Laptop boots on 2nd attempt only.

February 13, 2012 at 17:58:29
Specs: Windows XP
HP nc6400 boots on second attempt only. First attempt lites on button and fan but not screen. I turn it off and second attempt boots up computer. Normal or trouble brewing? thanks

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#1
February 14, 2012 at 03:41:50
Certainly not normal but as to what's causing it at this stage is impossible to say.
Usual suspects are the RAM and the hard drive, so test both:

RAM test: http://www.memtest.org/

Hard drive test, use the drive maker's diagnostic software. Links are here:
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm...


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#2
February 14, 2012 at 16:23:46
Pip 22,
Thanks, I'll try both of these.

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