PC stops immediately after displaying Windows loading

April 3, 2014 at 08:45:31
Specs: Windows Vista, Athlon 2GB
I've searched for similar problems, but most indicate the problem started after something happened (power outage) or changing a component.

The last time I used my desktop PC, it worked fine. But I only unpack it and turn it on to update Windows Vista and Norton 360 - which was several months ago.
On a daily basis I use a notebook.

It seems to get through POST, but immediately after
windows ........................
is displayed, it stops - just like hitting the power button.

It's an old PC, but I like having a backup and I'm not a gamer - so I don't need newer/faster.

Suspect either the hard drive or the power supply. Would like educated guesses.

Thanks in advance!
Bob


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#1
April 3, 2014 at 10:39:57
"Suspect either the hard drive or the power supply"

I doubt it's either. How long did you let it sit at the Windows screen?


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#2
April 3, 2014 at 11:31:52
If the PC was moved around you may have dislodged a card or wiring.

Are you comfortable going inside the case?

Try booting into Windows Safe Mode by tapping F8 continuously at start up.


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#3
April 3, 2014 at 17:33:11
If you going to check connections inside then also clean the RAM edge connectors with a soft pencil eraser and pop them in and out to clean any oxide of the sockets themselves. This is a common reason for computer issues after lack of use followed by some movement.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
April 3, 2014 at 18:41:46
After windows starts loading and ". . .it stops - just like hitting the power button" does that mean it freezes on the windows loading screen or does it mean it dies like it lost all power?


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#5
April 3, 2014 at 20:42:39
It shuts itself off while Windows is loading

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#6
April 3, 2014 at 20:43:22
It doesn't get far enough for the safe mode option

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#7
April 3, 2014 at 20:44:49
Removed cards, cleaned edges, reseated.

Also tried each of the two memory sticks individually.

And replaced the CMOS battery because the system date was 2006.


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#8
April 4, 2014 at 11:41:26
Not hopeful but as it is easy to try:
Disconnect from domestic power, hold power off/on button for about 20 seconds. This sometimes helps if things get stuck.

Otherwise it could be any number of things but I would put PSU near the top of the pile.

I've assumed vents, fans, CPU heat-sink are all clear of dust.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
April 4, 2014 at 15:22:43
You initially mentioned it might be the hard drive. That doesn't seem too likely but it's easy enough to check. Just temporarily disconnect it and then start up the computer and see if it still shuts off. Some other things to check:

1) If the PSU has a 115/230 voltage switch make sure it's in the correct position. DON'T GUESS and if it needs to be changed, do so only with the power cord removed.

2) With the power cord removed, temporarily disconnect all the drives and remove all unnecessary cards. Then plug it back in and see how it acts. If it seems normal then one of the removed items must be at fault. Well, either that or the PSU is weak and not able to support all the hardware.

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