Won't boot after power outage

February 22, 2009 at 11:16:30
Specs: Windows XP
I was replacing an outlet and accidentally turned off the wrong breaker briefly while trying to find the right one. When I did that the tower computer turned off. I have my own home network - tower computer I use as a server and printer connected to it, with a wifi to my laptop which I use for everything.

The tower is in an unheated bedroom which is pretty chilly (about 52 degrees) but I doubt it's cold enough to cause a problem.

Anyway, I wanted to print and discovered that the network wasn't seeing the tower computer. I went up and tried to boot up the tower. The power comes on, the optical drives blink and spin, but by the time the logo flashes on my monitor, I can hear the whine of the fans already beginning to wind down. All I get is the maker's logo on my screen with the <F2 for Bios> message (which does not work). I tried putting a bootable disk in the optical drives. No luck. I repeated the process a number of times. I have had this happen before and it eventually booted, but doesn't seem to be doing so now. Any suggestions?

I don't remember whether I'm running XP Home or XP Pro on that machine. I'm lost without it. Please help.

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February 22, 2009 at 15:27:12
Get some heat in the room and let the PC sit (with power supplied) for a while to warm up. Then try again. You could also use your wifes hair blower to warm it up.

All materials shrink when cool, and that can open up flaky connections.

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February 22, 2009 at 20:41:46
Hahahaha... Gee, I'm afraid I don't have a wife. (Same-sex marriage isn't legal in MI) I DO, however, have a blow dryer and will give that a try. The tower has power to it but goes into a rest state when it won't boot. When at rest, I don't think the hard drive spins, and that seems to be part of my problem.

Thanks for the suggestions! :-)

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February 22, 2009 at 21:24:06
Oops, I apologize! I should know better than to ass u me that it was a male reporting the problem. Pretty stupid of me!! :-)

If warming it up doesn't help try reseating the motherboard power connector. Also, don't assume the power supply is ok just because you see some signs of power being supplied. The power supply has to supply several voltages, and just one being missing or out of tolerance can cause the symptoms that you have described.

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