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computer won't restart? help?

by yook / December 16, 2003 3:13 PM PST

Hi. I have a weird computer problem that I haven't been able to find support for anywhere, and I have absolutely no clue what is going on.

Here's the deal. Whenever I turn off my computer, whether it's been running for an hour, or 2 weeks, it won't turn back on right away. Usually it'll turn back on after an hour or so, but lately it has been taking longer and longer. Today it took like 3 hours and I'm fed up. What is going on??

Here's what happens when I try to turn it on. The fans spin and the power light comes on. I hear some clicks, and what sounds like the hard drive spinning for 1 second. That's about it.

I've ruled out the power supply and anything else really serious, cuz when it does finally boot after a couple hours, everything works absolutely fine. At first I thought it might have something to do with it overheating, and needing to cool down, and I guess that would make the most sense, but why specifically would that cause this problem?

Does anyone have any ideas at all? I'm pretty desperate. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

My computer is a:
HP Pavilion 7960
Intel Pentium 1.3 GHz
Intel 850 Chipset
ASUS mobo
GeForce FX 5200

if any of that helps somehow.

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Re:computer won't restart? help?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 16, 2003 8:21 PM PST

"I've ruled out the power supply and anything else really serious, cuz when it does finally boot after a couple hours, everything works absolutely fine."

How did you do that? I only rule out a part when I change it out with newer or better and it didn't fix it.

Look at this epidemic problem ->

That issue will cause your symptoms and the fix is to replace the capacitors (rarely done) or to change out the motherboard.

The cheap item to change out is the CMOS or BIOS battery. Rare, but since it's cheap, it's changed out first.


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Question the Power Supply
by nworley / December 17, 2003 6:17 AM PST

Many of the computer suppliers build boxes with just an adequate power supply for the installed components. as the power supply output decays over time (heat resistors, etc.) the power supply is not strong enough to supply the starting voltages,and amperage required. It takes a lot more juice to start something than to keep it running. If you by chance get the box to boot up then it will continue to run because the demand on the power supply is reduced. If you have added a different hard drive or an additional drive of some sort, or a video board, or the power supply is clogged with dust, then you have changed the parameters enough to cause a marginal supply to fail often. The cheapest thing to do is try another supply.


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Re:Question the Power Supply
by Homegrown / December 17, 2003 2:11 PM PST

Have you tried booting from a floppy disk. If your hard drive has an intermittent problem it might cause the sort of trouble you are having. I have expereienced a similar problem with a failing hard drive, when starting cold or when restarting after the power saver shuts down the drive. If your machine boots OK from a floppy or CD disk then your power supply is probably OK. Another trick you might try is unplugging your computer and waiting for 60 seconds then plug it in and try starting it.

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