Today for no apparent reason my P4 2.66 XP Home PC will not boot ? does the following memory check ok detects drives Windows XC logo and stops There are strange 'barcode' like patterns on the screen ? (small repeating sets of 4 cricket stumps????) I tried a spare AGP graphics card but no improvement. I can start the PC with Acronis True Image 9 recovery disc (screen still full of barcode patterns) I loaded a backup partition image of 'C' NO IMPROVEMENT on bootup. I am thinking this is probably a HARDWARE ERROR (possibly motherboard?) Anyone any thoughts ?
Yea I suppose as a last resort. I think it will be a lot of work to prove it's a h/w error. I have trashed my op system before but have never failed to recover it with Acronis True Image. The Image I loaded was a week old so if it's a software problem that would have eradicated it I believe.
It could be as you say Graphics card Problem, do you get more than one beep?
If so turn the Computer off at the wall socket and remove the graphics card then refit it. You could do the same with your memory modules just in case it's one of those. But If it was you normally get more than one beep
there are no post beeps, as I said I tried a replacement graphics card. I might try reseating the memory modules but if it was failing memory I wouldn't expect it to stop in the same place every time....but there again PC's never fail to surprise me. Thanks a bunch for your thoughts.
Then there will not be a Speaker in the tower. My Medion Desktop does not beep as there is no speaker. I have thought about fiting in one as I did have one or two about. it's just that I never bothered