Posted 28 June 2010 - 08:08 AM
I have an Emachine that was purchased in 2008 off the shelf. It currently has XP installed. I don't think it is specifically an XP problem, but that is what is installed so I will post it here.
Originally it came installed with Vista. A few weeks ago I noticed that when I turned it on, it would get part way through the startup process and just mysteriously power down, almost like a power blip because there would be no error message and no beep, just instant silence. I would push the power button again and would get the screen says that it shut down abnormally and could choose to enter safe mode. I would then pick normal boot up and then it would boot up. It usually would power down twice and then the third time it would start up. I have a friend who "knows computers". He doesn't like Vista, so he reformatted my hard drive, installed XP and gave it back to me. It continued to do the same problem. He figured it was the hard drive, so we bought a new hard drive and he installed XP on it and it does the same thing on the new hard drive. Now it will power down every time though. Once you get it up and running, it will run all day with no problems of it shutting down. It only appears to do it on startup.
I am on the computer right now. When I start it up, I have to push the power button the first time and it will boot up for maybe 3 seconds and then "power down" with no error messages or beeps. I then push the button again and choose safe mode with networking and it will run all day. The only catch here is that one time it actually "powered down" after I choose safe mode, but every other time, that option will allow the computer to boot and run normally (well minus a few functions like printing !)
Does anyone have any suggestions.