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 Post subject: New barebones build won't post. Help!
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:50 am 
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I put together a Clevo W370ET barebones laptop with an Intel 3210M and 16GB of RAM. After inserting the battery and plugging it in all I get is LEDs and spinning HDs with a black screen. I've tried:

-Reinstalling CPU (twice)
-Taking out sticks of RAM
-Using a 4GB stick I know works
-Being nice to it
-Attempting to boot with out memory (No beeps. Does this have a speaker?)
-Removing every component but CPU and memory

At this point I think either the CPU or Mobo is bad. The cpu/gpu fan doesn't spin but the heatsink does get warm. I'm out of ideas. Please help.


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 Post subject: Re: New barebones build won't post. Help!
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:58 pm 
Coppermine
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First, this should be posted in the Free Clinic, not Help me Buy/Build.

Second, I can't believe being nice to it didn't work - that's usually the magic elixir! :)

Still, there are many components that could be wrong:
*Power could be one problem. Be sure you have it plugged in and not just on battery power.
*Is there a way you can hook up an external monitor to your build, instead of the laptop monitor? The laptop monitor (or the cable to the monitor) would be my next suspect.

BTW, using the known good RAM was a very good idea.

As a last resort, you could drop off at a local computer repair shop. One near me only charges $35 to diagnose - yours might have a similar price. I recommend doing this before you start shipping components back one at a time until you find the bad one.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: New barebones build won't post. Help!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:28 am 
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Yeah, sometimes even nice doesn't work! Can you even get to the bios? If all drivers, chipset and bios are most current then just clear the CMOS. Lappys can be a little tricky and a lot delicate, so just carefully unplug the CMOS battery from the motherboard for a minute (yes, a full 60 seconds) and then plug it back in. Reboot and all systems should be GO.


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