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Just had a power outage, any advice on how to check for damages?

Q: Just had a power outage, any advice on how to check for damages?

Apparently I fell asleep in front of my computer around 1 am (<.<) and when I woke up around 3 or 4 am, the power was out. I turned off the switch on my psu and just went to bed.

I just got up now and saw the electricity was back, so I turned on my PC. It said windows was not shut down properly, so I just went about starting Windows normally and didn't receive any errors afterwards. I restarted it a couple times, then powered down completely, turned off the switch again, and then discharged the motherboard's capacitors.

My question, I know power outages can be pretty damaging. Do you have a checklist of things I should check for, in terms of damages?

When I fell asleep in front of the comp, the only program running on the computer was an instant messaging app, so I'm pretty sure the HDD should be fine, but I will be running Drive Fitness Test/Western Digital Lifeguard, but I'd really like to know if I should run any other tests or procedures to see if any component (from the psu to the cpu) was damaged in any way.

Any tips are appreciated

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Preferred Solution: Just had a power outage, any advice on how to check for damages?

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A: Just had a power outage, any advice on how to check for damages?

closing thread, please do not create duplicates.

respond at http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/949071-power-outage-what-components-should.html

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Just got power on, when somebody looks at the log please give me the good, bad, or boring news, thank you.

Heres the log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:44:10 AM, on 1/10/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16575)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\AntiVirus 2007\tavui.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\hp\support\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\On-Screen OSD Indicator\OSD.exe
C:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Zune\ZuneLauncher.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeperUI.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Kodak\Kodak EasyShare software\bin\EasyShare.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exe
C:\hp\kbd\kbd.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEUser.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WLLoginProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\AntiVirus 2007\TAVScan.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

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A:Little check-up after power outage (HJT LOG Included)

Alright some more paranoia of what I have seen through the history of others using this computer drag me to post yet another Hijack This Log, I know by now people must be getting sick of it, but so am I, so after this Log I will do something to try and reduce the amount of check-ups I give you guys, I apologize for any thing my paranoia is getting in the way of. Heres the log:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:07:19 PM, on 1/11/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16575)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\AntiVirus 2007\tavui.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\hp\support\hpsysdrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\On-Screen OSD Indicator\OSD.exe
C:\Windows\RtHDVCpl.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Zune\ZuneLauncher.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeperUI.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpnscfg.exe
C:\Program Files\Kodak\Kodak EasyShare software\bin\EasyShare.exe
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
C:\Windows\ehome\ehmsas.exe
C:\Windows\system32\wbem\unsecapp.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\ieuser.exe
C:\hp\kbd\kbd.exe
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Plz forgive me if this isn't the right forum to post this question.Its both a hardware and software query..

I recently re-verified the Novice part in my name wherein I accidentally flipped a switch that controlled the outlet that my power strip was on.. and made an ever dumber mistake by quickly flipping the same switch back "on."

My desktop is connected to a power strip, a pretty old one, that's suppose to act as surge protection.

I tried to start the desktop back up, but it was clear that the while the PSU was fine, the hard drive and the Mobo seemed to be experiencing difficulties. The screen was just blank with little to no indication of life. I manually turned off the desktop and restarted it twice in the same fashion. When nothing came up, I turned off the PSU to dissipate any remaining charges.

After turning the PSU again, the mobo (asus) finally reappeared and everything loaded, including the OS (XP Pro). Firefox reloaded everything from cache, so apparently nothing (software wise) seemed askew. I did notice the Quick Launch bar was missing, so I'm guessing my windows profile might have been affected slightly..

My question - aside from Window's HD error check (full 5 out of 5, the type that runs before the OS loaded) what other check-ups should I do to test if my desktop was damaged by my accidental self inflicted power outage?

Any hardware checks? Software-wise? OS-wise?

p.s. if it makes any difference, my PSU is a thermaltake W01... Read more

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Hey,

Apparently I fell asleep in front of my computer around 1 am (<.<) and when I woke up around 3 or 4 am, the power was out. I turned off the switch on my psu and just went to bed.

I just got up now and saw the electricity was back, so I turned on my PC. It said windows was not shut down properly, so I just went about starting Windows normally and didn't receive any errors afterwards. I restarted it a couple times, then powered down completely, turned off the switch again, and then discharged the motherboard's capacitors.

My question, I know power outages can be pretty damaging. Do you have a checklist of things I should check for, in terms of damages?

When I fell asleep in front of the comp, the only program running on the computer was an instant messaging app, so I'm pretty sure the HDD should be fine, but I will be running Drive Fitness Test/Western Digital Lifeguard, but I'd really like to know if I should run any other tests or procedures to see if any component (from the psu to the cpu) was damaged in any way.

