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Strange behavior Last night my computer got a black screen in the middle of me doing something then began acting odd. When I turned it back on the yellow light in the front (the "thinking" light) began flashing rapidly. It did this a while then the computer came back up as usual. A while later it turned black again and the light began to flash. Ever since then the comp will start up normally once in a great while but mostly it just flashed the yellow light at me rapidly. I unplugged it when I went to bed and it stayed off all night. This morning I plugged it in and it turned it's self on and is still flashing. It starts out rapid then gets slower and slower till it seems to shut it's self off then turns it's self back on and does it all again. It ignores the power button and only unplugging it makes it stop. Any theories? I am very confused at this strange behavior.

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  • VampireVenus May 04, 2008

    It won't come up anymore so I have no way to disable anything on it. Is an e machines T2642

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Hi,

Initially, pls try disabling the hibernation feature of your computer.

Other than that, would appreciate if you can post back the make and model of your computer.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on May 04, 2008

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    Louie Role May 04, 2008

    Hi again VampireVenus ,

    My apologies for the delay in response. I had to iron out something with some of my colleagues about your post

    To your problem at hand; If I am not mistaken, the unit is a couple of years old and therefore we could expect some deterioration in any of the hardware components. It is also possible that it could be due to dirt accumulated. If you feel comfortable opening your unit and performing a DIY (do-it-yourself), then it should be possible to restore the PC to operational status.

    Why don't we try cleaning first the inside. Upon removal of the side panel, pls pay special attention to the following:
    1. heatsink and fan of the CPU;
    2. memory and memory slots;
    3. video card, video card heatsink & blower, AGP slot;
    4. additionally, you can use a pencil eraser to clean the little gold pins of the memory and the video card (assuming the computer has an add-on video card and not a built-in to the motherboard).

    A clean, dry paint brush would help. A vacuum cleaner would also be nice. For those areas that are hard to reach, a can of compressed air could be used.

    Additionally, there would be a coin size battery inside, should it possible, it may also be worth your while to replace it.

    Further, pls verify that the cables are connected snug and fit.

    Will look forward to your update(s).


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    Louie Role May 08, 2008

    Any development with your concern?

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