March 15, 2012 at 16:02:58
Specs: Windows Vista, 3 Gig
My computer was working fine - then I put it to sleep and then unplugged it from the wall (and my computer has no battery life so it was shut down immediately) When I plugged it in and turned it on again, the lights went on and the about 4 seconds later, before the screen had even come on, the computer turned off again and tried to restart. It is like a boot up loop but I can't enter BIOS or anything because it's before anything really loads or comes up on the screen. I really need help as I don't have any backups of important work. (and I've tried F1, F2, F10, Delete key, F8 and F9 but none work)

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March 15, 2012 at 18:41:36
Pull power plug and remove battery. Press power button a few times.

Then add back only ac adapter and try again.

Might try an external keyboard too.

Does it eventually bring up a welcome screen?

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March 16, 2012 at 05:40:45
If you haven't damaged anything hardware-wise by plugging/unplugging your laptop carelessly, you should not worry.If you cannot even get into BIOS, that you should worry.

Windows restarting automatically is one thing. That means your laptop developed a problem that needs a restart. But the problem is there and restart loop is repeated. You can stop your laptop automatically restarting.

Assuming you have not developed hardware fault, after BIOS screen ( this screen may go fast enough so you do not see anything ), you should press and release repeteadly F8 key. This should bring up the Advanced Startup Options screen where you can choose Safe Mode, disable Automatically Restart option, etc.

If you disable Automatically Restart option, next time you restart, you will be able to see the failure message. You post the message and people on this forum will look up the message and give you directions.

If you choose Safe Mode, you may be able to boot into Windows and save your important work before you attempt to repair the problem.


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March 17, 2012 at 04:01:36
Hi, thanks for the advice but the screen won't even turn on, - it's literally 3 seconds after me turning the computer on that it restarts itself so there's no way of getting to that screen where you can select BIOS or Safe Mode. Like i had said, I've tried F8, and various others and it won't work.

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March 17, 2012 at 07:06:30
This problem should not be related to Windows, then. It must be a hardware problem. Check if the power button is sticking, acting like a reset button.


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