Could occasional failure to boot be caused by

  wee eddie 20:05 23 Jul 2003
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a crack in the mobo, damage to the processor, or a dry joint or similar.

IBM Aptiva K500, 10Gb, 256Mg, W98se.

The HDD LED shows for about 5 seconds and then goes out.

After many switchings, On and Off (Not recognised by Windows as a incorrect close down), a flying dropkick and many pushings in, of cards and connections, it started.

Ran it for 48 hours while I ran IBM Diagnostics (nothing wrong)and started first time this morning. However it failed to start first time later in the day, but did on the second try.

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