetting the BiOS by removing the CMOS battery for 15 minutes. While the battery was out I had the monitor and keyboard plugged in and held the power button for about 15 seconds to drain any power in the MOBO. I reinstalled the battery and it did not help.
This computer has 2, 1GB sticks of ram and 4 DDR ram slots. I tested 1 stick at a time in each slot and it did not help.
I am thinking it has to be either bad ram, bad graphics card or a bad MOBO. But, I really just don't know.
I would like to either keep this PC and use it myself if it is a cheap fix because it is a much better computer than what I am currently using. If it is an expensive fix, I would like to know exactly what is wrong with it so I can part it out on ebay and make some cash. Anything is better than it sitting in my closet wasting space.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:30 AM
Please check the Gateway website to ensure I got the right machine.
If that is the correct motherboard, then the solution would be to test the ram first, then the motherboard.... There really is no good way to test either without a donor machine. But for now, remove ALL of the ram, except for one stick, installed in DIMM 0, then try to boot the machine, try each stick individually this way to verify that all work or don't work. If you never convince the machine to start, then you will need to locate known good ram to test with. Once you have verified that known good parts do not work, then you will have exhausted the possibilities down to the motherboard.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:06 PM
Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:13 PM
Gateway FX6800-01e----Intel Core i7 960 ( 3.2 GHz)---- Seagate Barracuda 750 Gb SATA II / 3.0 Hdd---- 6 Gb Crucial 1066 Mhz memory, running in Tri Channel conf-----Corsair TX650w PSU----- EVGA Nvidia GTX 560Ti 1gb GDDR5 Vram ----DVD +/- RW / CD ,RAM/DL Optical drive w/ Label Flash-----Gateway TBGM-01 Motherboard.... Vista Home Premium 64 bit OS w/ SP2; Samsung Synch Master 2243BWX 22" Monitor.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:59 PM
It shouldn't hurt the ram from your working machine. But the safer test, is to put the ram from the dead one into your known good machine. Bad ram rarely does damage to a motherboard, but a bad motherboard can cook good ram. It is highly unlikely, but possible.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:44 PM
The ram was in 1 and 3 by default. I only tested 1 at a time after that. Slots 1 and 3 from top down are white tabs and slot 2 and 4 were black I believe.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:59 PM
This post has been edited by LiveBrianD: 19 December 2012 - 06:59 PM
Need a Windows ISO image?
Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:33 PM
I just tried both sticks of ram on my good PC. Worked great, nothing wrong with them. Checked them out in CPU-Z and did a mem test and everything says the ram is perfectly fine.
I also moved the ram around in the bad machine to test that. From top to bottom I tried this:
Slots 1 and 3, Slots 2 and 4, and slots 1 and 2. Nothing changed.
Is there anything else it could be? The ram is fine.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:57 PM
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