Pc doesn't boot first try. boots second

August 21, 2011 at 17:32:15
Specs: Windows XP
first power-up after nightly shut-down and fans race, monitor stays black, doesn't boot. power-off, restart and all is fine

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August 22, 2011 at 08:00:34
Try snapping all the RAM in and out a few time each to burnish the contacts. If a desktop, also try re-seating the cards and cables.

Perform these actions with the AC power disconnected and if a portable, the battery removed.

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August 23, 2011 at 09:59:35
Thank you for the tips OtheHill, but what I did was check my 'events happenings' (control panel/administration tools) and found an error happening with my ati2mtag.exe (I'm on a HP/AMD). Went to AMD site and ran auto check driver. It came back with an upgrade (from the 6.x.x.x. to 10.2 driver) and the download. I downloaded/installed/restarted and today, on a cold start, it booted normal.

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August 23, 2011 at 13:25:00
Glad you found the problem. Thanks for getting back here.

FYI, drivers do not come into play until Windows starts. The BIOS has basic drivers to display VGA mode.

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August 23, 2011 at 20:35:34
In that case then re-seating the RAM and double checking (push & pull) the other components worked. I did open the case and do a careful vacuuming of some build-up about three weeks ago (though boot-up problem only started a couple of days ago).
In any event thank you for being there.

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August 23, 2011 at 21:27:50
Never use a vacuum cleaner on a computer. If you didn't damage anything with electro static discharge you were lucky. Unfortunately, even when there is no apparent damage components can be weakened and may fail at a later date.

Use canned or compressed air to remove the dust/dirt. Be sure the AC power is disconnected and the power battery in a laptop is also removed. That works better than a vacuum anyway.

Desktop computers have an internal power supply that can't be cleaned with a vacuum anyway. Blow out the power supply from both ends. DO NOT disassemble the power supply. That is dangerous.

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