power outages; won't load windows!

March 4, 2009 at 11:29:58
Specs: Windows XP
I've suffered from about 5-6 power outages (commonplace in my neighborhood). Symptoms: First time - keeps booting to blue screen after windows logo. After some "warmup" of being powered on for a while, I can reboot it to windows succesfully. Been using it like this for a while. - Third to fifth power outage: reboots to an empty desktop. By using ctrl+alt+del, I have been successfully operating programs via run command. - Sixth power outage - boots to black screen (black screen right after windows logo). Bios still boots fine, just dies to black screen after windows logo loads up. * after reading your posts, I'm afraid i kept a bad PS for too long and might have ruined my motherboard or something else that is crucial. I am going to go buy a new PS today, but wondering... From these symtoms, do you think I should also consider replacing my hard drive? Possibly motherboard and chip/ram as well??? The fact that bios loads but windows does not makes me feel the harddrive might have been fried as well. Your recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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March 4, 2009 at 12:05:19
My advice would be to get a good Uninterruptible Power Supply.

My 'feeling' is that your Operating System might have been corrupted and your hardware is ok. A 'Repair Install' is probably worth a try.

How to do a repair install:

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March 4, 2009 at 12:13:25
I agree with #1. If the symptoms still show after a repair install then think about replacing the PSU (power supply). If it comes to that be sure not to skimp on the PSU. That is arguably the most important hardware in the system. If you are unsure what to buy come back for advice.

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March 4, 2009 at 12:22:53
Thanks for the info.

I have reinstalled windows XP after every single power outage in hopes that it might repair any corrupted data or faulty OS. However, the boot problems persist after install, which makes me believe it is a hardware problem. (even after fresh install; booted to empty desktop before)

So I guess at this point, I am picking apart the order of hardware to replace so I don't waste too much money. =P
1) power supply (most likely suspect)
2) hard drive ?
3) consider motherboard, ram, chipset (pretty much building a new computer T_T)

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March 4, 2009 at 12:26:57
Then your PSU may have been damaged. You can boot to the BIOS (setup) and view PC Health to see if any of the voltages are way off.

Readings within acceptable (+-5% IMO) are not definative proof the PSU is OK.

However, Readings that are off by 10% may surely indicate a failing PSU.

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March 5, 2009 at 11:22:12
Just a small update:

The problem was a combination of dying PSU + corrupted data on the hard drive (probably reinstalls were not working because of bad PSU not supplying consistent power). A new power source + another fresh re-install solved the problem. Thanks for the help!

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March 5, 2009 at 15:43:23
OK, thanks for getting back to us.

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