I really dont know what im doing i need help

June 8, 2009 at 10:33:47
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1534MB
Ok well i updated my video card driver and sims worked great but then i turned my pc back on and it kept just shutting down so i reinstalled windows as thats my solution for everything lol and it worked ok for about an hour then it turned off again and when i turned it back on it kept going to the safe mode, start windows normally blah blah screen and whatever i selected it turned off and restarted to the same screen, so i decided to clean my fans which are filthy and after a few tries of starting to reinstall windows again it just turns off and wont come back on :( havent even had a real chance to play my new game please help someone do i need a new power supply?


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#1
June 8, 2009 at 10:57:02
After that much tinkering around inside, maybe you jarred something loose. Try removing and re-seating all cables, cards, and memory. Also, make sure your power supply is powerful enough to power your new video card. Some newer cards have pretty high power requirements.

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#2
June 8, 2009 at 11:04:02
my intel fan one of the clips wont go ion properly could it be something as small as that? and what should i do to fix it and do you suggest taking it to a pro?
cheers

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#3
June 8, 2009 at 11:04:56
oh and the power supply has been running it since its only started this because i installed sims 3 and it kept saying no signal, then i updated my video card driver and this happened

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#4
June 8, 2009 at 11:10:35
If the CPU fan won't clip on properly, it isn't going to cool the CPU properly. And that could definitely cause spontaneous shutdowns. Try replacing the heatsink/fan.

When you turn on the computer, does it beep? How many beeps, and in what order? (e.g., three short one long)


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#5
June 8, 2009 at 11:14:43
it does one beep and then a long ringing noise while its starting up and it's done that since we got it, just thought nothing of it...

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#6
June 8, 2009 at 11:30:05
"my intel fan one of the clips wont go ion properly could it be something as small as that?"

Yep, that's the problem. The heatsink MUST be fully locked down. Did you remove it entirely to clean it? If so, you're going to have to apply fresh thermal compound between the heatsink & CPU. You should NOT reuse the old stuff.


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#7
June 8, 2009 at 11:39:52
yeh i took it all out so i dont even know what a heat sink and cpu is should i just go get it fixed or am i better off just buying new?
Lol i dont know much about computers at all and thanks for all the help by the way

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#8
June 8, 2009 at 12:08:18
CPU = Central Processing Unit. Your's is an Intel but you didn't say if it's a Pentium, Celeron, Core 2 Duo, etc.

The heatsink or heatsink/fan (aka HSF) is the the cooling contraption that clips on top of the CPU. Here's an example of one type. When you removed it, there should have been some short of paste or wax-like material between the top of the CPU & bottom of the HSF. That MUST be completely removed, then replaced with fresh material.

Find your CPU on THIS list & read the instructions.

Radio Shack sells "Heatsink Grease" for $3.


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#9
June 8, 2009 at 12:14:03
ook thanks for your help buddy :)

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#10
June 8, 2009 at 12:25:38
sorry to bother you again but i took that little watch like battery out of the motherboard because my friend told me it resets everything which now i know is a load of bollocks and now when i start it a screen comes up tell me all the info about the comp and to press f1n to continue and del to enter setup but everytime i pressed any it was restarting so ill try again when i get my compound but do you have any suggestions?

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#11
June 8, 2009 at 12:29:52
Your friend is right, pulling the battery does reset everything. Well, it resets the BIOS to its default settings. You need to replace the battery though, or else the BIOS settings will be reset to defaults every time you reboot and you'll get the "press F1 to continue" prompt.

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#12
June 8, 2009 at 15:11:21
There was absolutely no need to remove the battery! You were already told what the problem is - you removed the heatsink to clean it, then didn't reinstall it correctly. The system is going to continually restart until you attach the heatsink properly. And now you added to the problem by pulling the battery.

Once you get the heatsink issue straightened out, you're going to HAVE to press F1 to enter the BIOS setup program, then correct all the settings that you "reset". You'll have to change the date & time, make sure the hard drive & optical drives are properly recognized, adjust the video & memory settings, check the boot order, make sure the onboard devices are still enabled, etc, etc, etc. If the BIOS isn't setup correctly, the system will run like sh!t! The bottomline is removing the battery was a very bad move, especially for someone who admits "I really dont know what im doing". Maybe you can ask the brainiac who suggested pulling the battery to fix the problem?

If you can post your system specs in detail, we *should* be able to get you up & running again. We'd need to know:

- make/model of motherboard (ex: ASUS A7N8X)
- make/model/speed of CPU (ex: Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz)
- type/speed of memory (ex: DDR400)

If you can come up with those 3 items, we should be able to recommend the proper BIOS settings. If you have an OEM system (Acer, Dell, Gateway, HP/Compaq, etc), just post the model number.


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#13
June 8, 2009 at 15:36:32
Ha Ha, Jam, I haven't heard Brainiac used in awhile.

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#14
June 8, 2009 at 15:55:16
"I haven't heard Brainiac used in awhile"

I can't remember the last time I used it either, but I had to come up with a term that wasn't too offensive yet still got my point across.


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#15
June 8, 2009 at 16:21:33

Well, that was a good choice. I guess you could have come up with something worse. I think you made your point.

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#16
June 12, 2009 at 05:39:03
Moterhboard: Foxconn N15235

CPU: Intel pentium Dual Core E5200

Memory: Kingston 1gb DDR ram

Hope thats the right info and sorry it took me a while to reply i was away, thanks for the help


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