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    Old computer,New parts.

    Hello,
    let me first start off with Any help is accepted and appreciated. Now, Down to business. I own an Old Compaq, 5011r. It started about 3 years ago, The screen Would display nothing and kick off. it would do it for like 5 mins then ago away. It didn't happen every time i started it though. So i put it in an old room and got a new computer. Then i found Ubuntu. And i see that it can support old systems. It has 768 mb of ram. I plugged it in and set it up, And now it will not display any thing. i thought it was the video card, So i got a new one still wouldn't work.
    Some info,
    AGP slot,
    Unknown OS(cant remember Most likely XP)
    Does not show Biso
    PSU is good, Test others too.

    I am wondering if anyone could help me with this.

    Thanks in advance,
    Pough
    Last edited by Pough913; January 3rd, 2011 at 04:24 AM. Reason: Typo.

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    Re: Old computer,New parts.

    You stated that it does NOT show BIOS. Just to clarify, when you power on the machine, does anything appear on the screen? Typically when you power on a computer, it displays a splash screen or some info first.

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    Re: Old computer,New parts.

    it should also make a single beep to confirm mothebroard is working fine (single beep is no issues). any more beeps you will need to see the motherbaord manual.

    also check if any of capacitors on the motherboard are bulged.

    like this for example: http://www.pcstats.com/articleimages...capblown_3.jpg

    if they are you're in "luck" and can throw that motherbaord away unless you know how to replace those things
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    Re: Old computer,New parts.

    If the BIOS doesnt initalise, and you dont get warning beeps (for no/bad RAM, no/bad CPU etc) then you've probably got a dead motherboard.

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    Re: Old computer,New parts.

    Yes, zyberwoof, It does not show anything no splash screen.
    mastablasta, I do not see any bad capacitors.
    cascade9, I was thinking that of that.
    Thank you all for you help.

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    Re: Old computer,New parts.

    About all you can try is using the clear CMOS jumper, or removing the BIOS battery for 10 minutes or so (either of these will reset teh BIOS to defualt values, sometimes that will get things going again).

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