Any tips are appreciated
 

A:Power Outage, What Components Should I Check?

If it boots up fine when you turn the machine on then you may have been lucky and no damage has been caused. The most obvious cause of damage after a power surge would be the machine not booting, or creating errors and crashing.
 

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I was running disk check for Windows 7, and the power cutout due to a neighborhood issue....
I am curious if this is going to mess up my system or not??
Please respond with helpful, adult replies, and thanks in advance!!

A:Power Outage during disk check??

It shouldn't, Does your computer start back up? Have you tried running diskchk again?
SSD or HDD?
More info would help a great deal.

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I was running disk check for Windows 7, and the power cutout due to a neighborhood issue....
I am curious if this is going to mess up my system or not??
Please respond with helpful, adult replies, and thanks in advance!!

A:Power Outage during disk check??

It shouldn't, Does your computer start back up? Have you tried running diskchk again?
SSD or HDD?
More info would help a great deal.

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PC was running great.  Dog tripped over cord and unplugged it while it was running.  Now won't boot.  I had just run a chkdsk and everything was fine...no bad sectors, etc.  Now get error message "Hard Disk Short DST Check: Failed"  Cannot get boot sequence to go to my USB recovery to try to recover.  I suspect damage is to boot sector and not to the actual hard disk.  How can I get the PC to boot from the USB?  Failure ID: 60DPTG-0087D-9XPJXF-60QX03.  Is this drive 'shot' or can it be recovered AND can it be recovered with all my files still intact?  Please advise.  Many thanks.  

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Hello!I have a K320 model that is completely dead after a power outage at home. The unit will not show any inidcation of power now. I went and bought a new power supply and installed, but still I get absolutly nothing. I had 3 wires that wwere connected to the front panel to the old power supply, but the replacement supplyI purchased doesnt have this connector. I believe it was for the LED's on the front panel, which at this point do not matter.I am not sure if there is an issue with the power siwtch/board, or an issue with my motherboard....or if those 3 wires are critical?Any suggestions??Thank you!!

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Hello people- I have a problem that I hope you can give me some guidance on.
My computer every now and then TURNS off-- and noone is pressing the power button. So I came home from work and pressed the power button and nothing happened-- so i changed the outlet the tower is plugged into and still nothing-- I then opened the tower and played with a few wires- not knowing what i am doing-- then I changed the battery in the middle of the board as well(the round battery)-- and still nothing-- So I went on the phone to call HP- and after my phone call, I pressed the power button again and the computer turned on???? WOW- the twilight zone??-- So my only question to you- is can it be the power supply??? and if it is-- would it do this type of shutdown by itself- like can the computer work even with a faulty power supply---or can it be something else-- because as we speak now-- the computer is working fine??? What do you suggest I do---
I also leave the computer on everyday and all day forever--- I never turn it off- is that something I should be doing- or should I turn it off when not in use at nights??/ Please give me some type of advice- so i know how to proceed.. My computer is the HP P6140f pavilion (i KNOW- it is quite old- about 10-11 years old)-and I am working on Windows Vista- yes Vista-- but that also is working really great- I actually love it- never a problem---so besides the age- i have given you the problem I am having--so please look into your crystal ball and l... Read more

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How does a power surge affect a computer? I have my computer plugged in to the surge protecter along with the printer, speakers and monitor. The surge protecter was working properly as always but my computer will not turn on. Everything else plugged in is working. Any advice to a novice? My son built the computer a couple of years ago and is going to go over it to see what damage there is. Is there any hope the motherboard is okay and the hard drive?
 

A:Power outage!!

Try resetting the power strip (there should be a button on it somewhere). And, moving the computer plug into another outlet.

If your computer will not turn on, it could be a number of things: power supply, motherboard, processor, etc.

You could open up the case and see if there's a funny smell to find out if something really did burn out. If no smell, then look at the motherboard, there should be a battery there. You could reset the CMOS by taking out the battery (and on some motherboards, moving a pin on the board).

To find out how to reset the CMOS, take a look somewhere on the motherboard as to ID the make and model of it.

Make sure you're grounded to prevent static damage to your computer parts.
 

