Solved Computer gets to boot screen then turns off

May 26, 2014 at 17:53:34
Specs: Windows 8
I just formatted my computer and installed a new version of windows because it was dying on me. The computer was working fine with the new OS and everything was great then I took it to the porch to clean it out since it was littered with dust. A few hours of spraying and dusting later it is clean and I'm plugging it in. I turn it on and it tries to boot from CD even though the OS is installed and I have booted from HD multiple times. I restarted it and a blue screen came up with a whole bunch of info about the computer with the acronym M.I.T at the top. I exited this and restarted and now it doesn't even make it to the boot screen and just shuts off. Any help would be huge, thank you

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#1
May 27, 2014 at 00:35:07
✔ Best Answer
You spent hours cleaning it out? The best way is to use an air compressor and spend a minute or two blowing the dust out. Of course not everyone has access to one of those. Second best is probably those spray cleaners you can get from office supply stores. But they're expensive and can cause condensation on the motherboard so you'd need to dry it good before firing up the computer. It's not a good idea to use a vacuum as static can build up on the attachments and zap your electronics.

So how did you go about cleaning it out?

It's also possible that while you were doing that you jostled something loose--maybe a cable or add-on card. So check to make sure everything is tightly connected.


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#2
May 27, 2014 at 08:38:10
I used an air compressor to clean it but it had 3 years of dust in it so it took forever

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#3
May 27, 2014 at 08:53:55
Sometimes I swear it's the dust keeping it all going. Shut it right off, and remove the ram modules from their slot, wipe clean gold contacts with just a quick wipe and put them back firmly into place, making sure you have them in with the pin lined up correctly. Try that.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!


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#4
May 27, 2014 at 09:08:59
Cleaned the RAM and it's still just going to the MB intelligent tracker and stopping there

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#5
May 27, 2014 at 09:21:47
HopperRox:

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

Nah... To really screw things up you need a "screwdriver"!!!

Awful play on wordsI know - but...

trvlr


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#6
May 27, 2014 at 09:49:44
I figured it out. The hard drive got unplugged

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#7
May 27, 2014 at 16:06:48
Good news for you.. You might have been a little heavy in the cleaning process... But at least you now what to do next time (gently); and also what sort of things to check if it happens again?

Also thank you for posting back. Always appreciated by pholks here, and doesn't always happen.


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#8
May 27, 2014 at 16:26:46
Ya I only cleaned that long cause I had a serious overheating problem before and wanted to make sure dust wasn't the problem. Thanks for all the help!

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#9
May 27, 2014 at 21:04:52
It's good that it was an easy fix. Thanks for posting back.

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#10
May 29, 2014 at 16:00:28
It is easy to jolt a connection when working inside a computer - it might have been a bit loose for ages.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#11
May 30, 2014 at 04:12:16
I can't imagine taking hours to clean when using a compressor. 30 seconds and you are done.

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