wont turn on fully

June 5, 2011 at 14:20:59
Specs: Windows XP
when i go to start my computer it starts with the fan running loud then shuts down before i can get to any screen..sometime i can get far enough and a bios screen comes on and when i exit out of there it shuts down then if i try again to shut it down and turn back on it wont turn on at all no fan sound or anything..i am wondering if i need a new fan for it and what fan is it??

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June 5, 2011 at 17:46:08
As far as fans are concerned, if it's shutting down that fast it would be the CPU fan.

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June 5, 2011 at 17:53:45
I'd be more inclined to think the power supply is going bad.

I think it unlikely that the cpu can overheat before it gets to bios unless there is no heatsink at all.

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June 6, 2011 at 11:18:51
well latest update on the problem....i got to a black screen w white print saying something that "Bios has detected a non-optimal memory configuration" and someone else said it sounds like a Bios problem..but how would someone fix that when its hard just to get to that screen w the stupid computer shutting down before it gets there most of the time....soooooooooo frustrating!!!!

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June 6, 2011 at 12:20:27
Going back a bit, was this computer working normally then suddenly started doing this?
I assume you hadn't changed the RAM, cleaned inside the case or something.

If it's a Tower or Desktop it is fairly easy to take the RAM sticks out and clean their edge connectors with a pencil rubber, then pop them in and out a few times to clear any oxide off the sockets themselves. It's a long shot but one I've run into many times. There are RAM testers but it would obviously be difficult to get into BIOS to set it so that the CD drive or Floppy drive boots first.

If it really is a BIOS issue (which is a strange thing to just happen out of the blue) then you could remove the coin sized battery to reset it, or consult the motherboard manual to find out if there is a reset jumper you shift or whatever.

It could still be a PSU issue - none of this is too easy to sort out with advice from afar.

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June 6, 2011 at 13:13:49
When I see this "Bios has detected a non-optimal memory configuration" I suspect one of two things.

One is memory has gone bad or needs to be re-seated in connector.

Second is bios settings have been altered.

In most bios's you can try if you are brave one thing. There is a setting for failsafe or default. It will set all the settings to common ones.

It may make your situation worse if you have only a small amount of tech skills too.

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June 6, 2011 at 17:51:03
i had issues with it starting up a few times in the past but w some patience and few extra tries it would turn on..it all started a few days ago when we had some really horrible storms and the power went out and the computer was on when that happened..so could the configuration change that way?? its just the strangest thing and i'm thinking i am going to have to call someone out to look at it..i don't really want to start pulling things apart on it..when its all figured out i will be sure to get back to you to let you know what the outcome is..thanks so much for trying to help me out :)

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June 6, 2011 at 18:47:24
Most likely it is a hardware issue and the storms / power cuts could well be the culprit.

If you are not comfortable poking around inside the box then I reckon getting someone to look at it is the wisest move. Hope it all goes well and is not too expensive.

Yes please, we would like to know what it was, whenever....

Good luck

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