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Computer starts, then shuts off, wont start up again

Q: Computer starts, then shuts off, wont start up again

hi, my computer starts up, then 2 mins later it turns off and wont turn back on for 20mins or so. fan is on. can someone help?
its a gateway 510x, their is enough circulation in the back. this is what happens.
i sign in, i wait for everything to load, then before i touch the mouse the computer shuts off and wont turn on for 20mins

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last night my computer froze and i had to shut it down holding the power button. since then when i have tried to turn it on, it first looks like its gonna load, but then goes to the screen w/ the 3 safe mode options to start in, and to start in windows normally. the arrow keys will not work for me, so i cant get to safe mode and dont know how. after it waits for 30 seconds, it will start in normal mode, and go the the screen where it looks like its gonna load, the "Windows XP Professional" screen, where there is the time bar thing (not sure what thats called). once it is there, the screen will turn black and then restart and go back to the startup page w/ the safe mode options and normal mode option. rinse and repeat. i dont know what to do and any help will be appreciated. thanks!

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If using keys at boot won't work and XP can't start then you could try using you XP installation disk to boot windows or try a linux OS on a dvd. If you still can't get it to go then try a repair install off the XP disk. http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

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Hi im new this site iv got a proble i have a dell desktop 4 years old it wont start up it loads to the windows xp screen then stops then shuts down.I tried in safe mode and does the same thing.it never makes it to the icons.i took out one of the extra hard drives and one of the dvd burners to see if it would start but it wontit just wont boot up does anyone know what could be causing this could it be the power supply all the fans work im stumped thanks dutrem

A:Computer wont start it shuts down

Hi dutem and welcome to TechSpot

Yes this can be software or hardware related (ie Power Supply)

But I think your best option is to start with software.

Do you have the Windows setup CD ?
If so, you will need to start your computer with it and go to the Recovery console (the black Dos screen basically)
Once there, try doing a Check Disk, command line will be:
chkdsk /r

Once Check Disk has finished repairing any files, type Exit and restart your computer (hopefully it will start normally)

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Alright. I'm hoping this isnt a hardware issue but I'm posting in this forum just in case. When I turn on my computer it does not start, and it will eventually shut down. There is no signal from the monitor, so accessing the bios is useless.

I have four fans in my pc, and I've opened up the case to find that the power supply fan works immediately, upon getting power after I turn the computer on. But the back fan, the cpu fan and the graphics card fan don't work, or actually they will spin briefly right before my pc shuts down.

I know it isnt a cpu overheat because my motherboard would make a loud beeping noise, as I have heard before when I built the pc. However, I do hear a weird screeching from what I think is my harddrive.

I did download a virus recently, an .exe file and was stupid enough to open it. However I did a virus scan with Symantec and I thought I had cleaned it. My computer has been able to turn on and off several times after that, so maybe the virus was working its way past my computers security with successive shutdowns.. or maybe it overclocked my hard drive? I don't know, but I need help with this one. Let me post my pc specs if I haven't.

EDIT: Specs are next to my name, I did replace the graphics card about two years ago so I could update that, but I dont think its relevant to this issue.

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Hi -

I'm a beginner so bear with me please. I have a Sony Vaio Desktop which is probably 4 or 5 years old. It has Win XP. Last night I tried to do something I wasn't capable of - I went into the registry and I crashed the computer. I lost everything. This morning. I loaded my back up system disks and application disks. No problem. Then I started loading my own software and a few off the web like WordPerfect, Mozilla Firefox, AVG, etc. The last thing that I loaded was AVG anti-virus and I swear that before the computer went blank AVG said something about detecting a virus. Now the machine can't be loaded. It loads the first couple of screens that say Sony and then Microsoft XP (it gives the beep) and then the computer and monitor shut down. About 30 seconds later they power up and start the process of trying to sign on again. If it's a virus then I can't get on the computer to do anything about it. I tried to get in safe mode with no luck but I really don't know what I'm doing there. I have a call in for my computer expert friend, but he's no where to be found. I know the answer may require some complicated manuevers.

Any help that you can suggest is greatly appreciated. I use the computer for personal use and for volunteer work that I do. I really wish I had the bucks to just by a new one. Best Buy's interest is just too high.

Thank you

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I hope someone can help! I have a Sony Viao with Microsoft xp home edition. When you turn the thing on it just boots up, goes to the desktop and then shuts down and restarts over and over again until I turn it off. I am able to run it in safe mode where I was able to run the "Panda" virus scan. I also ran the system recovery twice in safe mode and the problem continues. The only thing I did recently was added an additional Seagate internal 160 GB harddrive but it has worked fine for 10 days or so. I must add that this computer belongs to my 15 year old so it has a lot of music, my space, and photoshop stuff on it. This is my first time to Tech Support Guy so I hope you can help me out.

