Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > General Discussions > Tech Talk
Reload this Page >

Dead computer - can it be fixed?

Tech Talk Discuss PC Hardware, Software, Internet and Other Technology

Dead computer - can it be fixed?

Old 10-21-05, 11:30 AM
  #1  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 227
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Dead computer - can it be fixed?

I have an old IBM Aptiva 500 mhz, XP-Pro, fully patched. It booted fine yesterday and I used it briefly. All I did was access the internet. I made no hardware or software changes recently.

This morning I fired it up and it won't get past the 'IBM Aptiva' logo screen.

I am unable to get into the BIOS, so I can't check anything there. Also, the CD drive won't open, so I can't try to boot from that.

Any ideas where I can start to try to find out what is wrong?

Thanks for any help.
Old 10-21-05, 11:32 AM
  #2  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
DVD Polizei's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 52,613
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
CD drive won't open? Does it have a little hole in front where you can insert a paperclip end to push the drive open?

Can you connect another drive up to it?
Old 10-21-05, 11:46 AM
  #3  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 227
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
DVD P- it is working fine again, but I don't know why.

I replaced the C: drive with another hard drive (that I don't know what was on it). It still wouldn't do anything, but I don't know if an OS was on the drive.

I then re-connected the C: drive that wasn't working, and it booted up just like it used to.

I wish I knew what the problem was, but I'm happy that it came back.

Thanks for your time...

Last edited by buffotoad; 10-21-05 at 12:22 PM.
Old 10-21-05, 12:33 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 2,805
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Sounds like what my old one did when the power supply started going bad (if it is shutting down on the boot screen and not locking up). Started doing it more and more untill it just wouldn't turn on at all.
Old 10-21-05, 12:35 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
DVD Polizei's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 52,613
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
^^^That's a good possibility.
Old 10-21-05, 04:59 PM
  #6  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 227
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Sorry I didn't give a clearer explanation before. My pc wouldn't shut down like yours was doing - it would freeze at the Aptiva logo screen, but the pc would stay on. It would sit on that screen until I powered the machine off.

I don't know if maybe the IDE cable worked itself loose or something like that. I have doubts because it was on there pretty tight and was hard to get out.

Thanks for your input!

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.