Hi Have a celron 400 win98se pc, lately its been taking about 5minutes to start up; ie I turn it on, it whirrs away but takes a goo d few minutes for the hard drive to boot up, onces its on its ok. But today it wont boot up at all. The powers on, the fans are churning but the screen stays blank ( I have tested the screen its ok). any suggestions, is it hard drive failure? or any ideas please thanks rk
Hi Gongoozler, No, I dont get any black white boot screens. I was getting nothing and after about 5minutes a bleep and then would start up, but now I just hear the fans working but no hard drive activity
Are you sure your monitor/video card are OK ? If the expected protocol messages do not pass the video point. the rest hangs. Best bet for me would be a defective data cable connection between box and monitor.
H iDiemmess, Like i said the monitor is ok. My graphics card is on board type, this has been a progressive problem, ie it took longer and longer to start loading windows and now it wont do it at all. Is there any suggestions for testing the hard drive, or could it be something to do with the bios, if so what do i do.
richierich, if you don't get a POST beep, but you used to, then you have a hardware problem that is probably not associated with the hard drive. Isolating the cause is always difficult. Start by removing all the plug-in cards from the motherboard. If you still don't get the POST beep, you will have to remove any drives. You will then be left with the possibility of the problem being in the motherboard, processor, memory or power supply. You can remove the memory, and some people say you should even get a POST beep with no processor. The only way I know of to test the power supply is with a voltmeter on a spare drive power connector.
I will try that then, if I dont get a beep with all the cards, drives memories and processor detached are you saying it could be the motherboard? I suppose I could test out all the drives and memory in another pc, thanks.
Judging from your discription you seem to think it may be the Harddrive, a quick and easy check would be to boot from your emergency startup disk, if nothing happens then as already mentioned it is a hardware fault
ok before you take drastic action have you ever unfragmented your harddisk?? you see the more a pc is used the more fragmented the data on it becomes so unfragmenting keeps all data in place also have you tryed a registry cleaner and using SFC go to start select run then type SFC id do all that first before you use any drastic action