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#1 retrac1324

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 05:38 AM

I was recently using my Gateway desktop and the power in the whole house went out for about 10 seconds. I left the PC off for about 10 mins but when I turned it on, the light on the power button fades in and out constantly like it's hibernating or something. But it still boots up and loads Windows 7 fine. Except all USB peripherals and PCI wireless card have no power. Same thing happens in safe mode. But they do work outside of the OS (like I can use the keyboard to enter the bios but once Windows loads, the keyboard turns off).

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:13 PM

Have you tried using Last Known Good Configuration or System Restore.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:45 PM

Sounds like your power schemes are messed and is not properly distributing power to your ports.

Access again your BIOS and load fail safe settings and see if that works.
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:07 PM

Sounds like your power schemes are messed and is not properly distributing power to your ports.

Access again your BIOS and load fail safe settings and see if that works.


I tried resetting the BIOS to defaults but it doesn't help.

Have you tried using Last Known Good Configuration or System Restore.


System Restore has been disabled on this computer. I tried Last Known Good Configuration but that doesn't change anything since Windows boots up fine either way. I get to the desktop but I just can't move the mouse/use the keyboard/no internet

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:25 PM

How many external devices are connected to the PC?

I am not sure, but if we can reduce the power load to the PC perhaps you can gain access to the PC and turn back all the power settings to normal.

Otherwise, a nuke and pave will have to be done.
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 04:02 PM

How many external devices are connected to the PC?

I am not sure, but if we can reduce the power load to the PC perhaps you can gain access to the PC and turn back all the power settings to normal.

Otherwise, a nuke and pave will have to be done.


I disconnected all external devices except for mouse and keyboard. I also removed the PCI Wireless card. All the hardware runs fine in other operating systems including Windows 7, just not the current installation of it that I use. That's why I'm almost certain it's a software problem. I also ran sfc /scannow and chkdsk and startup repair.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 05:05 PM

Thats what I thought also, I guess you have no choice but to nuke it and pave it.

Good luck in reinstalling the OS.
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