won't startup up without several re-boots

September 5, 2009 at 12:07:23
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium III/700
My computer will not start up unless I reboot, sometimes 3 or 4 times. I get a variet of error messages, but if I let it sit for several minutes, even with an error message on screen, and then restart, it will start up properly. It stays on all day. If I re start then it works fine. This only happens if it has bee turned off for over night.
I have been using this same motherboard, etc, for 15 years. Can it get worn out; tired; needs time to warm up?



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September 5, 2009 at 13:09:57
Could be a failing power supply or bad capacitors. Look at the link below for more on bad caps.

One other cause could be bad contact on some of the hardware. Remove and reinstall all the cables, cards and memory. Remove and insert the memory 4 or 5 times to burnish the contacts.

Some of the power connectors have locks on the plug that you need to depress in order to remove. Don't break anything and exercise proper static precautions.


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September 6, 2009 at 00:03:50
Depending on the error messages, it may be the hard drive. I had that problem when the previous drive began to fail in my 98 PC.

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