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Computer does not boot up completely -shuts down by itself

Hi. I am having problems with my computer booting up completely. What happens is when I turn it on..power supply and fan turns will go through the normal cycle of boot up...floppy drive lights up and dvd drive light lights up...then I hear this "clicking" sound repeatedly then the computer shuts off by itself. I tried unhooking the components separately and thought it might have been the DVD writer. Bought a new one. Restarted the system and then it shuts itself down completely again. Also tried swapping a different hard drive but the system still shuts down. What else could it be?

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  • chris-tasker Feb 01, 2009

    i have the exact same problem...mine will only run in safe mode?

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    same problem as person above and i replaced hardrive and it still happened theeen i brought it to a friends house works perfect no shutdowns maybe the wall socket is shorted?



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You hav problem with with your hard drive............

your c: drive partition may crashed.......

check with disk manager.......


replace hard drive and install windows.......

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  • nick1565 Mar 04, 2009

    check drive configuration in BIOS


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For xp there was a update called service pack 3 witch caused alot of compaq to just boot the shut off this seems to be ur problem although i am not sure of ur pc's brand hope this helps

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