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PC having trouble starting up

Hey there
I hope there is someone out there that can help me get my PC running.
Few months ago while i was busy downloading emails from the internet our area were having really bad power surges and since then my computer was having problems. I restarted it as soon as the power came back on but it just keeps restarting all the time without going into windows. I suspected the hard drive was corrupted and replaced it last week but Its still doing the same. Here it is.
The computer starts up, makes the one normal beep but as soon as its about the start calculating the RAM it just stops and restarts. I finally got it to enter Bios after several unsuccessful tries. The Bios is seeing the 512MB ram so I doubt it could be faulty.
Yesterday I could start the machine with the windows XP cd and it continues installing the DLL files etc. But as soon as the screen comes up saying Setup is loading windows it just stops and restarts again. After several restarts it will give me an error: something like the system has failed to boot several times...
I'm not an expert on computers etc but I do know pretty much and I know enough in Dos to sort out minor errors (if i could just get the pc to start up in dos) Pressing F8 on startup just gives me a blank screen with blinking cursor.
Please help

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  • Angela N Apr 30, 2008

    Thanks for that question. Didn't even suspect it could be the power supply. The fan at the back of the power supply is not spinning at all. So I switched it off and let it rest for a while and tried moving the fan with a pen but it feels really tight. I have ordered a new towercase with psu in it, so lets see if that helps.


  • Kevin Flannagan
    Kevin Flannagan May 11, 2010

    Have you checked to see if the power supply was fried in the power outage? It is not all that uncommon.



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If there is more than one stick of RAM memory installed try removing each one in turn and start the computer. You may have one bad stick of memory.

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