Solved Why does my computer take at least 5 or so attempts to start

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December 11, 2013 at 06:22:21
Specs: Windows 7 Home, i7 / 4 GB
Why does my computer take at least 5 or so attempts to start up? Try’s to start then shuts off. This happens more often than not. My theory is that the small fan over the processer may be sticky and if the system detects it is not running then shuts down. What do people think could the problem be the start of something more serious?

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December 12, 2013 at 08:57:47
Something to try once up and running. Download and install HWMonitor. Use it to monitor temperatures and voltages in real time. If your power supply is not up to snuff the voltages may be off. The 3.3v, 5v & +12v should all read within +- 5% of those numbers.

You need to eliminate hardware as the cause. Sounds like your problem is hardware at this time.

You could also try removing the add in graphics card and running off the integrated graphics to determine if graphics is at least part of your problem.

Another possibility is poor RAM connections. Snap each RAM module in and out four or five times to burnish the contacts. You can also run memtest86+ from a boot device to test the RAM.

While you are in the case reseat all cards and cables.

Finally, look for bad capacitors on the motherboard. This is unlikely with a aboard as new as you have but still worth the look. Any bulging or leaking caps can cause the issue you are experiencing.

Of course you must unplug your computer and exercise proper static discharge precautions when working inside the case. See the links below for downloads.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmo...

http://www.memtest.org/



#1
December 11, 2013 at 06:41:52
Provide a model number for your computer or some specs, if custom built.

Your problem could be the CPU fan but could be a number of other items.

When attempting to start the computer do you see any video? If so, how far does the boot process get? Describe what you see.


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December 11, 2013 at 07:01:52
Hi....computer is custom built a few years ago. No video appears on the screen. Does not seem to get that far. Red lights appear on cabinet as usual but then after about 10 to 15 sec goes off. Spec is Intel (R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz 4.00GB Memory. 64 Bit Operating system Windows 7

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#3
December 11, 2013 at 07:55:02
Are you using on board graphics or do you have an add in graphics card?

Can you hear any sounds or beeps when attempting to start?


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#4
December 11, 2013 at 08:11:49
It could be the fans, but it could also be the hard drive, motherboard, memory, power supply, or something external or perhaps something like the graphics card, or BIOS settings.

I would start by backing up data on your hard drive to external media, just in case your hard drive is having issues (otherwise now you've backed up your hard drive, never a bad thing).

If you can, run diagnostics on the system as well. Once you get it started I would also check Event Viewer, that could give you some clues as to where to start.

Have you recently added any hardware to the system?


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#5
December 11, 2013 at 13:49:07
"Spec is Intel (R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz 4.00GB Memory. 64 Bit Operating system Windows 7"

That's not enough detail.


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#6
December 11, 2013 at 20:51:24
You talk about the cpu fan as if you know there's a problem there. If so, just replace it. As already mentioned, the problem may be something else but at least you wouldn't be wondering about the fan.

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#7
December 12, 2013 at 07:47:56
No sounds or beeps when starting up.
Have had NO trouble with any fans in the past it was only and idea.
Added graphics card to mother board when first built.......NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
I always back up my drives regularly. I have 3 drives. 1=100GB 2=400GB 3=1TB
Nothing added since building comp few years ago. Just reg updates from Norton and Microsoft.
How do you run diagnostics/Event Viewer on the system once up and running?

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December 12, 2013 at 08:57:47
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Something to try once up and running. Download and install HWMonitor. Use it to monitor temperatures and voltages in real time. If your power supply is not up to snuff the voltages may be off. The 3.3v, 5v & +12v should all read within +- 5% of those numbers.

You need to eliminate hardware as the cause. Sounds like your problem is hardware at this time.

You could also try removing the add in graphics card and running off the integrated graphics to determine if graphics is at least part of your problem.

Another possibility is poor RAM connections. Snap each RAM module in and out four or five times to burnish the contacts. You can also run memtest86+ from a boot device to test the RAM.

While you are in the case reseat all cards and cables.

Finally, look for bad capacitors on the motherboard. This is unlikely with a aboard as new as you have but still worth the look. Any bulging or leaking caps can cause the issue you are experiencing.

Of course you must unplug your computer and exercise proper static discharge precautions when working inside the case. See the links below for downloads.

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmo...

http://www.memtest.org/


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#9
February 8, 2014 at 13:50:34
obviously old and lazy lol (the computer) :)

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