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dmet
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Posted - 01/13/2007 :  16:37:06  Show Profile
lately when I turn on the computer the tower lights up but not the mouse or monitor, however when I Crash and reboot it comes up normally.the computer is a Hewlett Packard AMD athlon xp 2.16 gigahertz 512 mb DDR SDRAM 160 Gb HD.about three years old.I have been told it might be the floppy drive I would appreciate any information on this or helpful suggestions anyone might have. Thank you Dave

D.Oliver
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Posted - 01/13/2007 :  21:18:28  Show Profile
Hi Dave.

If you are up for it, you may want to try unplugging the power to the floppy drive along with the ribbon cable. If you ARE up to it, remember: UNPLUG the power cord! Simply turning the machine off DOES NOT REMOVE POWER. Now, push the power-on button on the front of the computer. This drains the capacitors on the main board so there is NO power in the system. Remove the case, or the one side that is removable by removing the screws at the rear of the case (usually 2 on the removable side.

Now, ground yourself (touch the computer case before touching any of the internal components). Also, note the position of the Red wire of the ribbon cable before removing it. It connects to the number 1 pin on the floppy drive. The power cord is keyed so you can't generally plug it in backwards.

Remove these 2 cables and locatE them where they don't lie on the main board. Plug the power cord back in. Try turning the computer on. If it powers up - the floppy drive is most likely the culprit.

You can buy another floppy drive if need be for around $5-10 at most local shops. It attaches to the case with 2 to 4 small screws (2 per side usually) - Oh yea: don't lose them. You can get more at an understanding computer shop though.

Hope this helps.

David
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

XP-Hm(SP-2) Athlon 1GBRam 160GB Networked 2-Way Satellite

Edited by - D.Oliver on 01/13/2007 21:21:45
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dmet
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Posted - 01/30/2007 :  22:58:46  Show Profile
Thanks again David. We were gone longer than expected but have now removed the floppy cleand some Cotacts and generally checked things. Seemed to have helped some smaller glitches but not the start up problem. Could not find a new computer battery where we were but don't imagine this would affect this problem but it is several years old.
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D.Oliver
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  20:36:21  Show Profile
You might try this.

Try turning on all peripherals that you use first - then turn the power on to the CPU.

Also note that HP's and some Compaq's have a very light-touch power button. Press it too hard or too long and it will shut right back off.

David
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

XP-Hm(SP-2) Athlon 1GBRam 160GB Networked 2-Way Satellite
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