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Computer won't turn on

I can't get my computer to boot up. It keeps freezing and rebooting before I can get into my profile, sometimes I can't get that far. I was able to finally get into it via Safe Mode and then pulled all my really important docs off. All my email is still on there and I'd like to get it back. I checked to see if it needed to be defragged but it didn't and I ran check disk for 2 hours but no problems.

So, based upon that little bit of info, any clues as to what it could be? The computer was purchased on 12/30/04 so it’s 3 ½ years old. Micro Center special: PowerSpec 8344, 256MB RAM (I think I doubled this but can’t remember), 2.8GHz, 80GB HD (less than 1/2 full), running XP professional edition sp2.

Any wisdom you can share would be most appreciated. Thank you.

David

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  • dbuff May 14, 2008

    Thanks for the info. My hard drive was bad so I replaced it and added more ram to my existing 512MB. Thanks for the suggestions.

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Sounds like it may be a heating problem but if its doing it even after its barely been on a few minutes, then it could be a hardware issue. If you can boot in safe mode then try the basics.
First, power it off, remove and re-insert all the hardware I .E. the memory and the video card and any other PCI installed devices. Also try resetting the bios. unplug the machine and pop off the watch battery thats on the systems mainboard, wait a minute and then put it back in and plug it in and turn it on.

Also try booting in safe mode and checking the device manager for hardware errors.

try to back up all your stuff and try doing a System restore to a time before you started having the issues.

Also, WINXP uses about 512MB of ram just for the operating system, i suggest 768MB or more.

As a last resort, re-install windows.

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