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Unable to reboot

My computer keeps turning on and off so that I can't reboot with my xp cd. It keeps showing that my computer shut down due to power failure, etc and it shows that I can restart using normal mode, safe mode, etc, but when I highlight them and hit ener---computer shus down and turn back on and keeps recycling on/off

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  • Serbob May 11, 2010

    You've probably got a hardware failure somewhere. I'd try removing a stick of RAM and see if that helps first. From there it could be power supply, hard drive or mother board.

    Can you get to the BIOS? If so, you can do a memory check.


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Sounds to me like you have a bad or dying power supply. Try finding a friend with a working power supply and hook it up to your computer, if the problem ceases, then go get yourself a new power supply. If the problem persists, it may be an issue with cables or the fuse, maybe even a bad motherboard.

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There are Various(different) Methods to Reboot Your Computer 1.) Click "Start," then "Turn Off Computer," then "Restart." else 2.) Press "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete" simultaneously. Then click "Shut Down" and select "Restart." 3.) Press and hold the power key. Most systems will power down after about five seconds. This will force a hard power down. This method does not give hardware in the system, such as hard drives, a warning that power will be lost, so it is not graceful and should only be done if the above methods did not work. 4.) Unplug your computer and plug it in. And turn on the computer. This will also make force a hard power down, "Make sure that if the other command/option did not work (function)" so you should only do it if other methods did not work.
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Else if you want to Reboot Your Computer into Safe Mode Here are the step to run in a "safe mode" 1.) Turn off your computer and Wait for few seconds. 2.) Restart your computer. 3.) Start tapping the "F8" key for a while and wait till the "windows advanced option" menu appear. 4.) When the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" appears, select "Safe Mode" using the arrow keys on your computer and press "Enter" key in your keyboard.

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