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I'm getting problems with my computer powering up. I'm getting only a partial power up it seems at times on my E Machine T3140. It takes several tries of shutting down and then restarting before I get the startup of the hard drive and here the fans. Usuaully I get it accessing each drive but it doesn't go to the DOS screen or Windows.

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  • djpaystrup Aug 02, 2009

    What's my best line of attack. I back up my data to a external. But I'm no PC repair guy. Should I take it as a best bet. I bought it from Best Buy, but I'm sure the warranty is expired.

  • djpaystrup Aug 04, 2009

    Thanks. I'll try that.


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It could be several things:

  • Bad CMOS battery; the CMOS battery holds onto information about the last time the machine shut down and last good configuration; a bad battery will fail to hold onto the last good config and try to start in safe mode; a symptom of this is if your clock is constantly wrong
  • Bad Power Supply; the PS needs to fire up everything simultaneously; if any aspect fails to power up, it will prevent the machine from booting
  • Loose RAM
  • Loose plug on hard drive
Please post back with any questions. Best of luck.

Posted on Aug 02, 2009

  • Greg Margossian
    Greg Margossian Aug 02, 2009

    Unplug and open the machine and check for any loose connections. Make sure the RAM sticks are firmly in place. You should see a small round metal disk. This is your CMOS battery. They are inexpensive and easy to replace. They're held in with small prongs. I'd take this approach and fire up the machine again to see if this fixes your problem before bringing it to a technician. If it works, you've saved yourself some money and if it doesn't, all you've invested is a few bucks and your time.


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