My Computer "Locks Up" or refuses to boot sometimes.. and I hear a strange clicking noise at those times..
This is VERY bad! Your Hard Drive is on the verge of crashing.. If you have important files on it, DO NOT BOOT IT AGAIN until you have some type of backup method ready.. If the files are truly valuable, DON'T MESS AROUND! Call Us or a Local Tech!
When I try to turn on my computer, I get a dos message that it can't find the boot record and/or that the drive is invalid.
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First, Make sure there is no floppy disk in the A drive. If not, then your computer has lost its CMOS settings, got a virus or is having a hard drive failure. Call us!
I added a sound card or modem to my computer, but it won't work or knocked out the other! (or also won't Boot Up) Help!
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All cards (or components) of a computer require a specific address (like a parking space). This is setup "hard" by the card and "soft" by windows. If any cards use the same on either, You got problems! If its a "Hard" conflict, the computer may not boot up. If its a "Soft" conflict, the lower priority one fails. (some cards take over 5 spaces!) AND there are only a set number of spaces available on a computer anyway, so this can be tricky! Call us!
My computer is Dead! It Won't come on at all..
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Think very simply at first..
You have to first determine if its the computer or the monitor..
1. Is your computer & monitor plugged in? and powered on? and all connections to each other tight?
2. Do you see lights on the computer and monitor? if yes on both, try adjusting the settings knobs on monitor.. if no on the computer, check for a main power switch on the rear... if no on the monitor, test with a working monitor..
3. Does the computer make its normal boot-up sequence noises? if yes, then borrow a working monitor from someone to test.. your monitor should be bad.. if you get a serious of ominous beeps, then your computer has a hardware error.. if you get soft, but only about half your normal beeps, then your computer has a software problem. Search FAQs for "Boot" & "Beeps"
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