Thanks, The good Dr Broomhead MD, BS

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Computer (XP) starts up. Press F8> black screen white type for a second and then computer shuts but power light is still on.
Sending this on my Mac PC is my daughters.

A:Computer starts up then shuts

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I was on my computer it frozed on me, so I restarted it. It wouldn't turn back on so I hit the power button and it would start up for about 4 seconds and turn off. Here's a video so you can see what I see going wrong with my computer.

Computer problem - YouTube

Tell me what you think. Thank you for helping!

A:Computer starts than shuts off.

Greetings Varro252 and welcome to the forum.

Several things come to mind on this.

1. The system need to be cleaned of dust.
2. Is there anything that comes up on the screen?
3. Do you always leave the case open like that? Did you touch or move make changes to any thign?
4. Motherboard possiably
5. What have you tried?

With out knowing basic spec hard to tell. How old is the system. Could be the power supply starting to fail can no longer handel the load.

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Hey folks, I'm hoping maybe someone can help me with a little problem.

I recently made a few upgrades to my friend's HP Pavilion 6835 that looks to be from 1999 or so.

Basically all I did was I put in a DVD-RW and an ethernet card. Both worked fine, I was able to access my DSL and I was able to access the DVD drive. I didn't try burning DVDs or anything, but the idea was just to get a faster drive in there to replace the original one, etc.

Once it was all done (and I was feeling pretty good about myself) something strange happened. Suddenly the machine was no longer showing the CD drive. I rebooted several times and it wouldn't show up. At that point I took the new drive out and put the original back in, but still- no CD drive was showing up.

Then things got really weird. Suddenly I couldn't even start up the machine without it immediately shutting itself down. It would run for about 30 seconds, then just turn itself off. I could start it up in safe mode just fine, but if I tried to do normal mode, it just refused to start up.

After working on that GD machine for several hours, I was about to call my friend and tell her to just go buy a new machine, etc. But then it occured to me that maybe someone at this forum could shed some light on this? Any suggestions as to why the machine has suddenly decided not to boot up completely would really be appreciated. I honestly have no idea why that would be the case- the modifications I made were extremly m... Read more

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I have an emachines C2881 with windows xp desktop. Before i get into windows my computer gives me a message saying
'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.'

Then it goes on listing 5 different options;
safe mode
safe mode with networking
safe mode with command prompt

last known good configuration

Start Windows Normally

no matter which option i choose, it goes to windows loading screen and then just shuts off and restarts itself and throws me back to the same page i just showed you. i cant say that i had downloaded anything the day before i shut it off. Is there anything i can do about this? ive already tried this power draining technique to no avail. If nothing can be done then my next issue is to retrieve any files i have in my hard drive to an external one, is this possible without having to use my computer?

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I have a computer and it is doing this - https://youtu.be/_Ah2phWTjao The LED light on the fan on the front will tell you how long the power stays on, the LED is supposed to all the time. This desktop Motherboard is not the one that came in the computer. rather it one from a computer I found on the side of the street, someone had no use for it any more and set it out there.  I took the motherboard from found computer and put in in my case.  I took the Hard drive from found computer and installed it in my case.  It was password protected, so I took it to local computer tech who removed the password and was now running windows 7 on a 64 bit, an upgrade from WinXP 32 Bit board I started with.  That worked fine for about 6 weeks or so, my new hard drive failed and PSU at the same time.  So I got a new PSU, and figuring to go cheap this time and instal linux, which I downloaded, then used Imgburn to make a DVD, but when I star it it does what you see in the video. Any ideas on what I can do to get this thing going again?

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Hey all,
I have a PCChips M830LR mobo with Athlon XP 1800 with a 300W power supply. When I start the computer the lights will come on with no harddrive activity. And after around 3 seconds it shuts down. I have reseated everything, and tried removing everything with the same results. So I'm thinking this is either Power Supply, Processor, or Motherboard. I have tried clearing CMOS to no avail. Any suggestions?



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Just recently bought parts to build my second desktop. Put everything together, it all powered up fine. I installed windows and the motherboard drivers (ASRock P55) with no problems. Got halfway through the video card (HD5850) drivers installation and my computer suddenly shut down without warning, then started a continuous cycle of starting up for about a second, then immediately shutting back down. It does this indefinitely, until i turn off the PSU.