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My trouble is that I gave my older computer to one of my granddaughters yesterday and had it all up and running for her had a wireless card put in and she was off and running. Today she called and told me that a fuse blew and now it will not boot up only showed a blue screen saying(Do to power outage your computer is not starting up). She is so upset and I,m at a lost as to how to solve this. Any help would be welcomed
Simbadone
 

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I had a storm blow over overnight and the power went out at least once. I awoke to my computer powered on with a black screen. Unresponsive. I shut it off(waited the obligatory 15 seconds) and started it up again. Windows 8.1 began loading but when it would normally take me to the login screen, a brief blue screen of sorts came up with a ;( face and the system rebooted itself. This time it said something like "Preparing Automatic Repairs" on the windows loading screen. It did that for a while, rebooted, and took me back to that error screen. I allowed it to do this multiple times and was never able to boot into windows.
I fear there has been some hardware damage(yes I know, get a UPS... ).
I put my windows 8 DVD in and managed to get it to load from the disc. I tried a couple of the repair options(couldn't tell you which) but they just sat at the screen for a long time, seemingly doing nothing. I knew I wouldn't be able to retrieve my files most likely(but my last backup was beginning of October so not a huge loss) so I just went ahead and tried a fresh install of windows. Again it sat there seemingly doing nothing but I let it be and eventually, after many of those long waits after selecting the options I wanted, it managed to install win 8.
Win 8 loaded up fine and I began the long and excrutiating task of installing the windows updates. This too has given me problems(downloads failing, installations failing) and where I'm at now, it is in some kind of loop where it tries ... Read more

A:Power outage

I encountered a similar failure but was not induced by a power fault.  The interface chip/buffer for the SATA drive has failed and is intermittently  writing garbage.  This is a MOBO failure.  A new drive won't solve the fault but is the only way to proceed to a resolution.

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Woke up today and realized that the power had went out. Went to start up the computer and it took me to the screen where I can choose to A) Start in "Safe Mode"
B) Start Normally
C) Start with last known working config

I tired all of the choices and everytime the "Windows XP loading" page came up right before it usually goes to where I can log in. Right before it would hit the "Log In" page it shows the blue screen of death for a second and then kicks me right back to the screen with the start up options. Its a cirlce I can't get out of, PLEASE HELP.
 

A:Power Outage?

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Hello. I have a computer I picked up from Fry's that has a K7 FSB266 motherboard, 1GB of memory, and an AMD Athlon 1800+ processor. This is the second motherboard I have put in this thing, as the first one suffered the same malady that I need help with. The motherboard is a Model M811 ATX style.

The other night we had a power outage for about 2 hours. All my computers were powered down, except one. I powered all of them back up and they worked as per normal except the one I reference above. This one was off during the outage.

Now it will not power back on. The same thing happened with its predecessor board which is why I replaced it. Am I missing something? Is there some sort of magical reset that I can't find? Why would this computer be the only one with a dead motherboard after the power was back on? Is there a flaw in its design? What brand should I go with if this thing is junk?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
Steve1
 

A:K7 motherboard will not power up after power outage

Steve1 said:



Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
Steve1Click to expand...



Hi I have a PC that does the same thing, I think its the PSU, if I remove the mains cable for about 2 minutes, then replace it, the thing powers on OK, I really must get round to sorting it out soon...
 

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Hoping someone can help. My printer/scanner/copier Brother DCP J-315W was on when the power went off during the recent Sydney storms. The printer is about 3 years old and connects wirelessly to the PC. The power went out at 12.30 am so I just went to bed and when I woke up everything was back on except the printer which has no power. I have tried pulling the plug out of the machine and waiting 15 seconds, and trying to reboot the pc, modem and printer together but had no success.
It seems dead. Do I need another printer or is there a solution?
 

A:Printer won't power on after power outage

No surge protection? Power outages from storms can cause no damage or high damage to electrical/electronic circuits. There may be a blown fuse inside, but it sounds like it is time to buy a new printer
 

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Today my power went out and after it came back on and my boyfriend went to boot up his computer, Windows wouldn't load. After the first few startup screens, it goes black and freezes up.

When we put in the Windows installation disk to try and reinstall, it gets stuck at the "Setup is starting Windows" blue screen and won't go any further. The computer will not start in safe mode, either.

It did start up once normally in the midst of all this, but nothing was done differently before or after that time in restarting and it hasn't restarted normally since.

Any words of advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Power Outage... can't boot

See: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

This article has helped many persons.
 

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Long story short:

- My computer is ridiculously laggy and I only have partial mouse control after a power outage. It was in as good condition as it's ever been before the power outage.
- I have had power outages in the past and had absolutely no problems getting my computer back on.
- My computer currently takes 3-4 times longer than it usually did to logon to normal mode.
- I believe that this is a problem with the software, not the hardware, since safe mode works. If anyone can help me out I would really appreciate it.

