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    Hi

    My old PC can only boot up intermittenly. It will boot up when I can hear the "engine" sound after I pressed the On button. If I can't hear any sound, that means it won't boot up.

    From my description, any PC experts here can give some ideas as to what's wrong with my PC?

    Thanks!

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    Well at least it's still working, it aint broke yet, what's your worry?

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    ohh i know, so simple... if you press and there is no engine sound means it has not been turned on. lol...
    thats like telling someone i say hi to you but if i dont hear you say hi back to me means you never hear me. Why you never hear me?!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cichlid View Post
    Hi

    My old PC can only boot up intermittenly. It will boot up when I can hear the "engine" sound after I pressed the On button. If I can't hear any sound, that means it won't boot up.

    From my description, any PC experts here can give some ideas as to what's wrong with my PC?

    Thanks!
    got anything on screen a not during the sometimes cannot boot??
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    dying PSU ? hard to diagnose .. but chances are your PSU is dying
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    Quote Originally Posted by cichlid View Post
    Hi

    My old PC can only boot up intermittenly. It will boot up when I can hear the "engine" sound after I pressed the On button. If I can't hear any sound, that means it won't boot up.

    From my description, any PC experts here can give some ideas as to what's wrong with my PC?

    Thanks!
    Sounds to me like your hard-disk is dying ...best you do a backup of all your important stuff and change the disk or get a new PC altogether...hint..sitex's round the corner
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeTHaCk View Post
    dying PSU ? hard to diagnose .. but chances are your PSU is dying
    Highly possible. Alternatively, a faulty motherboard. For other component failures, it will result in beep sounds than intermittent boot-ups.
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    for safety purposes...copy out all your data to external storage.

    most likely its motherboard or powersupply related. what you can do is pay $30 for repair quotation. If it exceeds $250, dont bother repair if its very old. You can get a used p4 box at sim lim square for around that price.
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    Thanks all for the replies. I guess a new PC is unavoidable cos it got worst, don't want to boot up at all liao....

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    The pc fan is clogged or damaged?
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    The pc fan is clogged or damaged?
    I havn't checked the fan yet cos I'm not technically inclined and dare not open the casing.

    After I pressed the ON button,the LCD does light up but didn't "move". The screen showed something like Press F1 for something, F10 for formating...something like that.

    Oh ya, sometimes, it goes to the black screen with the words: insert disk...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cichlid View Post
    I havn't checked the fan yet cos I'm not technically inclined and dare not open the casing.

    After I pressed the ON button,the LCD does light up but didn't "move". The screen showed something like Press F1 for something, F10 for formating...something like that.

    Oh ya, sometimes, it goes to the black screen with the words: insert disk...
    Ur hard disk going to up the lorry liao..
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    Quote Originally Posted by cichlid View Post
    I havn't checked the fan yet cos I'm not technically inclined and dare not open the casing.

    After I pressed the ON button,the LCD does light up but didn't "move". The screen showed something like Press F1 for something, F10 for formating...something like that.

    Oh ya, sometimes, it goes to the black screen with the words: insert disk...
    If it says that "CMOS Clocksum Error", then its the motherboard's battery that's drained.

    For the "Insert disk..." part, can reflect a faulty HDD issue. Or possibly of incorrect boot sequence in CMOS. Pretty technical here,
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    Quote Originally Posted by cichlid View Post
    I havn't checked the fan yet cos I'm not technically inclined and dare not open the casing.

    After I pressed the ON button,the LCD does light up but didn't "move". The screen showed something like Press F1 for something, F10 for formating...something like that.

    Oh ya, sometimes, it goes to the black screen with the words: insert disk...
    you can try to open up and see if your cables to the hd is loose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blazer_workz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cichlid View Post
    Hi

    My old PC can only boot up intermittenly. It will boot up when I can hear the "engine" sound after I pressed the On button. If I can't hear any sound, that means it won't boot up.