I've tried booting it up after removing various components (memory, swapping out video cards, or without one) and it's the same result. No beeps or anything. I'm pretty sure it's the motherboard but I don't feel supremely confident about my ability to diagnose the problem. I was wondering it there was anything else I could try to do to get it running before I move to exchange it.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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computer starts up does everything for like a minute then shuts off. it wont start up unless power is disconnected 4 a few seconds.

A:Computer starts up does everything for like a minute then shuts off

we need a lot more information before we can help you, as from what you have written so far, anything would be merely a guess.

Please fill in your system specs in user profile at the top of the page(click on edit profile).

Also a little background info would help, like when did the problem first happen?

Have you recently installed any new hardware/software etc?

Regards Howard

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Hi. First of all thanks for taking the time to read this.

I have a Windows XP computer that was running great until this morning. I ran up the stairs and I guess by doing so I gained some static on my feet (through my slippers wtf?) and when I extended my arm to push the power button on my computer some static jumped from my finger to the button and started the computer itself. At first i thought it was pretty cool but realized how wrong I was when the system shut itself down after only 3 seconds of attempting to boot. I powercycled the powersupply (clicked it on and off) and then tried powering the PC again... nothing happened, It didn't even respond. After ten minuets or so I decided to try again and It actually started to boot, but then 3-4 seconds later it just instantly shutdown just as before.

Any help would be appreciated. I know static = death with computers but im hoping maybe, just maybe it could be a problem with the button itself (not giving enough of a signal to start or something) or something small like it (i dont want to but a whole new MB).

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and even more gratitude to those who take the time to reply and help!



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Yeah, My computer was working fine a couple of days ago. All of a sudden it shut off. But the green light still lit up, indicating that the computer was receiving power. So i opened up the case and blew it out. After this the computer worked fine for a few hours. Then it shut off again. And ever since it won't even start up the OS, it only runs in safe mode. What should i do? And please ask me if you need more information. By the way i already ran some virus scans, nothing found.

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Look inside the case (but don't touch!!!) to ensure that all the fans are working.
If that doesn't reveal anything - shut the system down, unplug it from the wall, and then CAREFULLY feel around inside the case to see if anything is generating excessive heat.

You may also want to point a housefan into the case to see if that allows you to run it longer

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BTW: My computer is brand new and i have just put it together from all brand new parts.

My spec is

Intel Pentium D 820 Socket775 , Smithfield Core, 2x2.8 GHz , 2MB Cache

Asrock 775I945GZ, i945GZ, S775, PCI-E (x16), DDR2 533, SATA II, uATX, On Board VGA (motherboard)

1Gb (2X512Mb) Corsair Value Select, DDR2 PC5300 (667), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5-5-5-15

350w Silverpower SP-350P1B thermal controlled cooling fans

256MB Gigabyte 7600GS PCI-E(x16), Mem 800MHz, GPU 450MHz, 12Pipes, D-Sub/DVI-I/HDTV SLi Silent-Pipe (dedicated graphics card)

And i have a large and a small fan that come with the case, the smaller one isnt plugged because its attached to the side pannel which i have removed in order to build my system.

And my computer starts for about 3-5 seconds then shuts down, when it starts the lights on the case work, the fans and heatsinks work, but there is no beeps when it starts and the motherboard doesnt display any lights. Is it possible that my motherboard is fried which causes the system to shut down and dispaly no lights from the mobo. Someone else told me that a smudged processor/heatsink could cause the system not to beep. And most people tell me my 350watt power supply isnt enough but couls that cause the system not to beep and could it cause the motherboard to display no lights?
And this may sound incredibly stupid (ive never built a computer before), is it suposed beep on startup if there are no speakers plugged in?

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A:computer starts for about 3-5 seconds then shuts down

Its most likely that your psu isn't up to running that lot!!!!

Go here - http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp - and see how many watts your system actually needs!!!!

The component you are on about sounds like it could be a pizzo electric speaker!! Did it come with the mobo or the case???

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Hi. I updated Spybot and then when I started to run Spybot my Toshiba laptop immediately shut down. I started it again and the same thing happened. I tried using safe mode but it shut down again. Can I use the recovery console and if so, how? I just spent days doing my taxes and will kill myself if I can't get into this computer again. Please give me any ideas. ANYTHING to fix this !!!Thanks so much.

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Can you get a stable safe mode with command prompt?http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...st&p=943085I would try system restore first

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My computer starts to boot up then just shuts off. I tried taking out my vide o card and using the onboard graphics but it does the same thing, I cant even get to BIOS before it shuts off. I tried using a different power supply and that did not work either. Pleas help.

