Help! Big bootup problem

  MisterPaul 09:18 12 Apr 2006
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This tends to happen if I try to restart my pc, but occasionally can happen at any time.

I have a 2 year old HP pc. When I switch it on, the fan starts, and there is an amount of noise, but no beep. Then nothing happens. If I turn it back off by holding down the button, and leave it for a few hours, it is usually ok. I get the beep and it boots up fine.

I am getting a bit worried about this, as if it goes completely I fear I will lose the hard drive.

Has anyone got any idea what is going on?

Thanks

Paul

  Diodorus Siculus 09:24 12 Apr 2006

I'm not sure what's going on but I would suggest you back up your data as soon as possible.

  MisterPaul 21:03 12 Apr 2006

bump...

  MisterPaul 15:47 13 Apr 2006

I take it nobody knows then?

  SANTOS7 15:57 13 Apr 2006

No bios beeps. If you truly don't hear anything, either your computer's power supply, motherboard, or PC speaker is no good...
I would replace your PSU first if you know anybody who has a spare to test in your system (better news)
if you still have the same problem then it is likely to be your Mobo replacing that is obviously a little more complex.
As for loosing your data i do not think it is your HDD, by the same token it is wise to keep all your important files/data backed up at regular intervals as you never know, your next problem may be terminal...

  Fateful Shadow 15:59 13 Apr 2006

For now I would do as Diodorus Siculus says. Get all your data backed up just incase. It sounds like something hardware related and you say it happens from time to time? Maybe a component is overheating? I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to system architecture (sp?) but I'm sure someone else will have an idea

Hope this helps...somehow :)

  Fateful Shadow 16:00 13 Apr 2006

Should learn to type quicker :P

  MisterPaul 16:29 13 Apr 2006

Thanks.

It isn't the speakers because when it boots up properly I get the beep. I don't think it is the power supply because all the lights and the fan come on. And as it is intermittent I wonder how the motherboard could be faulty. If it boots up properly then the whole system works perfectly without a hitch. It is only when I press the on button that I find out whether it is going to boot up properly or not.

  SANTOS7 16:34 13 Apr 2006

I would still try the PSU first as a process of elimination.........

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:15 13 Apr 2006

Disable "quick boot" in the BIOS

  Pine Man 19:30 13 Apr 2006

I had a similar problem, sometimes it would start up sometimes it wouldn't. If it didn't then turning off and leaving it for a while usually meant it starting ok.

The cure - a new PSU (which was slightly more powerful than the original).

It's got to be the first step.

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