Problem with booting up computer

April 28, 2011 at 23:32:57
Specs: Windows XP Professional, 2.33 GHz 2.00 GB of RAM
I have to switch the power on and off up to 5 times before my computer will boot up. Once it does it runs very well. This has only started very recently. The power is on as you hear the "beep" but nothing further happens. It started off with two attempts but every time I want to boot up it takes more attempts. It started at 2 attempts a couple of days ago and now I am up to starting on the 5th attempt. Can anyone help please?

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#1
April 29, 2011 at 05:00:37
It sounds like your power supply is failing. If it's a desktop, it can be replaced. If it's a laptop, it may be a different situation.

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#2
April 29, 2011 at 06:27:51
When you get it to load next time....save your data to dvd or something just in case. It could be the power supply as suggested, it could also be a failing hard drive, which is why I suggest backing up your data. If the computer loads download the "diagnostic utility" from the maker of your hard drive...you'll have to take the side off (or coverplate on a laptop), and see if it is a "seagate, western digitgal etc). I'll can give you the link to seatools for seagate, it works on any hard drive, you do the basic test, if it still passes do an extensive test. Back up your data!

http://download.seagate.com/seatool...


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#3
April 29, 2011 at 06:30:59
You can test the power supply with a simple meter, but it will not tell you how it acts under a "load" without a proper tester, if you have another known good power supply you could install it, and see if it solves the problem. If not the power supply...check the hard drive.

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#4
April 29, 2011 at 09:28:58
I think the way I'd trouble shoot it would be to swap psu. Problem is that even a good psu can fail on some motherboards. Since your board did work I'd think it likely that if the psu was bad then a new one ought to fix it.

A friend may have a known good psu that you can borrow to test with.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#5
April 29, 2011 at 20:06:32
Hello - I tried to reply to all who responded to my question but I am a first time user and don't know where my reply went. Should I select Submit Follow Up or Preview Follow Up?

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#6
April 29, 2011 at 20:13:36
Answered my own question!! Anyway thank you everyone for your help. I am still working on my problem but don't really think it's the Power Supply Unit. My hard drive is a Seagate SATA ST380815AS and I have a Gigabyte Motherboard. When I boot up unsuccessfully I get one beep then a pause and a second beep. When I am eventually successful (on the 11th attempt today) I only get 1 beep - probably the POST beep. I think that the second beep may indicate a CMOS setting error (well that's what it seems to say in the Award BIOS beep code descriptions). The other thing is that the problem only seems to occur when I do a cold boot. When I re-booted yesterday after forgetting to send an email it started up first time... Haven't tried the diagnostic tool which I downloaded from Seagate site yet (thanks HpperRox) and thanks also to Jefro for your offer of a loan PSU.

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#7
April 30, 2011 at 14:41:51
:)

I think you are a nice girl and a neat dresser (especially the flower dresses) and love the shoes and all but I was kind of thinking of some local person that may let you borrow a psu to use to test. Worse case id to buy a psu but they usually don't let you return them. Pretty unlikely that you are within 50 miles of me but if so I would lend you a psu. I may have one to simply give one to you. PM me if you think I am somewhat close to your location.
I'd bet you are at least 850 miles away.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#8
May 1, 2011 at 21:49:48
Thanks to everyone - problem seems to be solved with the help of my techno savvy friend.
Cheers :-)

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