A:Computer starts to boot up then shuts off.

Is there any fans running? What is the make and model of your machine If it is an OEM, If it is a custom build what is the brand and model of your motherboard.

Was there any errors before the system shut off mainly a BOSD (Blue Screen Of Death)?
What changed before this happened? Any software, updates, drivers installed before this happened?

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I run Vista Home Premium and am having the same problem. Removed RAM sticks and re-inserted...seemed to work for a while. A few times has come up with
Warning!!!The previous performance of overclocking is failed, and the system is restored to the default setting,
Press any key except "DEL" to enter SETUP.
Do that and it boots and works for a few days...then probs again.

A:Computer starts to boot up then shuts off.

Do not hijack someone else's thread. I have moved you to your own thread.
Boot into Setup (Bios) and if you tried overclocking, reverse it, set the Bios to Defaults.
Other then that, shutting down means it's either overheating or the Power Supply Unit is failing. Blow out all fans with compressed air, when you start the computer, make sure all fans are spinning. Look at the label of the PSU and report the make, model# and Wattage.

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I turned on my computer this morning and too my horror it shut down after about 2 seconds.

I have tried other ram and things, no difference, the hard drive is starting because it vibrates when you lift it, all the fans are starting up fine.

I tried taking out all the wires and re-seating them, and I have noticed something - you know the yellow and black came with the 4 pins that goes into the motherdrive, when I take that out the machine stays on but theres no graphics on screen, but when I plug it back in - it just shuts down again.

Anyone know what is going on? or how to fix this?

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oneunited said:

you know the yellow and black came with the 4 pins that goes into the motherdrive, when I take that out the machine stays on but theres no graphics on screen, but when I plug it back in - it just shuts down again.Click to expand...

You mean the four pin plug that powers the CPU on the Motherboard?

Try having a check on the CPU fan, it may be faulty
To test it, you could unplug the CPU Fan, and try turning on the computer (do note that this will only be a few seconds test)

Other than that, I'd say Power Supply faulty

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So heres the situation.

I recently purchased a new case for my computer and was succesfully able to move all my computer parts from my old case to the new one. The computer started and worked perfect. I turned the computer off and left the room. The next day when i turned my comp on it started, but the monitor would remain blank and i couldnt get to the BIOS or anything. Shocked, i attempted to fix the problem by reseating the graphics card and RAM, only when i turned the computer on again it would only boot for about 2 seconds with the computer and fans whirring normally when suddenly it shut off. I still cant figure out how to fix the problem and am beggining to think my MB might not be working any more. my MB is an ASUS a7n8x-x.

Does anyone have a clue on how to fix this problem???
Any input would be greatly apreciated.

A:Help! Computer starts for 2 seconds then shuts off!

This going to sound real annoying to you.

But remove the motherboard again !
Check when removing that all posts and wires (bare) are not touching eachother
If possible (better to do this) "bench test"
ie nothing connected to back of motherboard except video (onboard preferably - if pos) and power, (and ram and cpu and heatsink/fan)
Short the power pins (screwdriver will do) and hopefully it turns on.
To turn off pull the power cord (or short the power pins for 3 secs)

If that worked, do one thing added at a time
Then re-install m/b and test again.

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Recently my parent's computer has been experiencing a problem. It starts up like normal, but before it reaches the log in screen it whirs, like a revving car, and then it immediately shuts off. Beforehand it was working perfectly, no viruses or anything. Could it be the power supply? Any help is appreciated.

A:Computer starts up, whirs, then shuts off

1. Welcome to Tech Support Guy

2. Laptop or desktop

3. May well be overheating, if a laptop examine the vents and ensure they are clear of dust and unobstructed.

4. If it is a desktop and you know how take the side of the case and make a visual inspection for dust on the fans etc,

5. Unless you know how to proceed if it is a desktop and it is choked with dust - make only a visual examination until you reply and I can offer further guidance.

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Good Evening,

I am working on a Toshiba satellite laptop for a close personal friend. It has a windows vista basic operating system and a celeron M processor. When I boot the computer up I get the warning stating that the computer did not start-up properly and suggests that I use the start-up repair. After I choose this option the repair program will start but after a few minutes the computer simply shuts off. When I select the start Vista start-up I get a screen stating "Configuring updates: stages 1 of 3 - 0% complete. Do not turn off your computer." After a long delay the desktop finally shows. Then after about 45 seconds, BAM! It shuts off again.

