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From: Hildur K 
Subject: oh my...
Date: 21 Jun 2009 12:15:00
Message: <web.4a3e5c1b418b5929906689d0@news.povray.org>
I was working on a submission for the IRTC test round.

Then I had a short power out and now my good old trusted PC has turned into a
thingy with blinking lights making beep sounds endlessly... grrrrrrrrrr

Fortunately I have another PC, but all my stuff is on that thing... anybody know
a fantastic magic trick to make a motherboard come back to life?


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From: Warp
Subject: Re: oh my...
Date: 21 Jun 2009 12:21:39
Message: <4a3e5e12@news.povray.org>
Hildur K. <nomail@nomail> wrote:
> Fortunately I have another PC, but all my stuff is on that thing... anybody know
> a fantastic magic trick to make a motherboard come back to life?

  Couldn't you simple take the hard disk from the broken PC to the
working one?

-- 
                                                          - Warp


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From: Hildur K 
Subject: Re: oh my...
Date: 21 Jun 2009 12:55:00
Message: <web.4a3e6435539f2e94906689d0@news.povray.org>
Warp <war### [at] tagpovrayorg> wrote:

>   Couldn't you simple take the hard disk from the broken PC to the
> working one?


PC.
And if I can get it to start, I would rather at least try, instead of giving up

happened.



Normally, if you switch the power off on the back, then it wont start again


of stuck in the "on" mode.

I wonder if there is a jumper that can reset a motherboard to turn "off" so I
can try to start it normally? Break the cycle perhaps.


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From: Stephen
Subject: Re: oh my...
Date: 21 Jun 2009 13:13:34
Message: <g9qs351jjbl9gti1eemg60873d9gn05gr0@4ax.com>
On Sun, 21 Jun 2009 12:13:15 EDT, "Hildur K." <nomail@nomail> wrote:

>I was working on a submission for the IRTC test round.
>
>Then I had a short power out and now my good old trusted PC has turned into a
>thingy with blinking lights making beep sounds endlessly... grrrrrrrrrr
>

Grrrr! Indeed.

>Fortunately I have another PC, but all my stuff is on that thing... anybody know
>a fantastic magic trick to make a motherboard come back to life?
>
>

Alongside Warps suggestion. If the OS on the HD is goosed the data might be
available using a USB HD adaptor
-- 

Regards
     Stephen


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From: Hildur K 
Subject: Re: oh my...
Date: 21 Jun 2009 14:40:00
Message: <web.4a3e7ddd539f2e94906689d0@news.povray.org>
Stephen <mcavoysAT@aolDOTcom> wrote:
If the OS on the HD is goosed the data might be
> available using a USB HD adaptor

I always keep my data on several different partitions within the same drive,
just in case the OS goes. Then I can just re-install the OS and everything is
still there, except the programs of course. A simple precaution everybody
should consider.


motherboard or RAM failure.

Thanks anyway.

Hildur


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From: Stephen
Subject: Re: oh my...
Date: 21 Jun 2009 15:58:36
Message: <in3t3592r5ppbqenfqj2n8dctqb97h1b9s@4ax.com>
On Sun, 21 Jun 2009 14:37:17 EDT, "Hildur K." <nomail@nomail> wrote:

>Stephen <mcavoysAT@aolDOTcom> wrote:
>If the OS on the HD is goosed the data might be
>> available using a USB HD adaptor
>
>I always keep my data on several different partitions within the same drive,
>just in case the OS goes. Then I can just re-install the OS and everything is
>still there, except the programs of course. A simple precaution everybody
>should consider.
>

Seconded but a few months ago I used Vista's Startup repair (I think that it was
that one) and it reformated my HD. Fortunatly I had backed up all my data. It
did mean reinstalling the OS and all the programmes I use. Drat!
 

>motherboard or RAM failure.
>
>

POST failure :(

This might help fault finding (trouble shooting if you speak American :) )
http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm
-- 

Regards
     Stephen


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From: Hildur K 
Subject: Re: oh my...
Date: 21 Jun 2009 19:45:01
Message: <web.4a3ec549539f2e94906689d0@news.povray.org>
Stephen <mcavoysAT@aolDOTcom> wrote:
>
> Seconded but a few months ago I used Vista's Startup repair (I think that it was
> that one) and it reformated my HD. Fortunatly I had backed up all my data. It
> did mean reinstalling the OS and all the programmes I use. Drat!


you a warning, do they? I usually build my systems and install the OS manually.
Then it is me who is in control.

> This might help fault finding (trouble shooting if you speak American :) )
> http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm

Thanks! This is actually a very good link. :-) Might help me figure out if I can
save this one. Or at least let me boot one more time.


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From: Stephen
Subject: Re: oh my...
Date: 22 Jun 2009 04:35:01
Message: <web.4a3f4216539f2e945fd99d9e0@news.povray.org>
"Hildur K." <nomail@nomail> wrote:
> Stephen <mcavoysAT@aolDOTcom> wrote:
> >
> > Seconded but a few months ago I used Vista's Startup repair (I think that it was
> > that one) and it reformated my HD. Fortunatly I had backed up all my data. It
> > did mean reinstalling the OS and all the programmes I use. Drat!
>

> you a warning, do they? I usually build my systems and install the OS manually.
> Then it is me who is in control.
>




> > This might help fault finding (trouble shooting if you speak American :) )
> > http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm
>
> Thanks! This is actually a very good link. :-) Might help me figure out if I can
> save this one. Or at least let me boot one more time.

I hope that it does.

Stephen


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From: John Coppens
Subject: Re: oh my...
Date: 24 Jun 2009 21:23:04
Message: <20090624222257.41191737.john@johncoppens.com>
On Sun, 21 Jun 2009 12:50:40 EDT
"Hildur K." <nomail@nomail> wrote:

> I wonder if there is a jumper that can reset a motherboard to turn
> "off" so I can try to start it normally? Break the cycle perhaps.

Is there any chance the power button is stuck mechanically? I'm supposing
NOT, else after 4 seconds the power would cycle. It would be my first
suspicion though.

Then, I'd try and replace the power supply entirely - a somewhat tedious
job with all the connectors.

John


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From: Hildur K 
Subject: Re: oh my...
Date: 25 Jun 2009 15:05:00
Message: <web.4a43c96f539f2e941952b4cb0@news.povray.org>
John Coppens <joh### [at] johncoppenscom> wrote:

> Is there any chance the power button is stuck mechanically? I'm supposing
> NOT, else after 4 seconds the power would cycle. It would be my first
> suspicion though.


on/off, besides the separate -reset- button does not work either and it should
under any circumstances. And because this happened right after my washing
machine blew a fuse, I suspect there has been a nasty power surge, they are
known to destroy sensitive low voltage circuits on motherboards.


with constant short beeps, unless I switch off the main supply, which by the
way looks to work fine.

I have had problems before, but then I could always turn off and reboot so I
could remove/replace components to find the fault. This is different, it seems

post which usually makes this tiny but characteristic sound when you reboot.

No video, but when I turn main power on, it -immediately without delay- goes to
both lights on front blinking and endless sequence of short beeps. Maybe the
BIOS got wiped out?
>
> Then, I'd try and replace the power supply entirely - a somewhat tedious
> job with all the connectors.


seem to be the only thing working.

Well, anyway, this is not the end of the world ;-)
thanks for you thoughts on this.

Hildur K.


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