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Pc has trouble starting up


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#1 Bigmarco

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 02:55 PM

My pc is having trouble starting up sometimes. When loading the BIOS it stops at checking the primary/slave devices. It takes several minutes to continue and then it stops at the xp screen and keeps flashing the bars from left to right.
Can someone help me?

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 03:26 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

System manufacturer and model?

Laptop or desktop?

Do you have a Microsoft XP install CD?

Recent changes to hardware, software, or Windows?

How long has "sometimes" been in existence?

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#3 Bigmarco

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 01:10 AM

It doesn't have a manufacturer, some loose components fit together. Its a desktop and i have the install cd of xp.
There have been no changes in any way it just happend 3 weeks ago and is getting worse now.
When the pc does start up, it has a great chance of freezing after a half hour or so, the screen is then stuck and nothing is responding.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 07:03 AM

The first and easiest thing to check is for overheating. Pop the side of of the case and check for hair\dust build-up around all fans and vents. Also while you are in there make sure all fans are functioning.

A can of compressed air will do wonders.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 10:23 AM

It's not overheating, so that is not the problem.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 10:48 AM

At this point it could be software or hardware related.

Software related = possible infection. Since you said you have not made any changes.

Hardware = power supply, pending hard drive failure......

Was this a new build or used parts?

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 11:25 AM

Its about 2 years old, but the powersupply is only a 2 months old.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 11:33 AM

You said "when it does start up". Meaning there are times it will not at all?

When it does not start, do you have anything at all on the monitor? Do you have a light indicating the power is on.

If the PC is equipped with a hard drive activity indicator light is it on, blinking?

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 01:55 AM

When it doesn't start it just stays on the windows xp screen with the green bar going from left to right for hours.
I dont think i have a hard drive activity indicator.

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 02:51 AM

Access the Recovery Console by booting from the Windows XP installation CD.
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Check whether your system will boot from a CD:
Press the ON button, insert the bootable CD in the optical drive, and then restart the system. You may have to "press any key to boot from CD" when prompted. Does your system boot from the CD? If not, then follow the steps below.

The system will only boot from an optical drive (CD or DVD) if the boot options in BIOS direct it to do so. Change the boot options in BIOS if necessary, so that the system boots from the optical drive (after having inserted the CD)...and reboot the system. You will then have access to the Recovery Console.

How to check and/or change the boot options in BIOS ...

To access the Motherboard BIOS Setup Menu:
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

Your BIOS Setup Menu will look and work something like this:
http://www.hiren.info/pages/bios-boot-cdrom
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CHECK DISK .... from RECOVERY CONSOLE

How to use CHKDSK in the XP Recovery Console:
http://pirules3.14.googlepages.com/recovery_console_chkdsk

Type the command chkdsk /r (with a space before the /) and press ENTER key.
There are 5 stages. This might take some time to complete.
If any errors are found it may be prudent to repeat the process.

Does your computer start normally now?

Edited by AustrAlien, 03 September 2009 - 02:52 AM.

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