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could this be a power supply problem?

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#1 Bernie70


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:10 AM

I inherited a desktop computer from some relatives. It runs Vista great but occasionally, I can't power it up.   I unplug the power supply for a few minutes, and then plug it back in.  Try to power it up and sometimes the fan turns on and that's it.  Then, freakishly, it will power up like normal.   I do get the screen that says "windows didn't shut down properly" but i select to Start normally and its fine.     Could this be the power supply?  Do I just need a new power cord?  Thank you.



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:41 AM


The power supply could be the problem and so could some other components. I don't think the cord is a problem, unless you see damage to it.

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 10:05 AM

I would power it down then open it and pull each installed part, cards, ram etc one at a time and re-seat them.

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 01:07 PM

To add to OldPhil's recommendation, I would try running it with one stick of RAM at a time to see if that makes a difference.

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