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Computer Crashed, Won't Boot

by ComptrLiterate / October 29, 2013 9:28 AM PDT

So, I built this computer ages ago and probably can't tell you what's in it. I know ATI at the time (though I didn't know when building it) was prone to crashing when a game alters the resolution (goes into full screen mode).

The other night I was trying to start the game Outlast, but I couldn't get the damn thing out of full screen mode. My computer crashed twice, going to blue screen and performing a "physical memory dump". However, after the 3rd time my computer stops booting. The blue screen memory dump did not occur though I could hear the games ambiance still playing on the frozen screen.

I turn my power off to restart it manually, but when I do the power turns on but the computer doesn't boot and I can't hear a bios beep. Just lights and fans.

I've tried leaving it off for a while, unplugging it for a bit, and have checked/switched the ram around, all of which I've read on the net, but nothing has helped. Anyone here experience this kind of ATI crash?

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Given the machine details so far.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2013 9:38 AM PDT

Maybe a little machine detail will help but without detail all I can offer is the common issues of overtaxed power supplies which I run into too often. After that, are bad Windows installs. No maker seems to give the owners an install plan.
Bob

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From what I know...
by ComptrLiterate / October 29, 2013 12:41 PM PDT

The OS is Windows Vista. I'm no tech savy, at least not anymore, but I don't think this is a power supply issue given the cause of the crash being something unfortunately expected with an older ATI model. Can handle the most demanding graphical games even today with some tweaking, but folds like paper when the damn games defaulted to Full Screen mode. Reason I wound up crashing 3 times is because I had to go into the notepad game settings and hope I can find something I could change to "Fullscreen::False".

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Maybe...
by ComptrLiterate / October 29, 2013 12:48 PM PDT
In reply to: From what I know...

Well... Unless turning the computer off and on caused an issue with the power supply. Hmm. :/

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Clocks'a turnin'
by ComptrLiterate / October 29, 2013 12:54 PM PDT
In reply to: Maybe...

The fans and lights come on, it just doesn't go into the booting phase.

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(NT) Have you tried booting to Safe Mode or Command Prompt?
by wpgwpg / October 29, 2013 12:57 PM PDT
In reply to: Clocks'a turnin'
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OK, let's go with that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2013 2:46 PM PDT
In reply to: From what I know...

My old ATI 1300 died and did what you note above. Can you give more details?

If not, folk might just answer to take it in for repair or replace.
Bob

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To hell with it...
by ComptrLiterate / October 30, 2013 7:42 AM PDT

Tried several methods I found on the net, most recently taking out and reapplying the CMOS battery. Nothing. With this computer being pretty old now, about 8 years, I should probably just get a new one. Anybody know a good gaming computer built specifically for gaming? Don't wanna pay a small fortune for a bunch of office crap ill never use. Following a guide online I was able to build this one with Neweggs help, but the biggest problem with custom built computers is the limited tech support. :/

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Boot.
by ComptrLiterate / October 30, 2013 7:44 AM PDT
In reply to: To hell with it...

Also, I can't make a boot disk or USB with only my phone. Would have to go somewhere to get that. Any suggestions?

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Have you ever
by itsdigger / October 30, 2013 7:50 AM PDT
In reply to: To hell with it...

given this computer a good cleaning, using canned air and replaced all if the heat sink compound ? Also to rule out anthing mechanical you can run a live cd . If it doesn't act up it's probably the OS...Just a thought ...Digger

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Do you have a budget in mind?
by Warsam71 / October 30, 2013 9:02 AM PDT
In reply to: To hell with it...
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Does your computer have an OS?
by wpgwpg / October 29, 2013 9:48 AM PDT

I'm afraid my dog broke my crystal ball.

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Sounds like a bad CPU fan
by RobertOgre / October 30, 2013 11:42 PM PDT

I've had computers before, that would restart and revert to BSOD. (Do you have dump logs btw?)
It would start by them restarting after something would tax on the CPU a bit. Eventually it would get to the point where fans would run, lights would come on but the monitor would stay off and it wouldn't boot up. In all 3 of those scenarios for me, upon inspecting the dump logs it was certain it was the CPU fan that failed.

Typically, if your computer boots up before crashing again keep watching the BIOS screen, I've had vista machine's tell me with a quick flash of the BIOS screen that the fan has failed but you may not be so lucky to catch it.

watch your task manager for CPU spikes. This is a big indicator to. If your CPU is failing typically you can have no processes running and your CPU will spike up and down for unapparent reasons.

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