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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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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I see many people have had this problem. I have tried removing the battery, booting in all modes available, restoring factory defaults. Nothing worked!
I did run the self test. It shows drive failure.

Unfortunately, I did not receive the XP disc when I purchased the computer.


Any suggestions?

A:XP will not boot after power outage

OPP'S I posted this same problem on 11/11/11 and could not find it. Well, I did not realize I posted it in the hard drive forum. I intended to post in this forum.
Which forum should I proceed with? Sorry..

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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
 

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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.
 

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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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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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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 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 posted this in the XP forum, but I think it's probably a hardware problem.

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

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My computer is plugged into surge protectors and while it was on my foot hit the swith on the protectors and my computer and monitor both went along with all else. vista started slower and said it didnt shut down correctly. It seems fine now but could damage have been done?

A:power outage mistake

Hi GreatNate,

Sure it could. I would recommend downloading and running TuneUp Utilities 2009 to find any errors in the registry and critical files... and the HDD too.

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Several weeks ago, we had a blackout. When I rebooted my PC, everything was slow. Programs, internet, everything. Looked all over the web for a solution but found nothing. Wound up reinstalling Windows, and the PC was running like new again. Two days after the reinstall, we had another blackout, and I'm right back to where I was before. I've scanned for spyware, defragged the drive. I'm a novice, so I'm not really sure what else can be checked. I'm in no mood to do another reinstall, so any help would be great!
 

A:PC slow after power outage

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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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Specs:

Mobo: Gigabyte Z170-HD3

CPU: i5-6600k

Drives: 1TB HDD - general storage 250GB SSD - OS(win10 home) 500GB SSD - games

GPU: Gtx 1060 6GB - stock settings

PSU: EVGA 1000W 80 plus Gold

Backstory:

A few days ago we had a power outage and the power flickered off and on for about 2 minutes before being out for 4 hours. My Pc was plugged into a Tripplite SPROCKET surge protector (underkill I know but it was a quick option that was affordable)

Problem: I didn?t think anything of the outage since I thought I was protected but as I was in the middle of a Fortnite match (don?t judge) my screen froze and I heard almost like a power fluctuation noise in my headphones. A noise similar to what a forced shutdown sounds like if you have headphones on. The pc remains running and it won?t shutdown unless I hard reboot it, which still takes a longer than normal time of pressing the power button. Upon a very slow reboot, I can usually get back into the game for about 5-10 minutes before it happens again. The problem also happens if I?m just browsing the web, not necessarily doing graphics intensive activities.

Troubleshooting:

Memory check - nothing

Chkdsk and sfc - nothing

Windows event logs show nothing except an unexpected shutdown

Nothing in crashdumps I reverted back to a stable nvidia driver using DDU thinking maybe that was the issue but it?s still happening.

Note: my GPU is running at about 82c so that?s one possibility of an issue in my mind

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A:PC Freezing After Power Outage

Try resetting the CMOS as a first option. I would check to see if there is a newer version of BIOS you can flash to and reflash the BIOS if resetting the CMOS doesn't work. You can also run a memtest on the memory make sure there are no errors. Next on the list, check your power supply by temporarily installing another to see if the problem persists. Check your "power plan" in Windows. With your power supply, you can go "high performance" with no problem.
 

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Today we had a brief (3-second) power outage. The computer is plugged into a pretty decent surge protector, but it is not booting Windows now. I have XP SP3.

The computer will boot through the BIOS screens, and then I get the "your computer shut down unexpectedly, would you like to start in Safe Mode, Last Known Good Configuration, etc" menu. If I choose "Start Normally" or "Last Known Good Configuration" the computer will show me the XP splash screen with the little blue status bar moving along. Once that finishes and it goes to where you would usually see the welcome screen, you just see black.

If I choose to boot in safe mode, it boots up and will go into the welcome screen where I can login to XP. Once inside, I see all of my desktop icons and programs, etc. If I try to use my external HD (to copy some not-yet-backed-up files, I get an error saying "H:\ is not accessible. The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error."

There's nothing too terribly important on the computer, but a lot of stuff that would be a pain to lose (I'd have to re-rip a bunch of CDs and download a bunch of apps, etc).

I tried a system restore to an earlier restore point, but it didn't fix the problem (although it did say "restore successful" once I got back into Safe Mode again).

Does anyone know of any ideas? It's odd that it will boot into safe mode with no problems, but not into regular mode. Thanks for any ass... Read more

A:Power outage - XP won't boot now

Unit Twentyfive hello and welcome to TSF. See if this will help http://www.techsupportforum.com/f10/...rt-223275.html.

