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    Hey guys.. I have:
    -Celeron 300 with PC Chips m715 motherboard (AT but takes slot A and dimm or simm ram, I use dimm)
    - 64 mb ram
    - Western Digital 1.2gig HD
    - DVD rom (I dont know exact specs)
    - ATI All in Wonder 128

    My system was working fine but one day it didnt boot up for some reason. My harddrive and power LEDs would come on, but nothing would happen. If I disconnect my harddrive IDE cable from the harddrive, it starts booting up normally.. If I disconnect my CDROM IDE cable but keep HD connected, it sometimes boots up. I came back after a week at school and it started up but CMOS checksum error.. I took the computer inside fixed it up a bit (after I fixed CMOS checksum and all) stuck it back in the car, it didnt bootup but then I kept disconnected/connecting IDE and it finally boots up but I know its gonna die again soon.. Any one ever have problems like this and know how to fix it?

    thanks
    Jason

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    What power supply are you using? I find many intermittent faults are caused by bad power supplies. Try hooking up another power supply (a known good mains supply) and see what happens. The Hard drive draws a lot of current as it spins up so this could be the causing the 5 or 12 Volt rail to drop and lockup the motherboard.

    There are other faults that could cause this but that's the first thing I can think to try(and it's often overlooked). The only way to find strange faults is by elimination. Try another drive, drive cable, even another motherboard if you can get one

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    Sounds like a power problem. What type of supply are you using?
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    I had a problem similar to yours, I found out that the mobo's battery get's drained REALLY fast specially when it's stored in hot enviornments ( inside the car) just like any battery.
    Test your battery to see if it's ok.
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    Hmmm....my battery on my PCChips motherboard has been fine...I wonder if it is just with that model?

    Another thing to check might be the RAM. I have found that incorrect or defective RAM on PCChips motherboards will produce the same symptoms you are looking at.
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    If it's not power, maybe your HD is approaching the end of its life. If it turns out to be power, try to disconnect all the things you don't need, especially drives. I don't know if FDDs consume much power when not in use, but if possible disconnect it. Also things like modems. Obviously you'll have to leave a video card in (moderate drain) and the HD in (the big drain). Maybe take out a CDROM? You could get a USB DVD/CDROM and unplug it when you don't need it (but it might consume more power, i don't know). My money is on the HD being almost dead. Bummer.
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