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Old 12-19-2013, 08:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Comp won't boot. Any suggestions?

When I turn it on it gets to the initial screen here:



and that's it. I don't hear much going on inside. Where should I start? Hitting any of the options on the boot screen just leaves it hovering on the boot screen.


Edit- I was finally able to get into the boot menu and reset the BIOS it seems OK now. What should I check to help it stop from happening again?
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think that's a motherboard issue?
You would think I would remember exactly, cause I know I have replaced my fair share of motherboards over the past few years. I'm pretty sure it does just that, starts, but continually fails to boot up.

I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will chime in eventually.
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I think that's a motherboard issue?
You would think I would remember exactly, cause I know I have replaced my fair share of motherboards over the past few years. I'm pretty sure it does just that, starts, but continually fails to boot up.

I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will chime in eventually.
You would think that. However if resetting the BIOS clears the issue then that says to me either A) CMOS battery is fried and isn't keeping settings so the computer isn't able to boot past post or B) there may be something else wrong however that would probably throw beep codes to identify.
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What Falcon16 said. I wouldn't be surprised if it is the CMOS battery is dying. I believe they are the same as watch batteries or something and you can get them for fairly cheap.
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I actually had the right size and tossed it in along with a good vacuuming and it seems to be booting normally.
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Just as an aside, did you have a disc or USB stick plugged in? I the land of yesteryear, boot discs in the A drive were needed to start games. You'd have to set the computer to read that drive first or it would boot regularly. I have seen in the more recent past the boot oder get messed up and a disc in a drive kept things from starting up.
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Just as an aside, did you have a disc or USB stick plugged in? I the land of yesteryear, boot discs in the A drive were needed to start games. You'd have to set the computer to read that drive first or it would boot regularly. I have seen in the more recent past the boot oder get messed up and a disc in a drive kept things from starting up.
Very good point. Ultra low profile USB drive hidden in a back port (or better yet tucked away inside the case) of a friend's computer has always proven to be a great and very evil prank, even on geeks who should know better and catch on to the problem far faster than they tend to.

SD cards and such can also cause that issue. Easy to forget to remove it after pulling photos off.
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