June 3rd, 2005, 01:16 AM
computer can't boot up :/
I have a desktop I built myself a few months ago. It has an ASUS P5AD2 mobo, 3.4ghz, 1gb RAM, dual hard drive. It ran fine until today. All of a sudden my computer freezes while booting up or as soon as it enters windows. 1/2 the time when I turn it on the computer itself will boot but my screen will remain off. The computer's lights will be on but no sound of the hard drive working. After numerous restarts it'll eventually boot into windows but then freeze again.
I once got an error about overclocking. I never overclocked my system so that seems a bit strange. The system will also freeze in the BIOS setup utility.
I'm out of ideas :? and any advice is appreciated. I have windows xp home. Thanks
June 3rd, 2005, 02:35 AM
Sounds like symptoms of a power supply gone bad... Bad power supplies will cause alot of weird things, some of which you have described...
I would get a new power supply, or a power supply you know works and swap it with the bad one and see if the symptoms still occure...
June 3rd, 2005, 02:42 AM
Ack =) I was fearing that answer. I actually believe its the same thing :/ I bought a 400W power supply just a few months ago :/ its also hooked up to a surge protector. has PSU's been known to randomly give out with this small of a lifespan use?
June 3rd, 2005, 02:56 AM
Well it depends on the circumstances, was the power supply you have came with the case you bought? if so those don't last long... Was the power supply you got made from a known good company? If it's a no named brand, then I wouldn't be surprised if it died early...
June 3rd, 2005, 03:38 AM
It is a Thermaltake 400W power supply. It came with my Tsunami case
June 3rd, 2005, 03:48 AM
Well, that seems to be the problem, many companies will throw in a PSU so the case comes with a power supply and it helps marketing and such, but they usually throw in a cheap power supply to cut costs. Thermaltake is a known company, but that doesn't mean they don't make cheap power supplies... Much like intel is a known processor company, but they still sell celerons lol...
June 3rd, 2005, 04:42 AM
Grrr that makes me a bit angry. A faulty power supply could've seriously damaged my entire PC. Curse you thermaltake! (nice cases tho).
Thanks for the advice everyone. I'll be replacing my power supply. if it doesn't work I'll repost here =)
June 3rd, 2005, 05:16 AM
My question is thiso you get that dreadfull blue screen of death..??If so your ram might be the culprit as well..Do you have 2x512,s or 1x1gig ram..??Remove one by one if so and check again.Try safe mode boot as well..
hope it helps..
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June 3rd, 2005, 12:08 PM
Hi all, I've had the exact same problem with one of my pcs. At first i thought it was the power supply aswell and checked all the connections, even fitted a nice 500 watt one in to check and it still didnt work. Changed bios, didnt work. The last thing I thought it would be were virii. I took it into the local pc shop because i knew that whateva i was scanning it with - McAffee and spybot wasnt working. They scanned it for me and found over 40 Trojans, worms, the works really. This software is free aswell, its called avast and at www.avast.com , i would recommend it to anyone and apparently its as good as avg and norton!
So if the psu isnt faulty aperson, you should really get it scanned mate.
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June 3rd, 2005, 12:47 PM
Last time i checked virii did not crash a bios or make your pc refuse to give even when not even in windows.
There are a very small amount of bios viruses out there. But that is very rare to occur.
Not saying it cant happen but it is RARE to occur and most likely not the case. Go with the psu first.
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