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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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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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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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My PC isn't rebooting after a power outage. When I power up it displays details of the graphics card, then hangs on the motherboard splash screen (it's an Abit AB9 Pro). I'm unable to get to the setup menu using the Del key, or to the POST using the tab key.

Is the mobo trashed??
 

A:Not rebooting after power outage

Hey,

There's two things that could of happened here, the first one could be an issue with your motherboard (probably not repairable either) or you may have an issue with the power supply itself and this is probably the more likely scenario.

If you have another PSU to try then please do - post back any findings.

Nick.
 

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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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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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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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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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I always use a battery backup. The battery in my CyberPower 1200AVR died & before a new one arrived we had a power outage. Now my PC won't recognize my SSD which has my Windows 7 operating system on it. I need help desperately. THANKS!

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BSODs after a power outage. A pretty common problem with most people. I can't seem to find the problem. Most of the finds I find on google aren't the same as mine. I've tried many things, Last Known Config, VGA Mode, Safe Mode. But I can't really get into Safe Mode since it always shows "Cannot display this video mode". Can't seem to find out how to fix that either. But back to the main problem. After this power outage that happened around my area, my startups have been consisting of a BSOD. I have Windows XP, with 3 GB of RAM, and 2.13 ghz Intel Dual Core. The BSOD happens usually after it says "Loading your personal settings". It says:

STOP: 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0x8062DFB1, 0xAB877988, 0x00000000)

Beginning dump of physical memory
Physical memory dump complete.
Contact your system administrator or technical support group for further assistance.

Sometimes it gets onto the desktop, but that lasts only for about 10 seconds until the BSOD the same as before comes up. I've also wanted to try the Recovery Console on the Windows XP disc, but whenever it gets to "Setup is Starting Windows" after I boot the CD, it shows a BSOD.

STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Any suggestions on what I should do?

A:BSODs After Power Outage

Since it was due to a power outage, try clearing the CMOS and see if that helps. Some times with a power outage, the bios becomes corrupt from not being able to save things before the shutdown and that takes you back to the basic factory specifications.

If that doesn't fix you up, then one of the Microsoft guys/gals might want to analyze your stop error for you.

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Yesterday there was a power outage, now my computer is extremly slow takes about 10 min to boot and 15 to start an application. I have ran CHKDSK and it says it says the hdd is "felfri" direct translation = flawless. I have also tried restoring the system to the day before but that didn't work either. This have happened before It works fine after formating it. But enough is enough I wanna know what the problem is so this doesn't happen next time.

i would appreciate some help

thanks

A:Computer after power outage

Chances are part of your OS is corrupted (chkdsk does not look at that), since a full format has fixed the issue in the past, I would suggest a repair installation of XP should do the trick, I might also suggest you look into a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to prevent this from happening again.

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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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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 computer won't reboot since the power outage due to recent storm here in Ohio. I've tried everything Help?

A:power outage problem

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I've tried everything




You didn't give us a lot of information, so we can only give you a limited answer. The power outage might have taken out your computer. What did you try?
Is the computer a laptop or desktop? Does the computer turn on? As in do the lights and fans come on? Do you get anything on the screen? Do you get the computer logo on the screen or is it black. If you get the logo, does it start to boot Windows? How far does it get.

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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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This has been going of for a while. Apart from being close to the most expensive electricity in the world, our area also has extremely unreliable power.

2 out of 3 times when the power goes out for 1 - 2 seconds the computers will reboot. When they come back up I get the black screen and the "victim of counterfeiting" and "This copy of windows is not genuine" messages.

Occasionaly 4 - 5 reboots will fix it, but most of the time it doesn't.

Sometimes, Windows will also complain that the update server cannot be contacted.

It happens on my Windows 7 and WIndows 2008 R2 systems.

The keys are legit - they are from my technet subscription and purchased full retail copies.

I have to re-activate the software repeatedly. Whilst that always works (so far at least, until Micro$oft decide I have activated too many times), but it's a pain in the butt.

Short of buying 6 UPSs, anyone have any ideas how to stop it?

thanks
Tanya

A:power outage = not genuine

Please follow this tutorial and post an MGADiag report - then we can see what the problem is.

http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/234159-windows-genuine-activation-issue-posting-instructions.html


Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/howtotell/Hardware.aspx

(since you're using MSDN keys, you can ignore the last <g>)

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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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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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