Freezes during boot up

Dell / XPS 410
December 28, 2008 at 14:31:40
Specs: Windows Vista, 160/1 gig
Power blinked out the other day and when the computer blinked out, computer turned off and then did a self reboot, came to black boot up screen, bar moves to "BIOS Revisions 2.3.1" then freezes. F1, F2, or F8 doesn't work. As a matter of fact nothing works. Is this a power supply, hard drive, motherboard or ? I do have the computer hooked up to a surge guard, so not sure if that was the problem or just coincidental. The front of the tower has a panel that has numbers 1 thru 4 for trouble shooting and 1,2 and 3 are all lit.

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December 28, 2008 at 17:55:22
Power supplies are usually the first to go and the cheapest way out. I would try that first.

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December 29, 2008 at 07:19:40
You have the lights shining.

After you see BIOS Rev. data, you also have to see the hardware data such as HDD and CD ROM and DMI data. I guess you do not see these.

Do the fans spin, either ? Do you hear hard drive spinning ?



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January 14, 2009 at 08:52:43
Well, I was able to figure out what it was. I unplugged the Hard Drive, it went past the place it was freezing wanting to know where the hard drive was. Alas, this eliminated the power supply. When I plugged the hard drive back in, it actually booted up. Thank you all for your suggestions!!!

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January 15, 2009 at 14:20:50
Good thinking.

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