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#1 kbrownie

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 06:33 AM

Hi all, I hope someone can help me. I can start my pc in the morning, but if i've been using it for a while and then turn it off if I have to go out, when I try and turn it back on the light flashes but nothing else happens. I have to leave it alone for hours before it will start, I sometimes have to leave it overnight. Please help me.

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Posted 18 November 2006 - 07:39 AM

It could be a sticky hard drive.

If you open the case turn on the computer and give the hard drive a gentle tap, with the handle of a screwdriver, this sometimes works. If it is that then it would be best to replace the hard drive ASAP.
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 11:42 AM

This could also be a servics problem in windows.

Running a "SFC /scannow" should do the trick

click Start, click Run, type SFC/scannow , let it run, reboot when finished

NOTE: Thiw will requite either an I386 folder (located at %systemroom%/I386) or the windows XP cd
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 02:57 PM

The fact that you have to wait a long period of time to be able to boot-up again leads me to believe that this is not a software problem but rather a heat related hardware problem.

I think that something (probably on the motherboard) is expanding when warm and breaking a connection. When it cools down, the materials contract and the connection is re-established.

If this is a desktop rather than a laptop, open the case and gently and very carefully make sure all connections are tight. (With the computer shut down, ground yourself to its frame by touching it to eliminate a possible static electricity charge which can hose any of the electronics on your computer).

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 06:34 PM

I'm really leery about whacking a hard drive (although I did have a car with an electric fuel pump that needed a whack now and then).

Once you get into Windows, run a few of the tests from this post: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/70216/hardware-troubleshooting-via-system-stripdown/ (Don't do the system stripdown yet).

Once that's done we'll have to choose between hardware and software troubleshooting - software's more complicated (and longer), but hardware is more expensive.
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 01:47 PM

Hi all, I've checked all connections and run the scannow, it says there are dll files missing and asks for the xp cd but i did'nt have one with my pc as it was preinstalled, what do i do now? thankyou.

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 03:19 PM

hunt each Dll individually. (you'll have to google a website, I don't have one offhand)
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