I shut down my desktop today after editing through hundreds of photos - it was running slow. Shut it down as usual with the shut down function. Started it back up and it beeps once, goes to windows start up and then goes black and says "no signal". 3-4 restarts later and it worked. Any ideas on what is going on?
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Let's see if anyone else has a suggestion, but it sounds a bit like the DDC info is not being transferred correctly by the monitor OR you have a bad graphics driver. You should try and boot up in Windows Safe-More by pressing f8 before the windows logo shows on the screen during the boot process. if this does not help, I would suspect hardware malfunction, which means you should connect another known working screen to the computer for testing.
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Shut off the unit; when you turn it back on pay attention to the screen as it should display a message to hit a certain key on the keyboard that will bring you to a screen that will allow to chose starting in normal mode. This message will come up quick on the screen so you need to choose the key on the keyboard rather quickly or the system will just start-up as it usually does.
Totally shut down all power to the PC and remove any connected devices such as a mouse or external hard drive. SHUT DOWN by holding power button long enough to actually hear the PC shutdown. It is a "fizzling" signal. Also disconnect power sources that are plugged in. They are not shut down when they still have a power source. Take a decent break. Then one by one restore power to the charger, the PC, any other devices (including a printer). Often this solves the problem. Good luck.
Sorry you are having trouble. Laptops run a little hot but I think you are right about the overheating. The cheapest fix is to get an underneath cooler from somewhere like Best Buy. They sell for around $20. To really fix the problem will require finding out why it is getting hot. Usually this is a program that is "hogging" the processor's time. There are programs available that will make your fans run faster and processor run cooler. Some are free. Some cost a lot. If the fan has stopped or slowed it needs to be replaced. If you are very patient you can attempt to replace it yourself but be aware many a laptop has died as a result of being opened improperly. My advice is take to a shop if under cooler does not help.
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Extremely slow operation can be the sign of many issues. The first of them is the hard drive failing. (I suspect this as the most likely reason.) You should be able to run hard drive diagnostics from the F12 menu. If they fail, replace the HDD.
If the diags pass, then next thing I would look at is free space available. At a minimum, you should have 10% OF THE HARD DRIVE free for Windows to cache data. Dropping below 5% usually effect dramatic slow downs and below 2% can prevent internet access too.
Other possiblities include Virus/Spyware infection