What I can tell you about my system:
- Under "Device Manager" ==> Mice and other pointing devices all it says is HID-compliant mouse. Same with keyboard, but there are two HID keyboard devices. It says this even with hidden devices shown.
- I cleared everything under Human Interface Devices as well, letting my computer reinstall anything that was actually important.
- My bandwidth monitor still works.

Longer story if anyone has the time:

Backstory: I was playing a game on my desktop computer and all of the sudden the power fluctuated on the entire street. As you all know, even a small fluctuation will make a computer shut down entirely. Then I try to start up my computer, it doesn't work. There are some problems such as it being pretty laggy and my mouse is -kind of- working:

- It's laggy, to the point of being unusable.
- My keyboard works pretty well.
- I'm unable to see the cursor, but it still works. I can make the dr... Read more

A:Problems After Power Outage

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After a power outage my usb keyboard stopped working but my other devices are i don't know what to do.
 

A:Usb keyboard power outage

try the keyboard on a computer that didnt get struck like a laptop. if it still doesnt work I would just replace it. you can get a nice Logitech keyboard from Walmart for around 12 bucks.
 

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If posting a question so soon after joining this forum is a no-no, I apologize.

heres my problem. My home DeskTop...built by a tech guy we used to know, is constantly trying to restart itself. We had a power outage and now the computer starts up, get to a certain stage where it aploogizes for the inconvience and gives me the option to restart in safe mode, safe mode with networking, etc....or start normally. I have tried every option. It trys to start windows and then gets back to saying the same message.

I have XP service pack 2 on the PC.....anyone heard of this before. I'd re-install windows but my kids have there homework on it and I don't want to lose every we have on it if there is a way to fix it

thanks in advace for any help offered

A:Power Outage and XP won't restart

Try to clear the CMOS by either removing the battery or the jumper method for about ten or fifteen minutes. See if that helps. Some times with a power outage, it corrupts the bios setting because it did not have a chance to save before it was shut down by the loss of power.

Don't forget to unplug the computer and ground yourself before working in that case.

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Hello,

With the hurricane rolling through we experienced a few outtages last night and i forgot to shut my computer down before that happened. And now due to that i am experiencing issues with getting to my desktop screen. Let me explain into detail. When the computer starts up it goes into windows recovery giving me two option " Start windows recovory" and start windows normally. I have tried starting windows normally but all that seems to happen is that the computer turns off and puts me back to the two options. So i tried the first one and that brings me into a menu saying select a driver which non appear so i just skip it and than brings me to 6 options i believe. before i go any farther this is all coming from the top of my head as i am not starting at my computer writing this. Anyways the first option gives me the chance to do a automatic repair but they do not seem to find any issue or unable to fix the problem. tell me to restart but nothing changes and i am just repeating steps over and over. the other options are faint in memory command prompt is there and a few others but they are to no help. I am hoping someone can address this issue as i have work on the computer. thank you.
 

A:Power Outage Can't start up

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Hi,

A couple days ago there was a power outage in my area and unfortunately my computer was on during the time. So the next day I turn on my computer and I got floppy disk failure error, which I fixed. I also noticed that the date was set back to January 2003 so I changed it back to the current date. The next day, I got a message saying my Windows XP trial period was up (I use trial XP and reformat every 30 days), which it wasn't supposed to be. Since I reformat constantly, this was no big deal. So I reformatted my computer and soon realized that my problem was much bigger than what I thought it was.
First of all, I noticed that the "stand-by" option is no longer available when I turn off the computer. Second, some websites will not load such as nvidia.com, which I need to get my video card drivers. My connection speed also seems a lot slower than usual. I tried changing my MTU settings and I am now able to access nvidia.com but the download links won't load.
I'm not too computer savvy and something like this has never happened to me before so I'm at a complete loss of what to do. Any help will be appreciated.

As far as my hardware is concerned, I'm running:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
EVGA nForce 780i SLI motherboard
4gigs Corsair ram
EVGA GTX285
Antec SG850 850w PSU

Thanks again
 

A:Power outage messed up my PC

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My laptop computer was on during a power outage. After I reboot, the computer works but at an unbelievable slow speed. Everything it does will take more than 100 times longer. I reformat the hard drive (curiously, that happened in normal speed) and tried to re-install Win2000. I observed that during the first phase of installation, it progressed in normal speed. However, right after the window started, it began to crawl. I assumed that it has something to do with the way the win2000 preforms certain I/O function that is different than let's say DOS. Any idea what happened to me and how to fix it?
 

A:Slow PC after power outage

I'd start by resetting the BIOS to factory defaults, it sounds like something is scrambled there.
 

