Having problems with your HP Pavilion dv8000z Notebook ?

Computer will not fully boot

\015 Here is the problem. My computers hate me. This is the second one to go down this week. But we will work on this one. Last night during playing a game the computer froze. It would not do anything. No alt tabbing, not ctl alt del to get to task manager, nothing. So I shut it off using the power button. I turned it back on and the monitor did not turn on. I thought bad vid card so I used the onboard video. DIdnt work. THen i used a different vid card. Still no luck. Today I turn it on, get monitor on and it locks up at the windows boot screen. Then i try again, monitor does not turn on.. After a few attempts monitor turns on and it will not go past either the compaq screen or the screen that shows the type of video card. IT will not boot with any other hard drives. I tried disconnecting other drives. Used a drive from another computer, reseated the cpu, mem and all other cards. All fans are on and the green light is on the front of the computer. I have no clue where to go from here. The thing that confuses me the most is that the monitor only turns on about 25% of the time when I keep trying. Let me know if you can think of anything.\015

Answers :

It is almost certainly a memory error. First off remove the power cord and the small battery on the motherboard. You may see a jumper near the battery with something like 'rst cmos' next to it. If so pull it off and short it over the other pin. Wait 5 mins, replace the jumper (if found) and install the battery. Whatever you do make sure you dont forget to replace the cmos jumper back to its origional position or you could fry your motherboard.
\015\012Re-connect the power and turn on. You should be in bios, restore the defaults, save and try a reboot.
\015\012If this works then you had a bios setting wrong, if not it will be your memory / ram.
\015\012If you have 2 or more ram modules then try re-booting with just one installed to identify the faulty one. If you only have one then buy a new one.
\015\012You have tried everything else correctly although this is a classic ram fault. I'd put money on it!
Hey just a shot in the dark here but I would start with replacing the ram and then the psu... If you have access to a p.o.s.t card throw that in there and it'll bring up most hardware issues.
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