Strange Boot Behavior

Micro-star international / Ms-7253
March 5, 2009 at 14:02:45
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.199 GHz / 2045 MB
I have a custom built computer running
windows vista. When ever I hit the power
button, it makes a clicking noise. If after
about 2 seconds it makes a second
clicking noise, the computer starts with
no problem. If not, the screen will stay
blank, nothing comes up. I don't even
hear the bios beep. The monitor is
getting a signal from the video card.
When it doesn't start up, I have to hit the
reset button until it does. I have a 500w
power supply, and the hardware
shouldn't be drawing anything close to
that. Thanks in advance for any help.
-Jake

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#1
March 5, 2009 at 14:08:56
What type of "click" is it? It could be a bad power supply arcing internally. If it sounds more mechanical, it could be a a fan sticking/hitting something, or just the power button itself clicking by design.

Try to isolate the click to determine where it is coming from, and what type of click it might be.

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#2
March 5, 2009 at 14:12:37
Its a mini ATX, so its very hard to hear exactly where it is coming
from, I will restart it a few time to see. I'd just like to add that the
DVD rom drive light blinks at the same time I hear the clicks.
There is no disc in the drive. Just to clarify a bit better, its a two
very fast clicks right as a hit the power button, and two more after
2 seconds that are a little bit slower.

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#3
March 5, 2009 at 14:20:47
Alright, I restarted and it sounds like the clicks are coming from the PC Speaker. I'd also like to add, once the computer successfully boots, it can be rebooted or reset and it will reboot just fine. Its only the initial start up. I'm not saying that hitting the reset button works the first try, it sometimes takes up to 10 trys to get it to boot, but it can be rebooted or reset after it boots successfully. If it is powered off, however, I run into the same problem again.

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#4
March 5, 2009 at 14:32:39
Check the fan on the power supply when it's not booting and see if it's spinning.
It may be gummed up with dust or need replacing.

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#5
March 5, 2009 at 14:42:04
Its spinning just fine. This problem has been occurring since I booted it for the first time. I havn't bothered to fix it since it wasn't that big of a problem, but I would like to get resolved.

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