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Quick and simple description. BTW, I'm not very computer savvy.
Power outage dumps my desktop (ASUS running Windows 8.1)
Power on, goes through initial boot up, cannot make it to login/desktop.
Power to monitor and video card fine.
Can get to BIOS and Windows 8 Troubleshooting screen. Troubleshooting says I need to free up disk space on C before it can repair.
Monitor goes blank but responds(wakes up) to mouse wiggle and key stroke.Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
P.S. Ignore my screen name. Apparently "Eric" is already taken.

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I was working on the computer a few weeks back when we had a power outage, and ever since then, everything has been opening slowly and responding slowly, like when I type in a url it takes several attempts of hitting enter to process. Would there be anyway to fix this? I can give more info if needed.....thanks

Dan

A:problems after power outage

did u have an antivirus check? recover console with xp cd?

try run>chkdsk /r

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Win7,HP Pavilion6000,64-bit. After 10-second power outage, monitor came back on showing a window indicating Malwarebytes and Norton360 were turned off; no Internet access. I turned the computer off and restarted, the Internet came back but Malwarebytes and Norton still showed as turned off. I did a system restore back to yesterday, May 10. After rebooting, Malwarebytes was back on but not Norton. Then, Control Panel/System and Security/Virus Protection/Turn on Now/(click)Yes I trust the publisher and want to run this program(click)..........nothing happened. Clicked Norton360 desktop icon....spinning, then nothing. I don't trust the Net without Norton, so can you help me get it turned back ON? Thank you, Elaine
 

A:Norton 360 off after power outage

Try re-installing it.
 

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Hello,

I am trying to solve a problem for someone who has given me the following description of the situation:

They left for 2 weeks, where there was a power surge or power out. When they came back their computer was acting funny.

They get a few errors on bootup (I have not seen the computer yet so I dont know which ones). These are the kind that show on the desktop after the system loads. They click on a link in thier favorites and it takes them to an older version of that site. When ever they try to do something online it will ask if they want to dial in a connection.


This translates to me that they don't have a working broadband connection. Any help on troubleshooting this matter?

Thanks,

-Yportne

A:Power Outage or Spyware

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This translates to me that they don't have a working broadband connection. Any help on troubleshooting this matter?




Not necessarily; they could have gotten a dialer- a program that racks up telephone bills to the profit of the creator and the telco, usually one overseas.

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After a power outage my speakers weren't working. I tested my speakers on another device and they were working. I then used system restore and my speakers are working again. Does anyone have an idea what happened? I should add that while my computer is protected with a power surge outlet my speakers are not.

Thanks.

A:Power Outage/Speakers Out

It would be my guess a driver problem, which was corrected by System Restore. I can tell you this, System Restore only helps with software problems; the problem was not with the speaker.
A surge protector protects if the power comes on unexpectedly, or surges, it does nothing when power goes off (your need an Uninterrupted Power Supply (a surge protector, with battery back up) like I have. Your driver became corrupted and the Restore made it good again.
To check to see if other problems happened in the OS, read this tutorial
System Files - SFC Command

We had power out, too, in CT., from the Storm. New storm due about 9/11

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i dont know where to post this but.. my power went out and my computer still turns on but i cant see anything out of my monitor... i tryed diff monitors i dont know if something burnt out or what can someone help me!!!!!!!!(Moderator edit: revised Topic Title and Description to better describe the problem. jgweed)

A:Problem After Power Outage!

If you have a power strip check the breaker button to see if it has been tripped.

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I think the solution to my problem ended up being a short, but I do not know. This situation occurred on a Monday afternoon. Tuesday evening, the computer died. I removed the power cable and inserted it the next morning, attempted to turn it on and it did boot up. Wednesday night, installed an eSATA cable onto the SATA 2 #2 port onto my motherboard and tried the new eSATA drive today (Thursday). I noticed that when I booted up today, that I had Internet on my computer.

The idea that the power outage might have shorted something out does not make sense, as I'd seen on another thread, one user (different forum) had a multi-boot system on their computer. Windows had the same problem as I had, while their Linux box did not.

There's an old saying from a skit my brother did in Boy Scouts, "I guess all it took was the right jerk!". Maybe I (the jerk), jerked something and made a connection while installing the eSATA cable.

Thank you all for your assistance. For now, I can comfortably breath and wait for Ivy Bridge to be released.

I had a power outage today which lasted for a minute. My computer shut off as a result. Then, I left for work, and when I came back, my computer had been turned on, which I thought was very odd.

I'm noticing the following behavior:
LAN Connection is Limited
Computer is running slow
My IP address went from 192.168.1.2 to something like 192.168.170.43 (last two numbers were different, indicating being on a different network)

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A:No LAN Connection after power outage

Hello,

Can you do an ipconfig and show the results please.

