Was online and pc locked up, could not shut down, had to use the power button. Restarted PC, fan runs but windows will not start, cannot get past Gateway's logo. McAfee Anti Virus is installed on system.
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If there are programs (Norton, McAfee, other bigger programs) running in the background it will take a while for Windows to shut down. If you can't wait for it to shut down, you can press/hold the power button down for a few seconds and Windows will shut down.
This issue also cause by a hard drive errors, check your hard drive for errors. In My Computer window, right click Local Disk C select Properties, go to Tools tab, click Check Now button, put check on Automatically Fix Errors and Recovery of Bad Sectors, then restart your computer to run the check disk operation.
Also read this solutions regarding about Windows XP Shutdown and Restart Troubleshooting
old old old laptops, with windows 2000 or XP, (doomed for sure there both are VIRUS MAGNETS AND ZERO SUPPORT NOW) a circa 2006 LT. (3+ years before W7 sold) now the power fails. (could be a blessing....)
NO OS stated, what operating system is on this old dog. XP?
Fans dead, means power failure. BIOS dead, same or screen dead. does external VGA screens work, not if it shuts off sure.
step 1 is does it run with the battery out, main battery huge. does it?
click Laptops black screens of deathhh here.
windows can freeze for many reasons, 1000s. but is 2, in truth corruption or power loss.
you push the power button, battery out. you hear fans,see lights but vastly more important are the BIOS messages on the screen. on my HP's power on, battery out. line cord in AC jack and power pack connected we push power, and the screen always shows "hit ESC to setup BIOS" or some other key on OLD DOGS. it must if not you have no power. easy no? if this works and the hot key ESC (0r your prompted ) key works, and bios screens work what is next the HDD and its corrupted OS.
we then in a real shop boot to live windows PE stick or CD or Linux CD. live. omg the the computer works and is bad OS on my old dog HDD.
I don't know if you've tried this yet,but here it is just in case.
Click Start, and then click Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance>Power Options>In the Power Options Properties dialog box, on the Power Schemes tab, click the Power schemes drop-down list and select the power scheme that most closely matches how you use your computer.
adjust the System standby and System hibernates settings if you are not happy with the default selection. On the Advanced tab, you can adjust the default behavior of the power buttons on your computer. Click Apply>OK
reinstall the OS ! Just overrite it over the previouse xp so u won;t lose data ...
..most probably u are missing some files ... .. or u have virusez issues. Ofecourse there is the posibility of hardware mallfunction, but considering microsofts reputation ... probably thats not the issue ...
What version of windows are you running? Also, when did this problem start and how old is your PC?
On 2000/XP: On your start menu click on Run and type the following command: SHUTDOWN -s -t 01 This will shut down windows, and then you can safely turn off your computer. You may have to hold the power button for 10 seconds before it turns off.
NOTE: This is not a fix, just a temporary solution.
Hi jderek4, try this. locate the toggle switch on the back of the power supply. Just find it do not flip it.
Plug the PSU's power cord into the PC. Just as you got a good connection & the PC begains to power up move the toggle switch to it's other position. The PC should power off that very second.
If the PC does not shut off than the PSU is bad. If it did shut down wait a few seconds. Press the cases power on button. The PC should start to boot up. Let it finish loading. Click the start button & choose to shut down windows. The PC should shut off.
Yes? If not than your back to (bad power supply). Swap it out.