Brown out, computer resets itself

June 20, 2009 at 16:21:28
Specs: Windows XP
I was on my computer, and there was a brown out. When the power came back on i turned it on, and right when it gets past the windows XP loading screen, it resets itself over and over again. Did my motherboard fry? I cant check all my details of my computer obviously.

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June 20, 2009 at 19:28:36
There may have been a power surge. Disconnect the power supply from the mother board & reconnect it. It's a long shot but you might get lucky.

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June 20, 2009 at 20:24:28
What make and model is your brand name system, or what make and model is the mboard?
Laptop or desktop?

AC Power related events - power spikes, surges, lightning strikes on the power grid - are well known to be likely to damage the computer power supply on a desktop computer - in most cases they don't harm the mboard or the components on it, if the power supply hasn't failed completely.

Failing power supplies are common and can cause your symptoms.
Check your PS.
See response 4 in this:

For a desktop or laptop...

Less likely, an AC power related event may damage the data on the hard driive, or the hard drive itself.

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibilty, on another computer if you need to.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

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June 21, 2009 at 13:33:15
Thanks for the replies.

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June 21, 2009 at 16:13:35
I tend to agree with tubes about the psu. Just curious tho. How far does it get before reseting? If it gets to the loading windows screen there could be something else going on.

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