My friend's compaq automatically turns on during the night, sometimes 2 or 3 times. Not always at the same time - except 3am seems to be the norm. How can I stop this? However, I don't know the exact model (I do not believe it is the SR1050 but I couldn't find anything on the posts closer).
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Sounds like it is overheating. Pull the side panel off of it, clean the fan blades and vents. 3am may be the time that it looks for updates.
You may also want to download a free version of Super antispyware as well as malawarebytes, just to make sure you are not infected. These two programs together will remove problems that other virus software will miss!
Boot into Safe Mode by pressing F8 during boot and...
disabling startup programs. Go to Start > Run (search in Win 7) and type
MSConfig. In Startup tab, uncheck anything that you don't want Windows to
load automatically. It will make Windows boot faster and use less resources
while running. This just disables them in startup. Programs will still load,
but when only you initiate.
What have you recently plugged in as new hardware ? this F1 response indicates that a piece of hardware is not properly configured to run , and F1 is the offered option to go to CMOS to complete the installation.A most likely item will be a USB powered piece of hardware.
Check your Processor FAN and Heatsink lock if the heatsink firmly sit tight on your processor, sometimes the heatsink lock is lossen making the processor extremely heat and shutdowns automatically, if its ok, then try replacing your powersupply.
It sounds like you are having startup issues even though you hear it coming on. Sometimes when u have viruses and such you see major hardware inconsistence. My advice download this Free home edition anti-virus AVAST, once you install it will automatically prompt you to do a Boot time scan, which will scan your entire computer for infections at the start-up. That should most likely fix your problem.
Sounds like the PC is running into a hardware failure and the Compaq splash screen is probably hiding some additional information. It?s been a long time since I've owned a Compaq, however, what you need to do first is eliminate the Compaq screen to show us whatever boot details it may be hiding. I seem to recall on my old Compaq (and most Dells) I had to disable the Compaq screen in the BIOS settings.
Hitting the F10 key as soon as the Compaq screen appears I believe will get you into the BIOS program, however, be warned if you change anything in there by accident you will be causing yourself a world of trouble.
After you get into there you want to look for the Boot selection of the menu. In there somewhere will be a setting referring to something similar to ?reveal boot details? or hide splash or Compaq screen?. If it isn?t obvious let me know, I?ll have access to an older Compaq with a similar BIOS and can give you more details.
If you are able to disable the splash screen reboot the PC and watch for errors. Based on the age of the machine and past history I suspect you?ll find a boot disk or read error.