Have you tried assigning a static IP address?
Dave

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It should be possible to move a UPS during a power outage shouldn't it? I'm just wondering if i could have it plugged into my comp and then move it to the cable modem/voip adapter after the power goes out (after shutting down the comp of course). That shouldnt be a problem should it?
 

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Hi everyone, I was installing the Win 7 Home Premium 32 Bit upgrade today when the power went out during the expanding files stage of the installation. Turning the computer on now, it recognised the install was not complete, but threw up an error message saying the rollback could not be completed. I tried rebooting and it now comes up with command prompt in front of the Win 7 installation background (not sure if the background is the standard Win 7 desktop, or still the background for the install program).

I searched these forums and it mentioned starting in safe mode etc, but my current problem, which happens on occasion (pre trying the upgrade) is that I can't use the keyboard after the BIOS screen is gone. This means I can't choose to boot from CD, since it needs me to push any key to get going, and I can't choose between the Win 7 and Win 7 Rollback options when booting the OS. I've tried using a PS/2 connection on the keyboard, but I get nothing.

I would appreciate someone either explaining to me how I can run a repair through command prompt, or knows of a fix for getting my keyboard to work. I'm a complete novice at CMD, so any explanation would have to be pretty thorough.

Appreciate you guys taking the time to help me out.

Eric.

A:Power Outage During Win 7 Upgrade

try running D:setup with DVD in drive (replace D: with your DVD drive)

If this won't complete, try running

DISKPART
LIST DISK
DETAIL VOLUME

Post back what it reports

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Two nights in a row for unknown reasons the building experienced a power outage. Both times I woke up & had to restart my pc & got the multi-option screen with "Start pc Normally" which I did & it booted up normally.
Tonight, I'm playing it safe & shutting it down. Is there anything else I need to do so I know no damage was done? Hopefully none,thanks.
 

A:Power outage shut down PC

Shutting down your PC at the end of the day is a very safe thing to do.This way when power outage do happen. You do not have the computer shutting down the wrong way. I for one never leave mine on all night. I shut it down at the end of the day. As for damage from the last two nights when the power shut off . I doubt you have any if the computer is booting up and running fine.
 

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I had a 2 second power outage today and since have not been able to boot my pc. I am given the "windows did not start successfully" screen and then I am prompted to choose safe mode, safe with networking,...ect. I have tried all options for restarting and get the same result with each. Once selecting I see the windows xp screen for about 1 second then it flashes blue and starts over. I am able to enter bios menus on the motherboard however. My system is home built MSI motherboard, 4 gb ram, and running xp. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much. Kirk
 

A:Power outage, PC won't boot now

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I have a friend that has a PC with xp Pro. He wants to have the computer automatically startup after a power outage. This PC will be located at a remote location where no humans will be around to start it up. I read somewhere there is something in the BIOS to do this???
 

A:xp Pro startup after power outage

Hi Grant_N7AS, and welcome to TSG.

Yes, the BIOS on some computers has a power management setting that determines what happens if external power is removed while running and then re-applied. One of the options would be to automatically power up.

FYI, there is no guarantee that Windows will boot up normally if the the power is randomly removed from the computer.You could have hard disk corruption if the power is removed while the computer was writing data to the drive. You may want to consider using a suitably sized uninterpretable power supply (UPS) with communications capability to the computer. The UPS would allow the computer to operate through momentary outages. During a longer outage, the UPS would signal the computer to go into hibernation mode and then resume operation where it left off when power is restored. FWiW, Windows XP may have hibernation problems on some computer and require some troubleshooting.
 

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Dell 2550 with XP Home SP3.
Worked fine until power outage. Now it will boot past splash screen, but gives error message offering several options: SAFE, SAFE with COMMAND, LAST WORKING...etc. None actually loads WINDOWS. The best option is SAFE with COMMAND, but that only loads dozens of .sys files and then stalls.

Can read BIOS, changed boot sequence to boot from CD

CD player works, and when XP INSTALL disc runs, I get "WINDOWS SETUP", and at the bottom of the bluescreen, I see dozens of WINDOWS files loading, but this too locks up and nothing happens.

Stumbled upon a DELL diagnostic option and ran all the tests( took about an hour) and I got one error message:

Error Code 3B00:0788
Bootstrap checksum: expected 009Fh
returned 001Ah

Since I have no idea what that means, I am hoping someone here does.

Thanks

George

A:XP will not load after power outage

Hi .

In my limited experience...checksum errors are generated only when my CMOS battery is running down and needs to be replaced. But generally they indicate a problem in the BIOS, IMO. But that's on PCs, not servers.

