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OLD SYSTEM, NEW HARDDRIVE, NO MONITOR PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by friess, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. friess

    friess Member

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    Heres the situation, HP Pavilion 514n at work was beginning to freeze and crash. I removed the hard drive, stuck it in another machine as a slave drive, formatted it and installed XP Pro on it. I put it back into the Pavilion and nothing. The monitor remains in standby mode and nothing I can do will make it work.
    I realize that this is do to the lack of drivers. Since that harddrive would boot XP on the other machine (a win98 machine), I know its not the harddrive. I am also fairly confident that when I installed XP on the Pavilion harddrive while it was installed in the other machine, it probably learned the drivers from the other machine.
    Thats where I am and I need some guidance into where to go next. I looked for system drivers for the 514n, but found nothing, even if I did, I wouldnt be sure how to use them. Someone please help.
     
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    If there isnt anything on your monitor, then it is probably a graphics card issue, not the HDD.
     
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    right, but the onboard card isn,t bad. I know that because it worked up until the reformat. The problem is the drivers are gone. How would one a.)find the correct drivers?
    b.)install the correct drivers without a display?
     
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    only the operating system needs drivers not the post screen. check to make certain the data cable to the hd is not in reverse as in pin 1 to pin 40 when it should be pin 1 to pin 1. even disconnect the drive from the computer to see if computer will post.
     
  5. friess

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    I tried the computer without the HD plugged in, in fact I tried it with only the motherboard plugged into the power supply. Although the power supply is lighting up and the fan is coming on, I thought perhaps the 5V portion of the supply was bad. I tried another one that I knew was good, same results. I then took out the RAM card. No beep from the motherboard, no nothing. Only the power supply fan comes on. Everything appears to be ok, nothing is visibly broken. If I leave it on for a few minutes the heatsink over the processor gets hot, making me think it's running. Anyone have any other ideas?
     
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    try clearing the cmos as have found that to work sometimes.
     
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    i don't know what that means or how to do it. can you please elaborate?
    Thanks
     
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    read the user manual as that info should be there.
     

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