My friend brought me computer concerned about it getting very hot and lacking sufficient memory. I am in no way a computer technician; she knows that this knowledgeable group of moderators have helped me before. This laptop is part of her family's ministry and they do some pretty cool work.

I am around my computer regularly (thank goodness for Xmas vacation) but live in California. I am a teacher so please be patient in what can be sometimes seen as random questions. I love these forums and the work you folks do is a lifesaver as well as amazing. Please understand if there is a lapse in time.

Thanks for reading my post,


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Hi strope411,Good chance it is over heating and the system is shutting off to protect itself. If the computer is still under warranty, I would advise going that route.If not, can you hear a fan or feel warm air exiting from the side vent near the CPU while it is running? A bad CPU fan, dried thermal paste between CPU and heat sink, clogged air vent, or any combination of these could cause over heating. You could try to blow some compressed air (short bursts - keep air can vertical) through the vent by the CPU. As a test, you could put the laptop on a "cooling pad" or position a small fan to blow air into the CPU vent on the side, then see if the computer stays on for a longer period of time. If it stays on longer, then the laptop should be disassembled to investigate.

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I just bought parts (over a period of time) for a new custom computer and I have been slaving away at pulling it together. I have everything set up, but the computer won't start. It powers on, whines at a really high pitch, and then shuts down. The motherboard light stays on, but everything else just shuts down. I tried stripping it so now I only have the CPU, PSU, hard drive, graphics card, and motherboard attached. It seems like as soon as the fan for the CPU starts, the whining--and the shutting down--starts. There's nothing in the way of the fan at all. Can anybody help me?

A:Computer starts up and then shuts right back down

Some motherboards have a 4 or 6 pin connector near the CPU socket. Make sure you have the correct power supply plug connected. It is easy to plug in the wrong connector. Even if your power supply has a 4 pin connector and the motherboard has a 6 pin plug, you can sometimes plug in the 4 pin plug and it will boot normally. There are many other things that can cause this symptom....

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I just built my first computer and I cannot get it to run. When I turn it on, it starts for a second and then shuts off. I am sure the 24 pin and the 4 pin connectors are connected to the board.

Intel dg965ry mobo
Intel Pentium d 925 3.0ghz 800mhz 4mb socket 775 cpu
masscool 8wa740 socket 775 heat sink and fan to 3.8 ghz
kingston 1 gb ddr2-800 ram pc2-6400 (2 of these)
logisys 550w 20+4 pin acrylic blue led power supply
case is clear acrylic

If I take the memory out, then it will keep running. On the Intel webpage is a list of memory that is supposed to work with this board, and the memory I have is listed.
I talked to intel, they said that the board is probably bad. They sent me a new one and it does the same thing. Now I think that maybe the board is not bad, but I do not know what else it could be.

This is a list of things that I tried already:

3 different sticks of memory the one listed above plus: micsys 2gb ddr2 800pc2-6400 and super talent 1gb ddr2-667 pc5300
Took battery out for up to 20 minutes.
Disconnected everything that is connected to the mobo and the power supply except the board and memory.
Tested the power supply - good.
Tried a different power supply.
Took board out of case and tried it.
Moved jumper block on BIOS configuration around.

Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Newly built computer starts for 1 second and then shuts off

Hello, stickman1211, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

Please take a moment to read the following threads to make your experience here as enjoyable as possible

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Knowing someone's location in the world can be extremely helpful, even if you just put a country.

Also remember to post any problems or questions that you have in the appropriate forums

With regards to your problem, have you tried reseating the cpu? Also did you apply a good thermal paste to the cpu such as arctic silver?

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Monitor shuts down within 6 to 8 minute after computer starts

Desktop machine.
Windows 7 Pro. 32b.

How it happened:
After copying a folder of 1.68GB from my PC to 3 UFD's a week ago, monitor shut down by itself in a short while after the 4th UFD was inserted & the copying was in process.

The early stage of the problem:
After a restart, everything on the desktop looked normal.
Mouse & keyboard were working and could carry out simple test files and save them.
But, all USB ports & optical drive & browser were nonfunctional and the monitor shut down again in a short while.

Current situation:
1. Able to get in BIOS & change settings therein.
2. Optical drive is back to work and able to run disks.
3. I have the recover DVD & it is good (used before).
4. BUT cannot complete the recovery due to the monitor shuts down in about 5 to 8 minutes after the start of the PC.

Notes: Done the following:
1.Have another monitor connected to the PC, same problem.
2.Have RAM sticks cleaned & re-arranged, no help.
3.Have HDD tested by another PC, normal.
4.Have independent graphics card cleaned, no difference.

Please help.


