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03-05-2008 05:07 PM
jemplayer55
Re: For the computer guys

That's what I was wondering..... maybe picked up a bug or trojan from some unscupulous site or e-mail.
03-05-2008 04:39 PM
Davey
Re: For the computer guys



To be honest, it's the first question any respectable tech should ask when troubleshooting
03-05-2008 04:17 PM
ScottB
Re: For the computer guys

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ibanez249 View Post
What was the last thing you did with the machine before it started acting that way?
Here's where Ant1981 posts: "Downloading some porn on Limewire".

03-05-2008 03:00 PM
Ibateur
Re: For the computer guys

If it says "overclocking failed" then it is possible that someone, or something, possibly by mistake changed any of the below
1) bus speed (800 vs 801 mhz, as an example)
2) voltages are not default or are fluctuating (i.e. bad power supply or insufficient power) for cpu or memory
3) or cpu speed (don't know if your motherboard has that) has been changed even minimally

Other than that, I would unplug one or a couple of devices (dvd drive, for example) and boot up again, see if it happens again.

If it is an old pc, start making backups of important files.

Personal guess is that your power supply is starting to die.
03-05-2008 02:57 PM
bammbamm
Re: For the computer guys

It could be an intermittent issue with the power supply.
03-05-2008 02:55 PM
Rotti
Re: For the computer guys

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ant1981 View Post
Well, after a while, it'll boot up.
Once your in windows....

1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.

2. Click the Advanced tab.

3. Under Startup and Recovery, click Settings to open the Startup and Recovery dialog box.

4. Clear the Automatically restart check box, and click OK the necessary number of times.

5. Restart your computer for the settings to take effect

Might not help but it's worth a shot.
03-05-2008 02:31 PM
rty13ibz98
Re: For the computer guys

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Originally Posted by Ant1981 View Post
Well, after a while, it'll boot up.
sounds like the hard drive is going out. clear the cmos and start backing it up. then reformat and see if windows can format it. if not, time for a new hard drive.

rich
03-05-2008 02:23 PM
Davey
Re: For the computer guys

What was the last thing you did with the machine before it started acting that way?
03-05-2008 02:03 PM
Ant1981
Re: For the computer guys

Well, after a while, it'll boot up.
03-05-2008 01:36 PM
shogun
Re: For the computer guys

it could be many things.. but an easy check would be to test the power supply or swap the ram.. worst scenario, ur motherboard is messed. ive had this happen before.. when you try to boot the computer, does it make it far enough for you to hear a single beep?
03-05-2008 11:48 AM
jb4674
Re: For the computer guys

What kind of pc is it? Meaning, is it off the shelf or did you build it yourself? If this is an off the shelf box, look for a bios update. Generally, when a manufacturer detects an issue with the bios, an update is put in place to remedy the problem.


Jimmy
03-05-2008 11:46 AM
jemplayer55
Re: For the computer guys

Quote:
Originally Posted by bammbamm View Post
Now comes the part where some goof posts about his MAC wouldn't ever have that problem...
*waiting*
Should have bought a MAC!?

Anyway, Couldn't this be caused by other things besides BIOS/CMOS or hardware issues?
03-05-2008 11:38 AM
bammbamm
Re: For the computer guys

Now comes the part where some goof posts about his MAC wouldn't ever have that problem...
*waiting*
03-05-2008 11:27 AM
jemsite
Re: For the computer guys

yup, after resetting the Bios (in theory this should not help if you didn't make a change but do it anyways).

you gotta pull all cards/ram and eliminate one-by-one the problem hardware. even the drive controller (integrated on the MOBO) can cause this... real hassle... glen
03-05-2008 11:21 AM
Dee
Re: For the computer guys

Could be many different reasons why this is happening. A bad stick of memory could cause this. Did you try removing all RAM except one stick? Try that, test it, then try the other/s.

Finding the cause of a problem like this is a process of elimination. Clearing CMOS and checking each stick of RAM are the first things to try. If you have a manual for your motherboard, look in there and it should tell you which pins you need to put the jumper on to clear CMOS. Leave the battery out for at least a few minutes. And do all this with the power switched off at the mains, but before you mess with the motherboard, press the power switch on the front of your PC a few times to ensure any remaining power is discharged. When you start the PC again, the BIOS should be at their default settings.
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