    From my description, any PC experts here can give some ideas as to what's wrong with my PC?

    Thanks!
    Ur hard disk going to up the lorry liao..
    I agree with blazer_workz. It has happened to me before. Best to copy out all the stuff that you want to keep from the HDD before it completely dies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_84 View Post
    you can try to open up and see if your cables to the hd is loose.
    ya, may be I'll try that tonight.

    Quote Originally Posted by kietgnoel View Post
    I agree with blazer_workz. It has happened to me before. Best to copy out all the stuff that you want to keep from the HDD before it completely dies.
    Yes, I've back up everything liao, thanks!

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    AMD Aton X2 Processors
    7850 (2.8Ghz) Black Edition 3Mb
    MSI 740GTM P25 AMD740G Mainboard wVGA/Gigabit Lan/ Sound
    Kingston DDR2 667 2Gb Ram
    Integerated 3D graphics
    Seagate/WD 320Gb Sata 2 harddisk
    Vios 6918/7271 Case w 450w PSU
    Samsung 22x SATA DVD writer
    MS KB + Mouse
    MS Windows 7 Home Premium (OEM)

    The above package sells for $605 from Fuwell, what do you guys think of the above package?

    I intend to use it for web surfing, Photoshop - Elements 5 and Fifa 10.

    Can the mainboard take a XFX 8400GS 512Mb DDR2 Tv-out/DVI graphic card? ($69)

    Btw, I'm using the faulty PC now,heehe. Havn't got time to open it up but maybe when I open it up, it may be fatal

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    Quote Originally Posted by cichlid View Post
    AMD Aton X2 Processors
    7850 (2.8Ghz) Black Edition 3Mb
    MSI 740GTM P25 AMD740G Mainboard wVGA/Gigabit Lan/ Sound
    Kingston DDR2 667 2Gb Ram
    Integerated 3D graphics
    Seagate/WD 320Gb Sata 2 harddisk
    Vios 6918/7271 Case w 450w PSU
    Samsung 22x SATA DVD writer
    MS KB + Mouse
    MS Windows 7 Home Premium (OEM)

    The above package sells for $605 from Fuwell, what do you guys think of the above package?

    I intend to use it for web surfing, Photoshop - Elements 5 and Fifa 10.

    Can the mainboard take a XFX 8400GS 512Mb DDR2 Tv-out/DVI graphic card? ($69)

    Btw, I'm using the faulty PC now,heehe. Havn't got time to open it up but maybe when I open it up, it may be fatal

    When you buy your new pc, just ask the guys there

    and yeah it can take your 8400GS. I would suggest bumping it up to the what 240 or 250 (i never keep track after the renaming of the 9series) from Nvidea.
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    The package looks good.
    Go all the way to 4 GB.
    So you don't waste money upgrading later from 2 GB; and left with 2GB of ram don't know what to do with it.
    Does that sound strange?
    Not at all.
    If you got 4 ram slots, the shop will fill with 512MB ram pieces to reach 2 GB.
    When you upgrade to 4 GB later, have to remove all these and replace with 4 pieces of 1 GB ram.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cichlid View Post
    Hi

    My old PC can only boot up intermittenly. It will boot up when I can hear the "engine" sound after I pressed the On button. If I can't hear any sound, that means it won't boot up.

    From my description, any PC experts here can give some ideas as to what's wrong with my PC?

    Thanks!
    If you try to use certain software to diagnose. Don't trust all.
    For example, I used Speedfan and it reported that only 1 fan in my PC was on.
    The other two were dead and not spinning. 0 RPM.

    Of course I opened the PC casing and turn on the PC. (DON'T DO THIS if you are not familiar and safety conscious there is a hazard of electrocution if you are not careful)

    All three fans were visibly spinning well.

    It is not the fault of the software author. I think he meant well.
    But sometimes, hardware improves over time and he cannot possibly write software that will work with all hardware config.

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