Originally Posted by greenbrucelee
what is the fault that is occuring? and why not just get a decent case and motherboard?
Thanks for your reply - there's no problem with the case (i presume you are referring to getting a bigger case = bigger mobo ?) i know the original mobo is limited and as i think that the fault lies there i wanted some help with suggestions of a compatible mobo to upgrade (instead of a direct replacement which i probably wouldn't find in the UK anyway ?)
What's concerning me is finding an upgrade mobo that is compatible- i know it's ATX (micro?) but will i find anything that i can still use the (newish) Ddr2 533 RAM sticks ?
As to the fault -
The machine is clearly not posting at startup and mostly takes 2-3 attempts before getting to desktop .
When you turn on the startup sequence is this -
Black screen with Emachines logo (Pentium4 sign bottom left) and lower right corner "Bios Setting F2
Boot Menu f10 "
Then another black screen with "F11 to start recovery " in top left corner .
Then another black screen (as if trying to load something ?)
followed by the " Welcome/Desktop page - if it manages to get that far in the sequence , mostly it black screens and begins the process again .
Internally all the fans /lights etc seem to be working .
Things i have done -
1 tested HDD by a Diskchk
2 taken out both RAM sticks and switched on -mobo gave out a "beep" , then tried both sticks of RAM one at a time .
Symptoms remain the same .
3 Re-installed Windows XP using repair disk that came with the system , so basically everything is now back to factory settings but still same result .
4 Took out the cmos battery for a short while and refitted .
If the machine does manage to start and runs normally for a short while (1/2 hr if lucky ) it crashes and goes back to restart as described above .
As stated there is no post at startup -only as described - and also no beep . This is not normal right ?
Anyway PSU is crappy (bestec) so i bought a replacement (Corsair) but have not fitted yet as to be honest i reckon it must be the mobo and i don't want to damage the new PSU .
Any ideas ?