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bernadette
10-15-2000, 11:21 AM
My pc "sometimes" hangs b4 the POST beep when my Canon BJC printer is connected. Is this possible? Is the printer grounded or something? But sometimes, even when the printer is connected the computer would startup and ran flawlessly, and there's no problem w/ printing. Pls. help detecting the real culprit.

Paleo Pete
10-16-2000, 04:22 AM
Troubleshooting Windows Start Up Problems (http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q188/8/67.asp) might help.

I doubt if it's the printer, seems highly unlikely. I would think something in the start up routine is hanging up. The link posted above has some good info, and you might check some of the links in my site, might find some more info there, plenty links to find troubleshooting and maintenance info. Also do a search through the PC Guide, tons of info there too.

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Charles Kozierok
10-17-2000, 12:10 AM
Seems very unlikely to me as well...

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bernadette
10-17-2000, 01:46 AM
Originally posted by Paleo Pete:
Troubleshooting Windows Start Up Problems (http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q188/8/67.asp) might help.

I doubt if it's the printer, seems highly unlikely. I would think something in the start up routine is hanging up. The link posted above has some good info, and you might check some of the links in my site, might find some more info there, plenty links to find troubleshooting and maintenance info. Also do a search through the PC Guide, tons of info there too.

bernadette
10-17-2000, 01:50 AM
I doubt if it's the printer, seems highly unlikely. I would think something in the start up routine is hanging up. The link posted above has some good info, and you might check some of the links in my site, might find some more info there, plenty links to find troubleshooting and maintenance info. Also do a search through the PC Guide, tons of info there too.

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isn't the boot sequence => POST, (then one OK beep), bootstrap, io.sys, .....

the link is helpful but i doubt it's windows startup problem.

some1 did suggest a duff printer cable, is that possible?
there's no beep!

Paleo Pete
10-17-2000, 03:53 AM
If the printer prints correctly, it's very unlikely the cable is bad.

No beep though, means the problem is somewhere in the POST. (Power On Self Test) Try to go into BIOS and find a setting that says "Set Configuration Defaults" or "Set Performance Defaults". Reset this setting, and see if the machine boots right. You might also have to reset the hard drive and floppy parameters. Write them down before making any changes.

Remove and reseat the memory chips and video card. Blow all the dust out of the case. Press all the chips on the motherboard back into place. (Socket creep may be an issue here) Be careful not to bend the motherboard too much doing this.

POST is the basic start up routine of every computer. It reads the BIOS information, checks for video signal, presence of memory and CPU, proper voltage, then loads the operating system. The one beep you normally hear means the computer is happy the basics are OK. No beep means something is amiss. Power supply, motherboard and speaker are the likely causes.

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