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The PC is dead, there is no power at all. External power has not been verified. Power protection devices have not been checked.

The PC has no power, external power has been checked and is OK, power protection device may still be a problem

The PC has no power, external power and power protection devices are OK, power cord and power supply settings have not been checked

The PC has no power and all external power problems and settings have been checked

The system has power but there is no video; the monitor has not been checked

There is no video and no sound; the monitor and speaker are known to work

There is no video but a loud buzzing, ringing or rasping is heard from the PC speaker

There is no video produced on the screen but a beep code is heard

The system never displays the video BIOS message

The BIOS startup screen appears but the system hangs before the memory test and without an error message

The boot stops in the middle of the memory test

The memory test completed, but the system stops without seeking the floppy disks

The system is saying it cannot find IDE devices that it has been told to autodetect

The system stops booting while trying to identify Plug and Play devices

The system displays the system configuration summary but then stops the boot process without trying to boot either the hard disk or floppy disk drive

The system is supposed to be booting the floppy drive but it doesn't even try to boot it and activates the hard disk instead

The floppy drive starts booting but then the PC hangs

The floppy drive is activated but then the light goes off and the hard disk starts booting

The system is supposed to be booting the hard drive but it doesn't even try to boot it and activates the floppy disk drive instead

The hard disk is activated but then the PC stops booting and halts

The hard disk starts booting but then the light goes off and the floppy disk starts booting

The system boots the hard disk and "Starting MS-DOS" or "Starting Windows 95" is displayed


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