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computer won't boot until you hit reset button

by zar / November 22, 2003 1:01 PM PST

my computer had been working fine until this morning. when i hit the power button, the computer's power would be on but the computer would not boot--and there is nothing on the monitor. the computer would boot up normally only after i hit the reset button. there is no problem restarting or shutting down once it is started. DO I NEED A NEW POWER SUPPLY OR ANYTHING? and i have checked inside the box and found nothing loose there. still clueless. tia.

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Re:computer won't boot until you hit reset button
by Michael Geist / November 22, 2003 9:11 PM PST

A flaky power supply would be the first place I would look to. How old a machine?

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Re:computer won't boot until you hit reset button. Usually not the OS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 22, 2003 10:24 PM PST

There is a rare issue with 2000 when one reboots on a dual-OS from 98 to 2000 (or was it 2000 to 98?), but your post is not about that. In fact another missing item is that if I read your post, this happened once. "this morning"...

If this is a rare occasion, then don't fix it.

If it does it everytime, you may not want to fix it due to the time and expense to find the bad part. It's most likely to be the motherboard, but you start with the cheaper power supply (make it a whopper!)

In closing, what will annoy everyone is that you can't tell which part it is until you change it and the issue vanishes.

I'd not fix this today.


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Just an Idea. - Power Management

Could this be related to Power Management? Check the Power Management settings in the control panel. Try turning off suspend or hibernate or both and see if you problem still occurs.


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Re:Just an Idea. - Power Management. Since the machine has not booted.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 23, 2003 2:24 AM PST

It's unlikely that this is it. So unlikely that I'll advise to NOT do this.


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Re:Re:Just an Idea. - Power Management. Since the machine has not booted.
by zar / November 23, 2003 6:24 AM PST

thanks friends. it's maybe the flaky power supply or the motherboard. the machine is three year old, built of best parts at the time. and it has had no hardware issues until this one--out of blue. my solution and also nonsolution is start the computer by pressing both power and reset at once. this works every time so far, though quite annoying when you think you knew everyting about your own computer.

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Eyeball those motherboard capacitors.....

for leaks or bulging sides. This is a noted defect which can cause those same issues.

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Re:Eyeball those motherboard capacitors.....
by zar / November 23, 2003 8:57 AM PST

thanks; this is eye-opening. but can you repair or do anything to defective capacitors?

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motherboard capacitors are replaceable, but ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 23, 2003 9:42 AM PST

Unless you are skilled at this, a new board is how its done technician time far exceeds the cost of the board.

Just FYI, was a source I used.


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My computer wont turn on
by illwill614 / May 2, 2009 7:17 AM PDT

I upgraded my memory and than when i went to turn the computer back on everything else turned on except the monitor. The monitor dose work

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by nonorizos / June 7, 2009 2:04 AM PDT

I think you shouls check the power management settings...did you try to do it??

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