computer shuts off during startup

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rachel2525
computer shuts off during startup

my computer was shutting off during startup and i tried to use the Windows cd that came with it to reinstall windows which my computer recommended that i do and it crashed in the middle of installation. Now the computer wont finish installing
help would be greatly appreciated

   

   

hubby
Re: computer shuts off during startup

You could try to start over and see if the installation will complete. If it crashes again, there is likely something physically wrong with the computer. It could be overheating (blow out all the dust!), it could have bad RAM, a bad hard drive, or any of abazillion other things. If you cant get it to complete the Windows Installation, Google around for "PC diagnostic" software which may help you pinpoint what the problem is.

Anonymous Visitor
Re: computer shuts off during startup
[quote=rachel2525]my computer was shutting off during startup and i tried to use the Windows cd that came with it to reinstall windows which my computer recommended that i do and it crashed in the middle of installation. Now the computer wont finish installing help would be greatly appreciated[/quote] I agree with Hubby.  If the computer is shutting itself suddenly, it's probably hardware related and is often a heat issue.  Does it stay on longer when started up after it has been off for several hours and shuts down quicker if you attempt to restart immediately after a shutdown? When I have a customer with that's having sudden shutdowns, I immediately check the CPU fan.  On a desktop machine, the fans that cool the CPU and remove heated air from case should run constantly.  Some desktop cooling systems incorporate a removable hood placed over the CPU cooling fins and use a single fan mounted to the case.  Some have a small fan directly over the CPU and might have an additional case fan.  Regardless of cooling configuration, you need to verify that all fans are spinning when the PC is on and the CPU's cooling fins are clean.  Use the "non-flavored" canned air found at Lowes or Radio Shack.  Don't buy the smelly stuff that WalMart or Office Depot sells. To visually check a desktop PC's fans, power it down, turn it on its side, open it and then start it while it is open.  After verifying the operation of the fan(s), clean the dust out.  Power down the machine, unplug the power cord, press the power button to drain system board power, and spritz the dirty areas.  If you smoke a lot of pot in your house, save the gummy stuff that will be stuck to the heat-sink's cooling fins.  Invite some friends over. Laptop?  Verifying if your system fan is working will be more difficult.  First clean the fan and cooling fins that are directly inside two openings.  These two openings look like vents and will be near the hinge corner on either side.  One opening will be on the side or back edge and this is the exhaust and should be blowing out heated air.  On the bottom of the laptop an inch or so away from the side opening, there will be an intake vent.  It might look like a grill.  The fan is under here and it sucks air from the bottom and blows it out the side.  Blow canned air into both of these openings alternatively. Checking for a laptop's system fan operation can be done without taking the machine apart, but you need to listen for it after powering the machine up.  Some manufacturers have their fans set to run constantly.  Others operate on a thermostat and the fan comes on only when a preset max temp is reached and goes off when the sensor area cools.  Regardless of type, you can listen for the fan to be on when it the machine is hot right before it powers itself down.  If you turn on your laptop, never hear a fan kick on, and the laptop powers down on its own, you have a bad fan.  Be careful when handling a powered-on laptop.  Bumping or roughly handling a device while its hard drive is on (spinning) can ruin the hard drive and destroy your data. Fans are replaceable but require a bit of technical know-how.  Some seized fans in desktop machines can often be permanently repaired by peeling off a sticker and working WD40 into the bearings and once freed, add a drop of light oil.  Older Dell machines use non-standard fans that have extra connecting wires to change the fan's speed as the CPU temp rises - compatible fans with the correct connector must be used or the BIOS won't let the system start,.  Consider laptop fans to be not repairable.  New laptop fans usually cost less than $20 but many places charge exorbitantly for the disassembly required to replace them.
Anonymous Visitor
Re: computer shuts off during startup
Wow... I shoulda just said, Yeah".  :)

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