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Startup problems

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#1 medcar


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:45 PM

My parent's 9-year-old computer has been having issues starting up recently.  If you try to turn it on, the fans and hard drive spin up, but the monitor never displays anything.  If you unplug it and leave it for several minutes, when you plug it back it will start up normally on the first or second try, and it seems to run normally.  Since it doesn't even make it to the BIOS splash screen, I'm thinking it's a not hard drive or software related problem, and it's clearly not the power supply.  Is this a motherboard problem, or could it be something else?

Edited by hamluis, 04 November 2013 - 09:34 PM.
Moved from XP to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.

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#2 jhayz


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 12:05 AM

:welcome: to Bleeping Computer medcar!

Please post if the computer is a branded desktop (model) or a custom built next time. When was the last time it was cleaned internally from dust bunnies? Was the CMOS battery already replaced just to make sure its not part of the problem? Is the desktop running on built-in graphics or a dedicated one?


#3 XAQman


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 02:58 AM

With the limited information given try this:


Replace the CMOS battery? (It's the 2032 button cell)

If you have multiple sticks of RAM put just one it, if it still doesn't work stick the other stick in, if the one stick works place the other stick in.

Check around the CPU for any puffy topped or leaking capacitors.

Make sure all fans are spinning, this includes the PSU fan.

Make sure all the PSU connections are snug and clipped in properly.

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