bhowells95 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
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.
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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