A:Monitor shuts down within 6 to 8 minute after computer starts

do you have on board graphics? this maybe kicking into action perhaps??

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Weird issue I'm having here. Just built an new rig and I'm having a weird issue with the fans coming on and such (no visuals on the monitor)... then it shuts back down and quickly repowers to a successful and quick boot. I have no issues after hours of stressful gaming. This only happens at startup. My system is based on the Asus P8P67 Mboard.

Should I be worried about this? I'm dangerously close to my thirty day refund on the thing... Any help on this topic would be greatly appreciated.

A:Computer starts up, shuts down, then stays on for good

The bios over-clocking area is set wrong. Try resetting the bios to its default settings

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Over the past few weeks, when i went to turn on my PC it would start for anywhere in between 1 and 4 seconds and then completely turn off. After a few tries though, it would stay on. But today, after many tries it doesn't stay on.

When i start it, all fans, lights, drives turn on/light up then 1-5 seconds later everything just turns off completley. It doesnt even get to the point where it makes that beep sound. I thought it might be my power supply, but i bought a brand new one only a few months ago. i've tried reseating the RAM, cleaning the motherboard area, re-connecting wires/cables but nothing is fixing it.

Anyone have any ideas what this could be?

AMD Duron 1600GHz

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I started with Windows 7 and when the computer reboots to install Windows XP it starts the installation process then the computer shuts off? What do I do?

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Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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so my pc is working or atleast when it starts but the problem is that it takes like few hours i dont know yesterday needed 5 hours to start up sometimes 20minutes and is not normal.... pc starts everythink inside its starts but monitor,mouse and keybord i alredy removed the small battery on mobo and put it back in after few minutes and its still doest work pls help ...

A:pc starts but monitor,keybord and mouse wont start

Can you please provide the model number and manufacturer name of your computer?

Have you changed any internal components before having this issue?

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I believe we may have had a power surge during some storms (even though I have a surge protector - it's cheap) and now my son's computer turns on, starts to warm up, the screen displays the windows logo, then it pops off. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do to fix it! Thanks.

A:My Computer Boots Up Then Shuts Down - It Starts To Load Windows Xp Then Pops Back Off - Help

A surge suppressor will only protect what you have plugged into it. In particular, if you don't have a surge suppressor on your internet connection a surge can enter that way and fry your components (I've lost several components when lightning has struck our cable connection and surged into my systems). Now I have a surge suppressor on the cable where it enters the house (along with the phone line) - and additional surge suppressors to protect the network cables throughout the house (and at my wife's office).Do you have a Windows installation CD that you can boot from? If so, try using the Recovery Console to repair the installation (here's a link to a how-to: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-install-the-windows-xp-recovery-console/ )In particular, try these 3 commands (pressing Enter after each one, and answering Y (for yes) when asked if you're sure you want to do it):FIXMBRFIXBOOTCHKDSK /RIf that still won't get you into Windows, then download a bootable diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive (the more common one's are listed here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/ )You'll need an ISO burner to burn the file to disk and ensure that it's bootable - here's a free one that I recommend: http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/v2.htm

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Hello, long time reader first time poser here. i searched posts for the better part of an hour now and have not found anything to help with my current issue.

I built my PC about a month and a half ago and its been working fine:
AMD 3500+ with cooler master liquid cooling.
GeForce 7800GT
2gb of corsair XMS dual channel ram
Asus A8N pro (the one below the fatality board)
antec 500w power supply (with the dual channel 12v rails)

my temps Normally run around 34c to 40c for everything and i have not had a problem till today. i loaded up my computer and when i got into windown about 10 mins into it windows went through the actual shut-down. i restarted and it did the same thing i re-started one more time and it said that i was in fail-safe mode. NOW it will sometimes not even power up completely...like it will turn on then immidetly turn off. so i tried clearing the CMOS via the jumper and im getting the same thing. any help would be apperciated as im about to pull out my hair here.


A:Windows shuts down randomly, PC wont start.

try turning the computer off at the switch on the back next time,and see if it starts straight away
when it starts in safe mode it usually indicates a software problem
in msconfig / startup,
untick the boxes and see if it starts normally
when it closes down immediately
m/b shorting
faulty power supply
check all plugs are securely in their socket
tap f8 when booting and from the boot options try
last known good configuration

you seem to have more than one cause of the problems,hopefully the above will isolate something to start on
try setting it up out of the case with
to see if it stays on

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 HP Laptop 15-an050nrturns on shuts down in within ten seconds

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This had been my families computer for about 2 years now, we got it brand new. Worked fine until randomly from the vista desktop the computer shut off for no reason (no win update or anything). When I tried to restart the computer, it booted to the desktop but before anything could be done it quickly shut off again, and now wont restart at all (no lights or anything). I'm assuming a faulty power supply unit is the problem but I'm not positive. If someone might know something else or has had the same problem please help. Any knowledge is appreciated!

