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I have a really old system lying around. Its an Athlon 1Ghz processor with 128 mb ram and a 32 mb geforce 2 mx video card, dont know the processor and motherboard model. I hadnt used it in a while, and it was just lying around, so I figured to put it to some use. However, it wont boot now. When I power it up, the processor fan starts up, but nothing else happens. No beeps, no video, nothing. What could be wrong with it? anyone has any clue?
If the processor fan is running, that means the processor is fine, and the motherboard is messed up right?
Thanks for your help.
The first thing that happens when you power up is the BIOS code runs. If it sucessfully initializes all devices it beeps once, or multiple times to indicate a specific failure. No beep means the BIOS couldn't finish initializing.
So, strip everything out of the box except the bare essentials needed to boot up, which are: mobo, cpu, ram, video. If it boots up now you've elimated all four and can start adding things one at a time to discover the faulty component. If it still doesn't boot up you eliminated everything but those four, in which case try the CPU in another mobo or try different RAM in the existing mobo.... anyways, you get the idea: it's a process of elimination. .