Windows won't boot POST XP2


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Guest

For the last several days I had virtually no luck in entering windows XP. I
have reinstalled XP (repaired it) I have tried entering safe mode and last
known good configuration. While the sytem loads up and then enters the
Windows XP primary page (with the bar that moves from left to right) the
entire computer just shuts off at various points throughout the process. This
SHUTOFF occurs at different points sometimes right at the beginning and some
times after I have entered my user name password and the the desktop is about
to open. I should mention that I have accessed the desktop and everything
works fine but eventually the computer will shut off at a random interval. I
have to manually shut off the computer and try it anywhere from 5 trimes to
50 times if I am lucky I will get into my Windows XP Pro. Is this a hardware
problem if so what would you think it could be? If it is something Ican solve
at home (software please inform).

I would really appreciate your help.
 
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Sharon F

For the last several days I had virtually no luck in entering windows XP. I
have reinstalled XP (repaired it) I have tried entering safe mode and last
known good configuration. While the sytem loads up and then enters the
Windows XP primary page (with the bar that moves from left to right) the
entire computer just shuts off at various points throughout the process. This
SHUTOFF occurs at different points sometimes right at the beginning and some
times after I have entered my user name password and the the desktop is about
to open. I should mention that I have accessed the desktop and everything
works fine but eventually the computer will shut off at a random interval. I
have to manually shut off the computer and try it anywhere from 5 trimes to
50 times if I am lucky I will get into my Windows XP Pro. Is this a hardware
problem if so what would you think it could be? If it is something Ican solve
at home (software please inform).

I would really appreciate your help.
Could be overheating. Fans working? Dust bunnies cleaned out around and in
the case? Good airflow around vents? Could be related to power supply too.
 
G

Guest

Thanks Sharon, I will claen it in and out and check the fans. Other than that
anybody have any other ideas?
 
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Guest

Sharon Is right, but if that doesn't work
(Maybe her words true if that happens after 10 to 30 minutes after startup)
I think it is The MainBoard (I had this problem with a some friend's PC)
Check the capacitors next to the Processor (Cylinder black things) if it is
not blown (I mean it seems fat from the top with something flown and dried
from them) then you have to Check the RAM on the PC.
Try to smell anything unusual into the PC case
By the way is their any Laser Printers attached to your PC and What is the
mainboard's trademark
 
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Sharon F

Sharon Is right, but if that doesn't work
(Maybe her words true if that happens after 10 to 30 minutes after startup)
I think it is The MainBoard (I had this problem with a some friend's PC)
Check the capacitors next to the Processor (Cylinder black things) if it is
not blown (I mean it seems fat from the top with something flown and dried
from them) then you have to Check the RAM on the PC.
Try to smell anything unusual into the PC case
By the way is their any Laser Printers attached to your PC and What is the
mainboard's trademark
Good point. Overheating is usually within a set time limit. For example:
always about 5 minutes after startup. Your times are more random. But if
the CPU fan is out, activity of the CPU could factor in. It's more active
at startup and during some activities. Most systems will shutdown when the
CPU reaches a certain temp and a restart is not possible until it cools
down. This could cause shutdowns that seem more random.

Wouldn't hurt to check cables while cleaning out the case and possibly
reseat some cards to be sure they haven't worked loose. If you have a
display adapter with its own fan, check that it's operating too.

Can think of other hardware reasons for shutdowns besides those that have
been mentioned. If unable to track down the problem with your resources and
experience level, you might consider having a repair shop look over the
system.
 
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Guest

Hey folks,

Thanks for the advice. Possibly others may have the same problem so I hope
they can get the same advice. I cleaned out the case but it wasn't the
problem and the fans (4 of them plus a heatsink and power fans). It looks
like it may be the capacitors as four of the six have just a little stuff
coming out of the top, where the crosshairs of the metal meet, this by
reasearch (look at the below link) means they are "blown?". Any advice on
fixing these myself or should I just take the MB (or the entire computer)into
a local shop. I live in Japan so it may be easier or more difficult.

http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/2003Feb/bch20030207018535.htm

and check out the links within that page

sincerely,
Colin
 
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Sharon F

Hey folks,

Thanks for the advice. Possibly others may have the same problem so I hope
they can get the same advice. I cleaned out the case but it wasn't the
problem and the fans (4 of them plus a heatsink and power fans). It looks
like it may be the capacitors as four of the six have just a little stuff
coming out of the top, where the crosshairs of the metal meet, this by
reasearch (look at the below link) means they are "blown?". Any advice on
fixing these myself or should I just take the MB (or the entire computer)into
a local shop. I live in Japan so it may be easier or more difficult.

http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/2003Feb/bch20030207018535.htm

and check out the links within that page

sincerely,
Colin
I would check with the motherboard manufacturer. There was a rash of "bad"
capacitors. Most mfrs that used these bad parts have offered some kind of
adjustment for their customers (repairs, replacements, etc).
 
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Update on this matter:

Computer not BOOTING so check the capacitors. Unfortunately the motherboard
failed three days aftre the warrantee, go figure. I'm sure it was the
capictors as I replaced the motherboard and everything works sweet
now,although everything had to be reinstalled the old hard drive was fine.

Thanks for all of your help. I think many others might have this probelm now
or in the future, so I hope windows or the motherboad mfctrs better inform
their customers.

In Japan they supposedly do not fix capacitors so I had to buy a new
motherboard... weak.
 

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