failing components?how to identify

  Im a diddy 17:39 02 May 2012
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Heya,Im looking at a friends Pc for him,hes been having problems of late,not starting up,trying to repair windows installation and failing,only starting in safemode.After brief discussion we decided a fresh install of windows was the way to go,and he dropped it round today However,soon as i started it up the fans were turning but no other sign of life apart from short beep followed by a long beep.Upon googling it,memory appeared to be the cause of it,so i swapped ram sticks(2) in and out,reseated the ram.One stick was preventing it starting removed it and the pc started the next step Got part way though windows installation(near end) and system froze.restarted and the graphics were playing up. Im hoping you can point me in the right direction,would both sticks be failing at same time?would failing graphics be causing this? or is motherboard on way out? I dont have any parts to swap in to test.sorry so long winded but any pointers be greatly appreciated.

  Im a diddy 19:02 02 May 2012

with the ram back in it wont boot,with one stick of ram and graphics in,its heavy pixilated,then microsoft welcome screen with loads of vertical lines,then screen goes black and shortly after the fans go crazy

  Im a diddy 19:04 02 May 2012

with the ram back in it wont boot,with one stick of ram and graphics in,its heavy pixilated,then microsoft welcome screen with loads of vertical lines,then screen goes black and shortly after the fans go crazy

  lotvic 23:25 02 May 2012

According to the specs, you do have onboard vga it's the blue vga connecter port. Diagram - look at the bottom for the Motherboard Layout and you will see it is marked VGA.

  KRONOS the First 05:06 03 May 2012

Exactly what I thought Lotvic the specs posted show integrated graphics. The statement *Intergrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed, * simply means that if a graphics card is added then on- board graphics are automatically disabled. I think there should be a VGA port on the I/O plate area. If not then perhaps the OP has posted the wrong PC specs.

  Im a diddy 10:53 03 May 2012

many thanks to all,especially lotvic and chronus..indeed there was a vga port couldnt see it from rear as had a blanking plate across it and once i could make it out on the board away it went.For feedback purposes Ive popped the memory back in,removed the graphics card,connected to onboard graphics and is installing Windows as we speak .Thanks again my friend will be over the moon as totally skint.

  KRONOS the First 11:13 03 May 2012

Good news indeed.

  finerty 12:12 03 May 2012

What operating system aare you using, which windws

  lotvic 12:31 03 May 2012

finerty, Specs are on page 1 - "Compaq presario sr 2 125uk ,its vista basic" and hopefully problem is fully solved, it seems to have been faulty graphics card.

Im a diddy, Glad display is working now, post back if any more probs :)

  Im a diddy 13:49 03 May 2012

windows now updated and fully installed...funny how faulty graphics card can display so many symptoms..hey ho thanks alot guys.

  lotvic 13:57 03 May 2012
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Im a diddy, pleased install went ok, now you can spend rest of day basking in a well earned warm glow of satisfaction :)

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