The Dell Poweredge 2550 is a server, which (IMO) makes it unlike a PC.

I would not necessarily assume a CMOS battery is bad, I would suspect the BIOS itself may be adversely impacted by the power outage.

Have you tried resetting default settings? Are the CMOS settings accurate in the BIOS?

Louis

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The power went out on My Windows XP system. No big deal, right? Well, then I restart the computer and while it is booting the power goes out again. When I turn on the computer I get a blue screen with the Following:

unmountable_boot_volume

and some hex numbers. I look up the error and I follow the directions, boot from a CD, run CHKDSK /R. that ran and I tried rebooting, no dice. No problem, the directions I found said to run FIXBOOT, so I did. Reboot . . . Now there is a new message.

NTLDR is missing
press any key to restart

I look for this error and I found more directions: copy NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM from the boot CD to c:\. I did that, and it still won't boot from the hard drive. What should I do now? Have I totally ruined my system? Is there a way to recover my data? I have lots and lots of data on that computer, and the computer is my livelihood. Help me, please!
 

A:Power outage pain

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For starters I know next to nothing about computers, so please be really, really, really remedial with any responses and patient with me. Thanks in advance to any helpers out there!

About six weeks ago we lost out electricity for about 20 minutes. It went off suddenly, came back on suddenly... Our old desktop, running on Windows XP, was on when power went out. I turned it back on after the power returned. I tried to get online to check my email and couldn't get online. I checked the connections, things seemed fine. I check on our laptops (an old iBook G4 and a newish MacBook) and both were (and still are) able to connect (wireless connection though a Netgear router). The desktop is plugged into the router then into the modem, I believe (whatever the arrangement, it was working fine until the power outage).

Anyway after hours of frustrating internet searches trying to get things back in order, I'm at a complete loss. The IP address and subnet mask say 0.0.0.0 and the address type reads "Invalid IP Address." I tried to repair the connection. No dice. The connection itself reads "Acquiring network address."

What I've done:

* I've disabled the firewall
* I did some command prompts such as netsh winsock reset catalog and perhaps others (today is the first day i've messed with it in weeks) and rebooted the computer after them
* I did this command prompt ipconfig/all

After the ipconfig/all prompt it read:
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A:IP Address 0.0.0.0 after power outage

It could be the modem went out when the power came back on. Have you called your ISP?

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Having issues after a power outage. booted up the pc and got an error message that vista would not boot went through repair and restore. now running but cannot access the internet and get the 169.x.x.x ip. tried releasing it, manually setting the ip rebooted every thing tried new nics cables everything still the same problem. The other computers work though and can connect. mine is broke no ping nothing any advice??????

On a UPS...
tried
netsh winsock reset
netsh int ip reset
Reset switch and modem
Direct connect to modem
Still Nothing

A:no ip conectivity after power outage

hi there are a few routes here you may not have tried yet http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...1092240AAMXVeL

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Hey guys. I have a problem that I don't think will be very hard to fix, but I need a little help.
There was a thunderstorm in my area today. My computer's plugged into a surge protector, but the outlets in this house aren't grounded. I safely removed the flash drive and card reader I had plugged in, and figured it would be safe for me to extract the archive I'd just transfered to the hard drive before shutting down. Bad call.
While 7-zip's doing its thing, the lights in the room briefly flickered off and on, and the CRT monitor went dark. I looked at the PC and saw its power light was still on, so I turned the monitor off and then back on, but the screen remained black. I then forced a shutdown by holding the PC's power button.
Restarting, I saw it wasn't the monitor that was the problem. This message came up:We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows Normally.

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
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A:Following a power outage, XP won't start

You are probably blue screening. Right after the BIOS press the F8 key. It should take you to the advanced menu. Choose disable restart on system failure or something like that. Write down what the blue screen says and post it in your next reply.
 
And BTW, you should be doing daily backups of your data to a second physical disk or the cloud.

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I had left my computer on after leaving for school in the morning and there was a power outage for about an hour. When i returned home my computer was turned off. ( the screen was still on but black screen)And now my computer will not turn on at all? Someone told me that my hard drive fried, but I am not exactly sure. Any help will be appreciated

A:Power outage problem

If you don't have your pc connected to the mains via a surge protector that may be the case, but don't quote me on that. You can check by installing the Hard Drive in another computer possibly.

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I had a power outage, and my HP windows 8 Desktop didn't boot, so I went back to a backup from earlier this month. (Not sure if backup is the specific word Im looking for, sorry for my English and computer vocabulary) The problem is that now I have no
audio, half the links in controll pannel dont work, (100% non responsive) and I cant unninstall any programs. I have tried fixing it with SFC but SFC also doesn't work. (btw It doesnt wok in safe mode either.)

