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Ahhh my moms pc died!

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subconcept

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This morning my moms comp died Here are the specs.

Running WinXP, prolly a little too much for this system, but some stuff was a bit older and I was hoping xp had most of the drivers. Its been running like this since Feb 02.

Soyo SY6BA + IV Mobo
433 Intel Celeron
192 mb sd ram
Diamon Viper v770 (TNT2) Video Card
Maxtor 5400 rpm 13 gb hd
Sound Blaster Live Value
3com Nic
PC-200 PCI SCSI Card
PSU = whatever they used at the time id imagine a 250 watt
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She was using it this morning , and it froze,,,mouse and everything, she tried ctrl = alt = del, no luck so she rebooted. Not it wont post.

Ive removed 1 stick of ram, everyhting but vid card ram and cpu, but still not posting.

I am thinking it has to do with broken motherboard but I dont know or if the bios chip went caput. She has some email addresses on it that she wants so I want to hook her hd up to my comp and try to see if i can backup the data however; The emails would be in outlook xpress and I am not sure its the best idea to try and launch outlook when my drive also has outlook express which I use all the time, and I dont want any conflicts in registry or whatever, is there any other ways to get any important emails and email addresses?

Also in order to have another drive with win istalled on a slave I have to go into dos and rename win.com to something else correct?

Or if theres a conflict will it give me an option of which drve to boot to when i boot up.

I have a good feeling its the motherboard or cpu, either way finding a new cpu for a 433 or a motherboard for that slot is another adventure, so I will probably look into a k7s5a and 1.3 duron or something, I have no other ideas.

Any help about backing the data up would be appretiated. I have a 366 celeron laying around Ill see if i can sauder a connector for the fan onto the heatsink (i cut the connector off for something else a while ago) and see if that works.
 

turd

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Is your PSU fan turning when you power on? Have you tried a dif vid card? I would check either one of those first.
 
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subconcept

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Ahh ok then that shouldnt be a problem.

Ill try my radeon 8500 on it soon.

Say I want to see if it posts with the 366 mhz celeron I have but the fan connector wasnt on it, Would it be safe to start it up for a few secs to test for posts without the fan? I dont know how hot these things run
 

Captain Slug

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Suspect devices...

1. BIOS error. Clear the CMOS and try powering on again
2. Power Supply. I've replaced more power supplies in older systems than any other part.
3. Motherboard. They seem to die faster than most hardware since they're very complex and not very durable.

And for the love of Pete, switch to win98se. XP hates old hardware.

Edit: If you need a cheap PGA motherboard I can get them cheaply at a couple different places.
 

turd

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You should be fine post testing with the celly with the heat sink only. Dont do without the sink attached.
 
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subconcept

subconcept

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Cleared CMOS - No Luck
Tried another cpu - No Luck
PSU - Fans Spin turns comp on powers everything dont have another to test
There are no beep codes still, no post

I still gotta try a video card but If it wasnt the bios I would imagine it giving beep codes if there was a problem with the one in there.

When I take out the video card or ram I get no beep codes either.
 

Captain Slug

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subconcept said:
Cleared CMOS - No Luck
Tried another cpu - No Luck
PSU - Fans Spin turns comp on powers everything dont have another to test
There are no beep codes still, no post

I still gotta try a video card but If it wasnt the bios I would imagine it giving beep codes if there was a problem with the one in there.

When I take out the video card or ram I get no beep codes either.
So your only suspects are the PSU and motherboard.