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Old 01-04-2005, 03:34 PM   #1
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old Athlon 1Ghz processor wont boot up


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.
 
Old 01-04-2005, 04:06 PM   #2
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nope the prcessor fan and the processor itself are in no way related...
Could be a busted anything...
 
Old 01-04-2005, 06:33 PM   #3
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so how do i check whats faulty?
 
Old 01-05-2005, 08:17 AM   #4
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process of elimination

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. .
 
Old 01-06-2005, 02:16 PM   #5
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I have another system with an Athlon XP 2600 in an Asus a7n8x mobo. Should i try this old athlon 1 gig processor in that motherboard? It wouldnt mess the mobo up, would it?
 
Old 01-06-2005, 05:17 PM   #6
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well..i'd say : start at the beginning.
do you have another power-supply, or...can you connect your mobo +cpu+ram ( +video )....to the supply of the other pc. ?

i wouldn't exchange processors, as core-voltage may be different.
also, some mobo's have a minimal clockspeed above 1 GHz.

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Old 01-07-2005, 01:32 PM   #7
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Yes, having a similar-technology computer is really going to help your troubleshooting!
 
Old 01-07-2005, 03:06 PM   #8
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I have a really old system lying around. Its an Athlon 1Ghz processor
I sounds funny that a 1Ghz is considered really old. Maybe you could help me convince some people that my 166Mhz needs to be traded in for an Athlon 64 4000 on a 939 socket.

Anyway, I would be careful with the swapping stuff or you may end up with two dead machines.
 
  


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