Posted 18 June 2010 - 09:42 AM
I have an AMD processor on a NVIDIA mother board. Just a few days ago we lost power overnight, and in the morning when I tried to start up my computer it made it to the Windows XP splash screen and then shut itself down. I tried several more times to reboot the computer, and it did the same thing. On occasion it will make it just past the splash screen and the desktop background will appear, but then again it shuts itself down.
I replaced the hard drive and tried reloading windows onto the new hard drive. The OS seemed to load just fine and I made it all the way through the install process, but then the computer once again shut itself down at, or just after, the splash screen.
I have the computer protected by a surge protector with a 900 Joules, 1875W rating. The breaker in the surge protector didn't switch, so I don't believe there was damage coming in on the power line that caused the problem.
Additionally I inherited a Toshiba laptop exhibiting the same problem. It boots up to the XP start up screen, and crashes. I would really like to be able to use both of these computers, but short of shotgunning components I'm at a loss as to what to do.