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Computer Stuck at Post

Discussion in 'Software' started by Professor-Falken, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. Professor-Falken

    Professor-Falken Kilobyte Poster

    Computer is stuck right after testing memory does not load Windows what could it be?

    Thank you,

    Professor Falken
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    Like I said in your other thread, it could be the hard drive, if this is a new build then check the molex connector on the drive.

    Now you have said post does the memory try reseating the ram and download memtest86 and see if it brings up any memory related issues.

    Do you get any messages like "missing os" or "can't find ntloader etc"
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  3. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Might be that two IDE devices on the same cable are set to master, they need to be master\slave or cable select.
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  4. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Best guess is some sort memory test failure. Did you make any changes inside the computer right before this problem came up? When the computer booted, were there any unusual beep codes?
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  5. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    Is this a different computer from your post saying no video? Because there you say no POST messages.

    In this case the first thing is to remove all drives and non-important PCI/PCIe cards and try again. If it goes all the way to 'No boot device' then you know it was one of those.

    Even better is to use a POST diagnostic card.

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  6. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Sorry. I didn't realize this was referencing another thread. If you are stuck at the memory test and have no video, I suspect the video memory test failed.
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

    Just answered your other thread...

    err I can't help wondering if you should look in your A+ book PF? After all I would of thought this stuff would of been covered there?:blink:rolleyes:

    I'm sure in the 2003 edition it states look forr error codes and bleeps, check all connections and make sure the graphics card and ram is in correctly.

    What does the error message read before windows load?? is it missing DMI data pool?

    Does it ask to press F1 or check cmos sum?

    Details...PF..we need more details?
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  8. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    This is what the troubleshooting method is used for.

    Have you performed any diagnostic testing?
    Have you tried booting from a bootable CD or floppy?
    Have you swapped components with known-good components?
    Have you tested your computer's components in a working system?
    Have you eliminated as many components as possible (add-in cards, etc.) to see if you can eliminate the cause of the problem?
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