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problem with system power up

by Olga_Vernon / October 9, 2009 8:16 PM PDT

My computer is driving me crazy! Sometimes, when I turn it on, it boots up immediately. But other times, the hard disk diode just stays lit and does not start the Windows (XP). It takes several restart button actions to boot up. I reinstalled Windows and all the drivers but it just feels like it may be a mechanical problem and not the software? Please help!

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Bad caps is not mechanical but chemical.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 9, 2009 10:21 PM PDT

If you type BAD CAPS at google.com you find the pictures, the story about a theft gone wrong for the chemical formula for electrolytic capacitors. DO THIS INSPECTION NOW since your story while short is typical of BAD CAPS.
Bob

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power up problems
by Olga_Vernon / October 23, 2009 9:30 PM PDT

This is embarrassing, but for the sake of everyone else experiencing the same problem I just have to take my shame and explain. The problem of my power up dilemma was not the bad caps, or the motherboard, or the graphic card, it was simply that my monitor was going bad and before it finally died, it experienced some on and off moments. I should have looked there first but instead it took endless hours of diagnostic procedures to get there. Yeah, I plea a bimbo blond on this one!

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Glad you got it sorted, and
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 23, 2009 9:39 PM PDT
In reply to: power up problems

no need to be embarrassed.

Such hardware failures are often difficult to diagnose, in particular when they are 'intermittent' and have not yet failed completely.

Vehicle mechanics hate intermittent faults. I can't count how may times I have taken a car to a garage mechanic and said something like, 'it cuts out, intermittently'. You can see the mechanics groan, because the fault will not repeat itself when they try it.

Mark

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Small world
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 24, 2009 12:37 AM PDT
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The bad caps issue has spread to monitors too. Here's some links about it. -> http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=LCD+BAD+CAPS

People are seeing this and while CRT repairs are dangerous and never something your average solder iron owner should attempt, the LCD displays are worth a look.

We also have a 1,000 plus post about a certain HP LCD display that is just too easy to fix by reflowing 2 or 4 solder joints.
Bob

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power up problems
by Olga_Vernon / October 24, 2009 3:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Small world

Thank you all for your help, will search for the obvious first next time.

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Not at all obvious
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 24, 2009 8:11 AM PDT
In reply to: power up problems

Unless you are in the biz or industry. I can't write what I think about this issue. The industry has escaped making good on this one.
Bob

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