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My pc (sometimes) shuts down for a fraction of second and then restarts at time of power outage (most of the time the reboot occur when power comes back to UPS after the outage). The most weird thing happening is that when I switch off the electric supply of UPS (ie. where UPS is connected to socket), it back up the computer normally, I mean without any re-boot happening. But when there is power outage the computer re-start. And there is more, sometimes UPS makes a click like sound & pc restarts without any kind of power outage, and that happens a lot.

I have tried changing the UPS, connected UPS to other points in house, plugged CPU to different points behind UPS, isolated other equipments from UPS (like directly plugged TFT monitor, speaker to main lines so that CPU gets dedicated power) and done many other things, but no success !!

What is the reason behind this strange problem? Is it my PSU? How can I solve it !?
 

A:PC reboots on power outage even with (new) UPS!!

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I have been doing a lot of research on SSD. I already found a few places to ensure I make my transition proper turning off hibernation, know to change my temp drive, disable indexing, etc. However, the one thing I am not sure of involves the fact my computer has been known to... freeze... from time to time. I wanted to know if I install, and end up having my computer freeze on me, what possible issues this would have on my SSD. I have researched a lot, however, really did not get any answer to this question.
 

A:SSD and power outage issues

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I've been hesitant about asking this but since it "almost" just happened to me, what should one do if there is a power outage while defragging?
I had literally just got done defragging my W7 & had started surfing the web when the monitor went black & off as did my TV. Now if that would of happened during a defrag, would it mess up anything?
I've since restarted the W7 & turned my tv on, but still curious, thank you.
 

A:Power outage during defragging

D I S A S T E R !!!

A laptop will survive due to the battery (assuming you can run with it - - sometimes it's dead and SOL),
but a desktop will likely get corrupted.

I you live where there are frequent brown-outs (aka power outages), by all means get a UPS.

a) always run CHKDSK C: /F /R first
b) never run defrag and then go shopping (ie leave it unattended)
 

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Hello,

I have been trying to sort out my computer for about a week now. My husband turned on my computer a few hours prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and forgot to shut it down. We lost power and it was not shut down properly.

I get a BSOD when Windows loads and gets to the login portion of start up. I can't catch completely what it says but it says Driver_IRQL_Not_Less and Equal . Or something along those lines. Towards the bottom it references " ndis.sys. "

To get it to boot correctly I have to run in Safe Mode and do a System Restore to a previous restore point. It then boots normally when restored, but if I shut it down again I get the BSOD and have to start all over.

I went through all of my drivers and updated/ made sure all were updated. The only one that I did not update was for the Microsoft Virtual Wifi Miniport Adapter. The update came back as unsigned. So I disabled the Miniport Adapter. I haven't rebooted to see if this fixed the problem, because I am scared of having to start all over. I thought coming here to work with those smarted than myself, before my next reboot to see if someone would be willing to help would be a better solution.

When I boot off my Repair Disc and use StartUp Repair, it says " Start up repair could not detect a problem. If you have recently attached a device to this computer, such as a camera or portable music player, remove it and restart your computer. If you continue to see this message, contact yo... Read more

A:BSOD following power outage

Welcome aboard.

The zip you updated contains Dumps ages old, and from those no meaningful inferences can be drawn.
Attachment 241757

Anyway, I may suggest you one thing.

As per Carrona.org, STOP 0x0000000A: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
Usual causes: Kernel mode driver, System Service, BIOS, Windows, Virus scanner, Backup tool, compatibility

McAfee is the most widely known cause of Stop 0xA, IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL.
Uninstall McAfee Using McAfee Removal Tool.
Use Microsoft Security Essentials as your antivirus with windows inbuilt firewall, and free MBAM as the on demand scanner.

Download and install those, and then run full system scans with both of them, one by one.

Update these drivers:
DW1525 (802.11n) WLAN PCIe Card: From http://www.atheros.cz/
Broadcom NetLink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet: From http://www.broadcom.com/support/ethe...oaddrivers.php
NVIDIA GeForce 310: From http://www.nvidia.in/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-in
Let us know the results.

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I have an old Dell XPS with a trinitron monitor running on XP. Had a power outage and now my monitor is not working properly. Double images and fading out. Can anyone tell me if this is the monitor or could it be software (drivers)? I plan to pick up a 2nd hand monitor in the meantime. Overall the computer is running fine. I have a minimal surge protector.
 

A:Monitor & power outage

Try leaving the monitor unplugged completely for an hour or two, that may help possibly. If not then its had it.
 

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