A:Lenovo 3000k Vista, shuts off, now wont start up

Hi loserspearl,

It could be either a software fault(malware) or a PSU fault. You could boot into the BIOS first and see if the issue appears there aswell. Just press DEL during startup and you will be presented with a blue/white screen. Have a look at the temperatures as you see if the computer does the same thing again.

You can also try to boot into safemode (Press F8 during startup) and see if it does the same thing. Let us know the results and I'll get back to you with further instructions.

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I cant figure this out, my computer starts up but my monitor wont come on. I have had this problem now 3 times in 2 years. I've replaced motherboard, memory, power supplies, and changed video cards. I currently have a k-7 fsb 400 motherboard with amd sempron processor, 350 watt power supply, geforce 5200 ddr 64mb graphics card, kingston 512 ddr memory, wd cavier 7200rpm hard drive, and a dell monitor. everything starts on computer but monitor wont. yet monitor does on my friends computers. i've reseated the memory twice, tried differant hard drive, tried differant video card and power supply. still nothing. It must be the motherboard right? I just bought motherboard 4 months ago.

A:Computer Starts Monitor Wont Come On

txscorpionman said:

I cant figure this out, my computer starts up but my monitor wont come on. I have had this problem now 3 times in 2 years. I've replaced motherboard, memory, power supplies, and changed video cards. I currently have a k-7 fsb 400 motherboard with amd sempron processor, 350 watt power supply, geforce 5200 ddr 64mb graphics card, kingston 512 ddr memory, wd cavier 7200rpm hard drive, and a dell monitor. everything starts on computer but monitor wont. yet monitor does on my friends computers. i've reseated the memory twice, tried differant hard drive, tried differant video card and power supply. still nothing. It must be the motherboard right? I just bought motherboard 4 months ago.Click to expand...

Have you tried a different monitor, al though you say it works on your friends you also say it's intermittent, it could simply be that the monitor is faulty and moving it cures the problem.

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So I turn my computer off one day only to find it wont start the next day. I open the case up and see the led is on. I flip the switch on the power supply off then on and quickly press the power button. My computer starts but the following time I shut down the computer it again wont start and now the led is blinking. I've never had any issues like this before, any help would be appreciated.

I don't routinely use many usb devices, only my mouse and keyboard and every now and then my ipod. I figure the issue is likely either the power supply or the motherboard. The ps is almost two years old while the motherboard is only about three months old.

A:Computer wont start, power supply wont start, blinking led

It sounds to me like your PSU is the problem, get a hold of another and plug it to your computer and see if that will make it start, if it doesn't it might be BOTH your motherboard and PSU. A bad PSU will burn a motherboard.

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ive had my laptop for a year now and its been running perfectly fine up until now. When i start my computer up, it shows the screen that has the HP logo and then stays their. I have to turn my computer on and off a few times for it too actually get past that screen and boot windows. Do any of you have some suggestions on how i can fix this?

computer specs -

HP Laptop
Intel Core Duo processor running at 2 GHz
Windows XP service pack 2

if you need any more specs ill be happy to provide

thanks in advance

A:Computer starts up, windows xp wont boot

Welcome to TSG....

Do you have the recovery software for your computer?

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Hi, im new on here but have used the site many times when looking for solutions to my problems.
I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 (win 7) which ran out of battery and shut down as normal. When i went to restart it it said that it could not restore the session so i could try again or delete the data and start again. I initially went for the restore (twice) but it failed to load up, causing the machine to abruptly shut down. I the decided to use the delete session and start again option which again, did not work and led to the machine abruptly shutting down.
I started the machine up again and was prompted to runthe startup repair software which again caused an abrupt shutdown. I managed to start in safe mode which lasted for 5 mins but again shut down abruptly.
On the last start up i got a blue screen saying something about a serious error, it only stayed on screen for 20 secs or so so i couldnt write it down.
I cant do anything as the machine shuts down anytime up to 5 mins after powering on - never getting windows 7 running.
The fan is also running constantly and appears to be working very hard.
I have not installed any new software (to the best of my knowledge)
Is it a HDD problem? or something else?
Can anyone please shed some light as to why this is happening and suggest a fix if possible. I need my computer back!!!
Thanks in advance,

A:Dell Inspiron1545 wont start up - system shuts down using startup repair

Hello! One small thought! Is your fan running and when is the last time you cleaned your vents??

