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March 3, 2014 1:17:21 PM

Hi :) 

I am little worried about this issue, when I turn on my computer it stays on for anywhere between 1 to 3 seconds, no longer, then it shuts off and then turns on again and after this it stays on, it doesn't shut down anymore at all. But I would really like to know what is causing it to turn on for a few seconds and then turn of again and then turn on again. If you have any ideas please share them, thanks :) 

PLEASE NOTE : This computer is only a few days old, never touched since it was built and was not doing this when I first built it!

This is the build:
AMD FX-6300 Overclocked to 4.0Ghz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower
PSU: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V
March 3, 2014 1:22:38 PM

Hi there!

Can you post some specs please, that should give us somewhere to start. Also, have there been any recent changes to the system like new hardware or software?
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March 3, 2014 1:25:04 PM

AdmiralDonut said:
Hi there!

Can you post some specs please, that should give us somewhere to start. Also, have there been any recent changes to the system like new hardware or software?


Here is my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/alannm37/saved/3LpP

Nope, brand new PC, not even a week old, never moved or even touched since I built it!
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March 3, 2014 1:37:11 PM

We'll start with the simple thing first. Have you popped out the CMOS battery? If not, do that and leave it out for 10 seconds, pop it back in and power up. If you've already tried that then we can try looking at the event logs :) 
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March 3, 2014 1:38:52 PM

AdmiralDonut said:
We'll start with the simple thing first. Have you popped out the CMOS battery? If not, do that and leave it out for 10 seconds, pop it back in and power up. If you've already tried that then we can try looking at the event logs :) 


What is the CMOS Battery??
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March 3, 2014 1:41:48 PM

alannm37 said:
AdmiralDonut said:
We'll start with the simple thing first. Have you popped out the CMOS battery? If not, do that and leave it out for 10 seconds, pop it back in and power up. If you've already tried that then we can try looking at the event logs :) 


What is the CMOS Battery??


If you look on this image http://content.hwigroup.net/images/products/xl/200162/g... you can see the round silver disc to the left hand side, between the graphics card slots. Just turn off your PC, unplug it from the mains power, then open the case, find that battery and pop it out. Leave it out for ten seconds, pop it back in, put the case back together and power it up.
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March 3, 2014 1:57:01 PM

AdmiralDonut said:
alannm37 said:
AdmiralDonut said:
We'll start with the simple thing first. Have you popped out the CMOS battery? If not, do that and leave it out for 10 seconds, pop it back in and power up. If you've already tried that then we can try looking at the event logs :) 


What is the CMOS Battery??


If you look on this image http://content.hwigroup.net/images/products/xl/200162/g... you can see the round silver disc to the left hand side, between the graphics card slots. Just turn off your PC, unplug it from the mains power, then open the case, find that battery and pop it out. Leave it out for ten seconds, pop it back in, put the case back together and power it up.


Just done it, that didn't fix anything :(  Where is the Event Logs?
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March 3, 2014 2:25:58 PM

Err, how do you turn it on and off?
I think this might not be a problem, It's just something your PSU/MOBO does to not overload your computer, it sort of "turns the ignition" to make sure the power is flowing smoothly, then it actually turns on.
I believe my computer does the same thing if I do a full shutdown/unplug the cord from the back. It the fans kinda spin for a second or two, then stop, then it starts up everything just fine.
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March 3, 2014 3:01:05 PM

James Mason said:
Err, how do you turn it on and off?
I think this might not be a problem, It's just something your PSU/MOBO does to not overload your computer, it sort of "turns the ignition" to make sure the power is flowing smoothly, then it actually turns on.
I believe my computer does the same thing if I do a full shutdown/unplug the cord from the back. It the fans kinda spin for a second or two, then stop, then it starts up everything just fine.


I just press the power button, or the shut down button in Windows 8. But it's good to know that, thanks :)  Shouldn't be an issue so!
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