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Computer repair...

I built my computer around a year ago, and a couple of months ago it stopped working. I turn it off, then I log on and then it turns off. After that, it just keeps turning off a few seconds after I turn it on. I don't know what to do. Is there any repair shop(on the less pricey side) that I can go to in the area of Zurich?

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Old 01.02.2012, 18:53
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Re: Computer repair...

May seem like an obvious question but any recent hardware or software changes?
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Old 01.02.2012, 18:53
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I built my computer around a year ago, and a couple of months ago it stopped working. I turn it off, then I log on and then it turns off. After that, it just keeps turning off a few seconds after I turn it on. I don't know what to do. Is there any repair shop(on the less pricey side) that I can go to in the area of Zurich?

Thank you
Wait, maybe we can help you... mmmm, maybe you can format if you
A) dont have nothing to backup (or if you already have everything back uped)
B) Have a windows dvd...

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Re: Computer repair...

at which point does it restart? when windows ( i assume windows) starts to load or before?

Firstly go into the BIOS and reset to default, if that doesnt work sometimes removing and re inserting the CMOS battery helps.

Also check all motherboard connections are solid as it sounds like a power problem, if you have a cheap power unit than that is prob the cause
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Re: Computer repair...

I built my own computer several years back too and had similar experiences at the outset...Those are almost always hardware or software incompatibility issues

Have you been using the PC regularly before it started crashing like this or had you not used it much since building it?...Did you recently set it up somewhere new from the original location you built it?
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I built my computer around a year ago, and a couple of months ago it stopped working. I turn it off, then I log on and then it turns off. After that, it just keeps turning off a few seconds after I turn it on. I don't know what to do. Is there any repair shop(on the less pricey side) that I can go to in the area of Zurich?

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Your PSU is on its way out. Try a replacement.
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Old 01.02.2012, 19:00
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Re: Computer repair...

Don't waste your money at a repair shop, senor...If you have the skills to build a machine, I guarantee you can troubleshoot it yourself
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Old 01.02.2012, 19:11
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I built my computer around a year ago, and a couple of months ago it stopped working. I turn it off, then I log on and then it turns off. After that, it just keeps turning off a few seconds after I turn it on. I don't know what to do. Is there any repair shop(on the less pricey side) that I can go to in the area of Zurich?

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My daughter's did that, turned out I had to re-install Windows, guess she had gotten a virus or something that corrupted some OS files. Didn't lose anything, fortunately.

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Old 01.02.2012, 19:20
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Your PSU is on its way out. Try a replacement.
Its more probable that could be a virus rather than the PSU... it happend to me once, and it turned to be a virus...

True story...
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Old 01.02.2012, 19:22
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May seem like an obvious question but any recent hardware or software changes?
Nope. I remember it stopped working after I was vacuuming, but I highly doubt that was the reason.

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Wait, maybe we can help you... mmmm, maybe you can format if you
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B) Have a windows dvd...

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Already formatted it and the problem stayed.
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Re: Computer repair...

do you get any beeps when turning on - assuming you have a system speaker fitted
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Old 01.02.2012, 19:26
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I built my own computer several years back too and had similar experiences at the outset...Those are almost always hardware or software incompatibility issues

Have you been using the PC regularly before it started crashing like this or had you not used it much since building it?...Did you recently set it up somewhere new from the original location you built it?
Yeah, I used it for a long time before it stopped working and no, I didn't move it.

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at which point does it restart? when windows ( i assume windows) starts to load or before?

Firstly go into the BIOS and reset to default, if that doesnt work sometimes removing and re inserting the CMOS battery helps.

Also check all motherboard connections are solid as it sounds like a power problem, if you have a cheap power unit than that is prob the cause
It restarts as windows is loading.
Alright, I'll try that, thanks.

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Your PSU is on its way out. Try a replacement.
Alright, I'll leave buying a new one to later seeing as it's an investment, thanks for the suggestion

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Don't waste your money at a repair shop, senor...If you have the skills to build a machine, I guarantee you can troubleshoot it yourself
Yeah, I'd rather not spend tons of money at the repair shop seeing as here they're super expensive.
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Old 01.02.2012, 19:31
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Re: Computer repair...

Have you tried starting it in safe mode?

If you've already formatted it and the problem remains, it's likely to be hardware. I'd swap out the PSU and see if that helps.



Edit: I had a similar problem, turned out to be corruption in the graphics drivers so the system crashed when windows attempted to load them. A reinstall of the drivers didn't fix it, but a system restore to a previous point did.
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Re: Computer repair...

as it restarts as windows is loading force it into safe mode and see what happens but you should have had the safe mode promt already .....?
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do you get any beeps when turning on - assuming you have a system speaker fitted
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Have you tried starting it in safe mode?

At what point exactly does it turn off? Is it always the same point, or does it vary sometimes?

If you've already formatted it and the problem remains, it's likely to be hardware. I'd swap out the PSU and see if that helps.
Yep, tried it, nothing different happened.

I start it, it works fine for a few minutes, then turns off. I then restart it, and it turns off after a few seconds
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Its more probable that could be a virus rather than the PSU... it happend to me once, and it turned to be a virus...

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More probable ??? Pffft....

"After that, it just keeps turning off a few seconds after I turn it on"

That would be a hell of a crafty virus, acting before the OS boots....
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Yep, I do hear the beeps.




Yep, tried it, nothing different happened.

I start it, it works fine for a few minutes, then turns off. I then restart it, and it turns off after a few seconds
Check that the cooler isn't clogged with dust!

(had that problem, too)

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Re: Computer repair...

and what beeps do you get? they are code so its important
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Re: Computer repair...

Beeps indicate a POST error either with a failed BIOS , or CPU fan speeds , or memory failure perhaps. Reseat the CPU fan and memory , try to reload your BIOS if that fails.

BIOS beeps can be interpreted via the manufacturers web site.
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Nope. I remember it stopped working after I was vacuuming, but I highly doubt that was the reason.



Already formatted it and the problem stayed.
THEN IS A HARDWARE PROBLEM... mmmm... could be anything... but as someone says, it could be probably the PSU... something that its not in its place (for example ram about to fall because is not in its place or not fully inside the mother because of a hit... things like that happen, people that installed the ram and didnt push it all full the way and thought that was correctly installed), do you clean your PC often?

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Beeps indicate a POST error either with a failed BIOS , or CPU fan speeds , or memory failure perhaps. Reseat the CPU fan and memory , try to reload your BIOS if that fails.

BIOS beeps can be interpreted via the manufacturers web site.
yeah, plus, in the motherboard manual should be a section where it says what means those beeps...

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