Computer won’t boot

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Let me give you it's history..... this computer was having problems and apparently had it's power supply replaced. When the people got it back it still wasn't working perfectly - the cd rom drive wasn't working. Before they gave it to me to replace the cd rom drive it was freezing up on them and they would have to shut down. When I got it...it was doing the same...Windows wouldn't completely load the background pic would come up but not all the icons. It has deteriorated from there...one time when I turned it on I got streaming letters and numbers and lines going through the screen to now nothing but blackness. Sometimes it will say that the monitor is not hooked up when it clearly is. Any ideas? could it be a virus? I took out the hard drive and put it in another machine to test to see if that was the problem but it just comes up Operating System not found. (operating system is Windows XP) Hope someone can help.

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It could be a failing HD you might want to get the diagnostics from the manufaturers website and test the drive (if it’s a dell – it’s built into bios). Unless you really need that drive to work – it will save you a ton of time and frustration to just rebuild the OS and redeploy (once you know the HD is good)

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  • Richl01
    these items you descibed sound like a mother board issue, if the power supply blew out could have caused damage to all electronic parts.
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  • Rfergus28
    I would Check the Hardware for sure. If this is a Dell, Gateway or IBM there might be diagnostics you can download from the Manufacturers website. Now you say thier is another computer that you can put the Hard drive in? See if you can't slave the HD for two things. 1 to get the data that you may wan to backup. 2 to Check the HD for Failures. I would also suggest pulling out all the Extra Items that you don't need and add them one by one to check those parts. But I would also recommend a complete Reload of the OS also.
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