I killed my PC - help!

  iamspart 19:07 20 Jan 08
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Well not exactly my PC but my brothers, which makes it worse.

I was installing a wireless card from one old desktop to my brothers desktop and whilst I was removing the card I thought I may as well put the ram form the old desktop in as well.

However the ram didn't fit into my brothers PC and I removed and reinserted his ram.

When I turned it on the PC started up and then almost straight away died. There was a smell like I had blown something, so I thought I'd blown the power supply.

When I restarted the PC, the fans start and there's some HD activity but nothing on screen. The monitor doesn't recognize the system at all.

If I leave it the fans just continue to spin but nothing happens on screen.

I've tried a different Power Supply, but that didn't work. I've checked the monitor, tht work ok with another system. I've tried resetting the CMOS and removing and reinserting the ram. However it all results in doing what it did in the first place.

Have I messed up the ram somehow? Do i need to buy new ram?

Your help would be gratefully appreciated!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:14 20 Jan 08

When I restarted the PC, the fans start and there's some HD activity but nothing on screen.

Sounds like graphics card, tried a remove and refit or another card?

  MAJ 19:16 20 Jan 08

You might have knocked the graphics card, if it's a stsndalone card, rather than an onboard graphics chip. Try reseating the graphics card.

  iamspart 19:19 20 Jan 08

It's an onboard graphics chip, I've tried another card, but still nothing

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:31 20 Jan 08

Is the monitor blank or says no signal?

Have you proved the monitor and cable on another PC?

  iamspart 19:41 20 Jan 08

says no signal

and i've tried the monitor and cable on another pc, same as before

  woodchip 19:55 20 Jan 08

was the ram the same type of ram with same slots in it. or did you force it

  iamspart 19:58 20 Jan 08

no i dont think the ram was the same, i kind of forced it. Then realised afterwards that it was different

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:00 20 Jan 08

Oh dear monitor OK then graphics chip, motherboard or CPU. If lucky maybe BIOS settings incorrect.

Make sure you are booting with no devices plugged into USB ports etc.


TRy resetting the CMOS to default values by using the CMOS clear jumper or by removing the CMOS bttery for a few minutes.

  woodchip 20:06 20 Jan 08

Looks like you have blown the motherboard by damaging Ram slots

  iamspart 20:13 20 Jan 08

try resetting the CMOS - no joy

woodchip - so i'll need to replace the motherboard to fix it? Or can i just replace a part on the motherboard?

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