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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    I did reread your last post carefully.

    But:
    >zero or low cost ideas to try, including having a local shop test the components

    I don't know about where you live but around here having any local shop to test components is not a zero or low cost idea.

    Besides, I'd rather do them myself. I also think a lot of people have the capabilities to run them themseves. Certainly not all.

    However, not trying to step on any toes here. Just my humble opinion. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>
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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    Bob, I had the chance to work on my wife
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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    Mark, I totally agree with you about using chain stores and their repair shop. I had one experience that I did not like. They are quick to take your money but then do a quick and hasty job looking it over and if they don
    You know it&#39;s time to diet when you push away from the table and the table moves.

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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    f12 is often the key to get into the boot options screen - what make of computer is it?
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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    Rory, it's a Gateway GT5032 running WMC. The F12 key doesn't put me into the boot screen. When the screen does turn on I see the usual diagnostics and then into the Windows screen.
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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    On Gateways. I think F2 on boot will get you into the setup screen.
    If it does, then look for the boot sequence and make sure the HD is selected as first choice. While there check out any other options that may affect boot. Again, not sure since I don't have a Gateway machine.

    Also, when you are able to boot up OK:
    Does it appear to be using the proper video resolution, not the default VGA mode?
    Find your Boot.ini file ( it should be in your root folder C: ) right click it to open it and see what it says in there. It is only a text file so you should be able to read it OK.
    My boot.ini file looks like this:
    --------------------------------------------------
    [boot loader]
    ;timeout=3
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS
    ;timeout=30
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Micros oft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    ----------------------------------------------------
    Notice, I have two lines "commented out" with a semi-colon. You may or may not have these enabled. That's OK in this case.

    It looks like you are making some progress here, so keep at it.
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    Bob, the video resolution seemed perfectly fine on normal boot up without going into safe mode. I
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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    Note the last post said F2, NOT F12, to go to setup.

    I wouldn't comment out anything at this point. Just check lines 3 & 6 as shown in my sample boot.ini file and see if they are like the sample.
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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    Bob, I was able to get into Setup using F2. I noticed that my Primary Boot Disk was pointing to CD-Drive and my Secondary was pointing to my HD. I switched them around so that the HD was the Primary Boot Disk. I restarted the machine and now it boots properly! No MOBO problem at all.

    I am really interested in understanding the boot process. When it doesn
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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    Omega3,

    That's great that you are back in business again without springing for a new mobo or anything else.
    Glad I could help.

    USUALLY, the boot sequence will continue on to the second choice after it looks at the first location and if it finds no media there, like a normal boot disc. If there is a disk in the drive but is NOT a boot disk, then it will usually just stop there and generate an error message.

    How did it get changed? Sometimes that the mystery of the ages! <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    Bob or anyone, I guess I spoke too soon. It's back to the way it was. <img src=/S/disappointed.gif border=0 alt=disappointed width=15 height=15> I am getting power but no beep from the PC. I don't know if it's getting through the POST or the BIOS. I also noticed that as soon as I turn on the power from the surge protector, the PC starts up before I press the power button on the PC. That happened one time the first time this happened. I don't know what to check next. Any suggestions?
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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    Did you check the setup again?
    Is it back to pointing to the wrong drive?
    Did you change the settings and then select SAVE before continuing the boot process?
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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    Bob, I can't get into the setting at all. I've pressed F8 with no success and even tried F12. I don't think I can get into the setting until I hear the 1 beep from my PC. I get no beep at all which makes me think that it's because of some hardware failure but it worked before. Yes, I'm pretty sure I did save the settings last time it worked.
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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    It's <big>F2</big> to get to setup, not F12.
    Try it again and make sure you save the settings before exiting setup.

    See your <post#=629,375>post 629,375</post#>
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    Re: Motherboard or ?

    Bob, I did try F2 and Del key and just about any other key after powering off and back on again. Unless I get that 1 beep from the PC (which I think means the BIOS is complete) I won't be able to get into the settings screen.
    You know it&#39;s time to diet when you push away from the table and the table moves.

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