I have had my fair share of problems lately [missing config.sys, fried 9600pro, having to use windows 98 cuz xp and 2000 wont install] and now my computer is having problems starting up. my specs are in my sig [except i have an mx440 currently because my 9600pro is at ati [rma]. my psu is a Thermaltake 420watt purepower that came with my xaser 3 case. my problem is as follows
this doesnt happen all the time but it happens every so often [never before today tho] my computer will randomly turn off while in windows and reboot. then it will turn off again when it is part way through rebooting. it will keep doing this a couple of times until i turn off the power supply in the back. another thing it does is when it continues to reboot on startup after i flip the switch in the back of the psu the power on light will flash for ~2 seconds then turn off then flash again then turn off and then flash again before i can hear a sound [sounds like a zap!] and it stops "flashing". this is only cured by unplugging the psu and turning it back on.
is this a psu problem or a different component... im not very descriptive but thats really all its doing... randomly rebooting and rebooting during start up. any suggestions would be welcomed. thanks
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ | MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum | 1gb Kingston HyperX PC4000 [2x512] | ATI 9600 Pro [upgrade soon] | Sound Blaster Audigy LS | Samsung 120gb hd
Would appear to be an electrical problem. Disassemble - reassemble correctly (ensure standoffs are properly placed and secured). Check each of your components for possible problems (motherboard capacitors would be prime area to pay close attention).
Those are just a few ideas to help you get started. You may want to invest in a multimeter also, it can be invaluable when voltage/power may be the source of problems. It can quickly eliminate or validate your hardware.
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