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failing components?how to identify


Im a diddy
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Heya,Im looking at a friends Pc for him,hes been having problems of late,not starting up,trying to repair windows installation and failing,only starting in safemode.After brief discussion we decided a fresh install of windows was the way to go,and he dropped it round today However,soon as i started it up the fans were turning but no other sign of life apart from short beep followed by a long beep.Upon googling it,memory appeared to be the cause of it,so i swapped ram sticks(2) in and out,reseated the ram.One stick was preventing it starting removed it and the pc started the next step Got part way though windows installation(near end) and system froze.restarted and the graphics were playing up. Im hoping you can point me in the right direction,would both sticks be failing at same time?would failing graphics be causing this? or is motherboard on way out? I dont have any parts to swap in to test.sorry so long winded but any pointers be greatly appreciated.

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KRONOS the First

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Good news indeed.

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lotvic

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According to the specs, you do have onboard vga it's the blue vga connecter port. Diagram - look at the bottom for the Motherboard Layout and you will see it is marked VGA.

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KRONOS the First

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Exactly what I thought Lotvic the specs posted show integrated graphics. The statement *Intergrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed, * simply means that if a graphics card is added then on- board graphics are automatically disabled. I think there should be a VGA port on the I/O plate area. If not then perhaps the OP has posted the wrong PC specs.

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lotvic

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Im a diddy, pleased install went ok, now you can spend rest of day basking in a well earned warm glow of satisfaction :)

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rdave13

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Glad you're sorted. Blanking plate on the onboard VGA port! What a daft idea. Glad the ram is ok as I suspected.

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Im a diddy

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yes thanks rdave13,the ram is ok as you suspected,Blanking plate looked part of the case,didnt suspect it was vga at all ;-( found it on the motherboard side after being prompted but it was quite hidden aswell..Alls well that ends well.. so i managed to clean install his laptop and sort his desktop,thanks for the help...hope he buys me a pint at least ha.mates rates pah.

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Im a diddy

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many thanks to all,especially lotvic and chronus..indeed there was a vga port couldnt see it from rear as had a blanking plate across it and once i could make it out on the board away it went.For feedback purposes Ive popped the memory back in,removed the graphics card,connected to onboard graphics and is installing Windows as we speak .Thanks again my friend will be over the moon as totally skint.

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finerty

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What operating system aare you using, which windws

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lotvic

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finerty, Specs are on page 1 - "Compaq presario sr 2 125uk ,its vista basic" and hopefully problem is fully solved, it seems to have been faulty graphics card.

Im a diddy, Glad display is working now, post back if any more probs :)

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Im a diddy

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windows now updated and fully installed...funny how faulty graphics card can display so many symptoms..hey ho thanks alot guys.

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