Posted 03 February 2010 - 02:48 PM
Hey everyone, long time reader first time poster.
I've got a machine here that I've been working on for quite a while. The hardware checks out ok. It is a Dell Dimension 2400. It came to me because it wouldn't boot. The first time I looked at it a chkdsk /r/f fixed the boot issue. So I sent it on it's way. Now it is back and being even more stubborn. I was able to do a windows repair on it last night and then run some updates and fix a couple programs. It rebooted during this multiple times. I turned it off when I went home, but I came back in and it was having the same issue again. Now... like I said earlier, the hardware all checks out. No burst caps, no overheating, ram is good, cpu tested good. The only thing I haven't really tested yet was the PSU. I unplugged the second optical drive and I was able to get into windows.
So my question is, can a flakey psu cause windows to stay at the loading screen and not completely boot up?
Thanks in advance.