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Post-Power-Outage Check-up

Q: Post-Power-Outage Check-up

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 W0172RU 850w.. suppose to have at least 3 forms of voltage protection

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Preferred Solution: Post-Power-Outage Check-up

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Computer Won't POST after a POWER outage! What is wrong?
A few days ago there was a power outage at my house, killing all eletrical appliances and my computer that was on during the time. It was late so I left my computer, and went up stairs to sleep wihout checking to see if there were any damages. Fist mistake.. Next day, turned on the computer, and what do you know computer won't POST (turn on bios)! I had a bad feeling when I went to sleep.
Behavour:
- Computer won't post even thought its powered
- 1 fan in the front is not working
- The led lighting in the front is not on
- No BIOS beep

IMPORTANT:
A weird thing that happened was when I left my computer off for a whole day, and when I try turning it on it actually worked but then would have restarting errors and POST errors.


Also computer is connected to a power surge protector, however the protector wasn't connected directly to the wall output. The power surge -->Lamp power plug ---> Wall power
 

A:Computer Won't POST after a POWER outage! What is wrong?

In a situation like this, the power supply is the usual suspect.



roxxar said:



Also computer is connected to a power surge protector, however the protector wasn't connected directly to the wall output. The power surge -->Lamp power plug ---> Wall powerClick to expand...

I shouldn't think that this would be an issue. A high voltage spike might have taken out the light bulb. But that's just speculation
 

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I'm having some huge problems after a power outage, which seemed to have corrupt my registry and some sort of hardware. If I try to boot up on my C drive, WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM is missing or damaged, when I try to boot to recovery console or safe mode or anything on that drive, I get BAD_POOL_CALLER. I'm writing this from a partition on my E drive, where all my files I need are safe. Now is basically a hardware problem. Whenever I scroll down anything, there is a horrible chopping effect, same with moving any windows. I checked the task manager and my processor is taking a huge load from these simple things, I cant figure out why. There are some other problems that are preventing me from just using this Windows. Is there anyone out there who can help me?

Cheers,
-Luke
 

A:Fatal post-power outage problems

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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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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
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\An... Read more

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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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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: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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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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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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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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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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Been quite happy with mu HP 18 all in one pc.... until tonight after power outage the computer still turns on but the screen is all black.Something inside must've burned out, any suggestions what I should do from here will be most welcome.Kind regards

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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?
 

A:moving a UPS during a power outage?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 a linksys E1000 router. I recently had a power outage and now the router wont do anything. The lights 1-4 and the internet light blink, but the power and connection lights stay off. Ive tried doing hard resets etc. I called the cisco support and they told me that that combination of lights indicates the router is dead. This has happened about 5x now, and each time the same lights blinked, but eventually for some reason or other the router eventually started working.

Is the router dead? Is there a reason that the router is the only thing that has issues when there is a power outage? The modem and everything else plugged into the surge protector work fine. Is there any kind of router that is less sensitive to power outages?
 

A:Power Outage and Router

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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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

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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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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

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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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