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Infected pc boots up intermittently

My friend's pc has an ASUS P5S800-VM motherboard with a 14 GIG hdd that has a pirated copy of XP, trojans and infected with viruses. He has since bought a new version of XP (that I will install, once I format the disk), but the pc only boots up occasionally. I think it's because Microsoft has shut it down, but I'm wondering if it has other physical problems such as a defective power supply. Once the pc has booted up, hooking it up with an ethernet cable doesn't allow it to suft the internet. I diagnosed the connection, and it's fine. Internet Explorer stays offline. Is this caused by Microsoft? The first time I booted up the pc over the weekend, I remember seeing a message from Microsoft about piracy, which is why I suspect this is the culprit. Are these typical signs of Microsoft shutting down the pc? Thanks for your help, Alan

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  • alan_leblanc May 18, 2009

    Whenever I press the power button, nothing happens. It has only powered up once for every several attempts. From all your answers, I suspect the power supply is the culprit. I know I can buy one locally to replace it, but now I'm wondering if it's all worth while putting more money into this boat anchor. The CDROM also doesn't work, so it would need to be replaced as well. I appreciate all your answers. Thanks.

  • rjivaro May 11, 2010

    If it is infected with trojans and virus's, I wonder if that could cause the problems you are having, instead of microsoft.

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Have you formattedthe disk and installed the new version of XP? If not please do so immediately as it may be affected by viruses which are not allowing you to open any websites? After installing XP run a windows update and then install the latest version of any antivirus software. if the problem still appears contact us immediately.

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There's nothing Microsoft (or anyone else, like a virus) can do to cause hardware problems. If the system starts up and accesses the hard drive properly, the computer itself is fine. Disconnect the hard drive and try starting the machine. If all's right with the hardware it will go all through its POST and startup steps, then complain about not being able to boot.

Once you install a fresh copy of XP and activate with a legitimate key, you shouldn't have any problems. Just be sure to install good antivirus and antispyware software, download and install available Microsoft updates. You should also switch from Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox as a browser. Firefox is not as open to the exploits used to infect computers through websites.

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    If the thing is recent enough vintage processor and memory, it would be worth putting in the parts. A new DVD burner is about $20 online now and power supplies around $30. You already have the copy of XP, so why not? You couldn't buy a new machine for under $100.

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Microsoft does not "shut down" computers. If the PC is not booting every time it is because of the viruses or the power supply. If you press the power button and nothing happens I suspect the power supply. If you see the start-up screen every time you press the power button, but the computer does not finish booting go ahead and install your legal copy of Windows and that will fix the problem. Make sure you have the drivers for your motherboard, you'll need them to install things like chipset, nic, video, and sound drivers.

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    In my opinion it is not worth fixing if you want to run any modern programs. If you just want internet connectivity and run older games it will do that okay.

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