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Computer turns on for a second only and then loops.


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#1 Twinbird

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:41 PM

Desktop PC (Compaq Presario S6000NX) turns on for a split second (lights, fans spin, etc.) but then shuts off right after, and then turns back on, shuts off, etc. in a continuous loop. Before this, the PC was working just fine, I take the case off and notice the Floppy Drive is not connected to the power supply (only the cable was connected to the motherboard, I was getting a Floppy Drive error during POST so I decided to have a look inside) so I connect the power cable and attempt to turn the PC back on and I get this looping problem. I disconnected the power from the drive but I'm still left with this problem. :(

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:36 PM

When you press the power button start pressing F8 and do so until a page similar to the one below appears.

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Once that appears click on Disable automatic restart on system failure.

Usually when this happens it is because the is another problem with the operating system and once the restart is stopped will produce a BSOD. If this happens, please post the error code at the top of the page.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:12 AM

I was getting a Floppy Drive error during POST

Did you try removing the power and data connectors first and check on the difference? Remove or replace also the CMOS battery for a couple of minutes then reinsert it firmly.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:06 PM

Hi Twinbird

I've seen this before and if your problem is the same then here is what might fix it.

The BIOS got reset and that makes it start searching for a floppy when it wasn't before. Often the BIOS gets reset when the CMOS battery needs to be replaced like Jhayz mentioned.

Completely disconnect the floppy drive (or even just pull out the power plug on it like it was before. It was probably unplugged on purpose because it was broken).

Start the computer and keep pressing F10 to get into the BIOS (I'm pretty sure it's F10 on those but it will say on the screen if it is different)

Once in the BIOS the main screen should have an entry for the FLOPPY DRIVE that you can set to NOT INSTALLED.

Then save the settings (F10 again I think) and reboot.

You should look into replacing the CMOS battery, especially if it works a few times and then starts telling you that the floppy drive is missing again.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:54 PM

Thanks for the replies. I've tried replacing the CMOS battery (didn't help) and I wasn't able to get to the F8 menu (the computer would power on for literally a second and turn off, pressing F1, F12, F8 didn't do anything). I've posted this problem on 2 other forums and was able to narrow the problem down to a faulty power supply. So my PC is working now :)

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:09 PM

Thanks for posting the Results

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