PSU or Motherboard or RAM or Harddrve prblem?

February 9, 2011 at 03:52:15
Specs: Windows XP
I'm having a problem on turning on the pc.

Problem:
1. When I turn on, nothing happens (but the fan is working)
2. Strange noise like "gsshhh" "gssshhh"
3. While using pc, it freezes or it will shut down by itself
4.Sometimes It says "NTLDR is missing"
5. Sometimes it says "Disk boot error blah blah"

I'm flat broke. I can only buy PSU. T_T


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#1
February 9, 2011 at 05:15:47
So if nothing happens when you turn on the PC how are you able to use it?

Have you opened the case and looked at anything? Your description could indicate a number of possible causes.

Failing power supply
Failing hard drive
Corrupt Windows installation (this issue is likely to exist but is probably caused by repeated boot failures)
Hardware and fans full of dust/ dirt, causing overheating.

Solution to the fourth cause is to blow out everything using canned or compressed air. Be sure to blow out the power supply from both ends too. DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner. You can kill your system from static discharge.

Another thing you can do that cost nothing is to re-seat all cards, RAM and cabling, one by one. Snap the RAM in and out 4 or 5 times each to burnish the contacts. Be sure to fully seat the RAM and expansion cards, if any are present.


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#2
February 10, 2011 at 00:02:30
It's working. It's takes a lot of time to turn on the PC. Should restart the pc many times

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#3
February 10, 2011 at 03:48:45
When you registered here the site suggested you scan your system. Without knowing anything about it we can only guess at what the most likely cause is.

Why haven't you used that scan tool?


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#4
February 10, 2011 at 05:45:28
Manufacturer: Viak8m
Model: Awrdacpi
OS: Windows XP
CPU/Ram: 1.399 GHz / 1022 MB
Video Card: RADEON 7000 SERIES
Sound Card: Realtek AC'97 Audio for VIA (R) Audio Controller

Should I buy a new PSU?


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#5
February 10, 2011 at 07:14:59
When the computer fails to boot what messages, if any do you see on the screen?

The power supply might be the problem but I would recommend you try the other free things I mentioned above first.

If you buy a new power supply I recommend you not buy junk. Are you located in the USA or Canada?


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#6
February 10, 2011 at 07:31:45
I would bet next months pension it is a hard disk failure. Try booting from a bootable CD. If that goes well then it is a good pointer to the hard disk.

Go to the hard disk manufacture website and download their diagnostic software. You will need to run that from a CD. That will give you the definitive answer in relation to the hard disk,

But as OtheHill suggests, diagnose the problem first and don't go rushing out and buying stuff that might not solve the problem. There is not that much difference between the price of a decent PSU and an 80Gb hard disk.

Stuart


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#7
February 10, 2011 at 10:42:27
if you could dowload this and create a bootalbe cd
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06447

disconnect the HD, and boot from the cd, post back results.

larry


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#8
February 11, 2011 at 02:36:23
Whenever I turn on the PC, it's always a black screen. So I have to restart it many times until it works.

My HD is 5 years old.

I live in the Philippines.


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#9
February 11, 2011 at 06:54:26
Did you try the following as suggested in #1 above?

"Another thing you can do that cost nothing is to re-seat all cards, RAM and cabling, one by one. Snap the RAM in and out 4 or 5 times each to burnish the contacts. Be sure to fully seat the RAM and expansion cards, if any are present".


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#10
February 11, 2011 at 17:55:05
Already did that.
Maybe my problem is HD or power supply.

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