comp. won't start

October 24, 2009 at 21:36:25
Specs: Windows XP
Good morning. I have a problem maybe someone can help me with. So bought this emachine a couple months ago out of a pawn shop. Cleaned it up, added 2 gig ram and everything has been all peachy keen for a couple months. I had it set in the power save modes to shut off the monitor and the hard drive at about 2 hours. At one hour the the screen saver would come on. Actually the system would hybernate. But starting about 2 weeks ago. I would come to the comp. after coming home from work and it wouldn't come out of power save. It used to just fine. I would have to shut off the computer manually and restart. So, gradually things have progressed from here. When I reboot, the comp. starts running, high speed, not sure what it is I'm hearing but its loud. Sounds like a fan. The cd module runs through its checks and such, but the monitor comes on for a sec. then goes into power save mode. (amber light). the comp. just runs continuously. I have to keep hard rebooting it over and over and finally it will catch and start normally. So I turned off all the powersave options except the screen saver and I've had no issues since I just leave it on all the time.
Tonight, I did some updates and had to reboot, and of course it won't reboot. So I turned it off and walked away and went to watch some tv.
I used to have an old computer that was doing the same thing. I took it over to circuit city and the guy told me I had some settings wrong and he reset them and it worked fine after that. But I don't know what he did. It wasn't a power supply problem( someone told me it was, and wasted 50 bucks on a new power supply). Apparently it was strictly a software issue.
So if anyone has any ideas whats going on here, I would greatly appreciate it. T^hanks. Mitch

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#1
October 24, 2009 at 22:00:16
have you checked cmos settings? (F1 at some point during boot seq i think, someone will tell you). also, booting in
safe-mode and/or.. (F8 options). I would check cmos
and try safe-mode first. But, since the problem seems to be
progressing and not stable (absent any user-alterations
to computer), suggests to me a hardware
degrade taking place, something overheating, etc.
ps: i know this sounds stupid, but the only "very loud" sound i ever hear, besides a fan that needs oil, is the cd drive.

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#2
October 24, 2009 at 22:49:54
its not the cd drive. Its a fan. and it's not a loud sound as in going bad, but running very fast. Maybe it's the hard drive spinning or whatever it does? I have made no changes to this comp. other than adding removing programs, turning on power save options, etc. No settings changes, no messing with stuff I shouldn't.

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#3
October 25, 2009 at 20:48:11
I can't use safemode. When I hit start button, it just tries to boot. It won't recognize the keyboard, mouse or monitor, so right now I can't do anything. I even tried starting with the recovery cd installed. The mother board fan is what I'm hearing so loud. Getting very frustrated.

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#4
October 28, 2009 at 03:36:39
I took it in to a shop and the motherboard is bad. So I'm just gonna buy a new(used) computer and swap over my hard drive. Thanks for the help

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