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hey all, im new to the forum but i have a problem. My computer is an e-machines and is about a year old and for the past maybe 6 months ill turn it on and all the fans start up but the processor fan stops and then it wont boot up. Normally i just keep turning it on and off and it will eventually rev up really high and then slow down and then be fine adn work ok. Now its not doing anything, Just over and over turns on and then turns off while both other fans stay running. Power supply seems to be working properly. Doesnt make any noise and i have power everywhere. Any ideas? Thanks

A:Processor fan starts but stops and computer wont turn on

Sounds like the CPU fan is dead. Replace it. In my area a new CPU fan is $20-30.

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my computer windows xp dell wont read teh keyboard or mouse because it says it needs to be installed in the software wizard i cant install it because it wont work. i have rebooted it and also enable it to read usb devices and it still wont work idk what is the problem that it wont read it and want to know how to fix it

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My computer freezes many times when ill start it up and get to desktop. It wont take any commands after starting and ill have to shut it down by turning power off. It seems that when ill start my computer in safe mode and then ill restart and go back to normal mode it works normally. All these began after 2 latest updates.

A:Computer freezes to desktop when it starts and wont shut down.

tuplad89, Welcome to Seven Forums. This is not my area of expertise, but I would suggest, starting in normal mode. Hold down the windows key(the one with the flag on it) and push the "R" key. It will bring up a dialogue box. type msconfig in the box and go to the startup tab. Uncheck everything there except your anti virus program, you will be prompted to reboot. Do so. Reboot even if not pompted. after reboot go back and make sure everything is still unchecked. See if you notice a difference in your issue.

Next press the start button and open an elevated command prompt ( Start-type cmd in the search boz, right click the cmd entry there and select run as administrator) In that window that appears type/copy-paste sfc /scannow If you decide to type it notice the space between the SFC and the /. If it says it found no integrity issues, type exit and let us know. If it says it found problems it couldn't fix, exit and restart the computer. Do the same thing again run scannow again. reboot. Keep doing that for 3 or 4 times until you get found no integrity violations. It is scanning system files looking for corrupted or missing files and trying to replace/repair them. It may take up to 3 times with reboots in between.

Please let us know the results of those things.

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I tried to install a second harddrive on my pc last night, i did this before with no problems, i plugged it in, then the power came on for maybe 2-3 secs then turned off, then turned on again, i dont have any picture either, i checked the cords and hardware to see if they're loose, nothing. i have a presario, running xp home, please help, thanks.

A:No Picture, PC starts, shuts down, starts again

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No matter what option i pick in the safe mode list, the computer will not start. when i choose any of the safe modes, (safe mode, safe mode with networking etc) the computer displays a list of random commands (i dont understand any of it) and then restarts. If I try to Start Windows Normally, or use last settings that worked, it seems to start loading, and then restarts.

Any ideas?

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Many steps in this confusing journey.
1. Computer won't start - whirs but not beep.
2. Removed CMOS battery - computer booted up, but of course no access to programs or internet.
3. Replaced battery - everything booted up for about five minutes - then screen went blank (not blue) then computer shut down.
4. During that time I loaded the SpeedFan program to check temp. Motherboard seemed HOT (102 degrees).
5. Tried again - same thing.
6. Replaced battery again, carefully scraped off contact grease from CPU and heat sink, re-greased. Fired up computer and everything OK for about twenty-five minutes.
7. Blue screen.
8. Fired up computer - almost got everything going then screen went blank and computer shut down as in #3.
9. Popped off the cover and felt the heat sink - seemed OK.
10. Waited a bit and tried again. Back to situation #1 - computer won't start - whirs but no beep.

Any ideas?

A:Computer Starts - crashes - won't start

The fact that you are able to temporarily boot up your computer could point to a failing hard drive, or other such components. If you have not done so already, i would start from scratch. Remove all non-vital boot up components and try a start up each time. If a boot is successful, add another component into the mix. Doing this could allow you to pinpoint the failing component. Also, was there any strange activity from the computer before this incident, or was it very suddenly?


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computer won't start, so I reboot, then sometimes starts after setup repair, then freezes if not used.  I used the utility on startup up menu and used the bios option--nothing wrong with the memory or hard drive.

A:computer won't start, after reboot sometimes starts after se...

computer won't start up.  When I reboot and go through the repair utility, sometimes starts but then freezes if I leave it for some time.  I checked the hard drive and memory through the bios utility and they are fine.  What next?   

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