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Old May 10th, 2005, 03:36 PM        Static Electricity Damage
I was retartedly careless when I recently put a new hard drive in my pc, and I'm pretty sure it was damaged by static electricity, as all it will do now is show random symbols on the monitor once it is turned on. Does this sound like a problem with the motherboard, or could it be something else like the video card or the bios chip? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old May 10th, 2005, 03:56 PM       
can't boot from a floppy or cd at all?

what mobo you got? you may have damaged the EEPROM (bios chip), but if not you could just reflash it and maybe get it running again. i doubt it's a video card problem, but you may wanna try reseating everything just to be sure.
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Old May 10th, 2005, 06:28 PM       
I have hard drives lyeing about everywhere, ontop of TVs, monitors, near wollen jumpers and they all work fine. I doubt static has caused your computer to screw up.
First port of call is to reset the bios (check the manual there should be a jumper on the board for this). If that does not work, as ziggy says, reseat all major components i.e. video card and RAM.

If it still does not boot try messing with your hardware config, e.g. take a RAM stick out see if it changes anything, take another one out ect ect

If all else fails take everything out and try and boot with just mobo, cpu, ram and see what beep codes you get.

Incidentally are you getting any odd beep codes at the moment?
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Old May 11th, 2005, 08:50 AM       
Thanks for the help guys, once I reseated all of the major components everything was fine.
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