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EXTREME DISTORTION! My computer does not respond to power/restart button.

By swichblade401
Aug 15, 2006
  1. Just put together my new computer from individual parts. Started just fine, loaded up windows, was able to format new hard drive, then install first part of windows instalation.

    When the secound windows xp home install pops up it starts installing, then the screen extremely distorts and the computer becomes unresponsive, power and eject button do not even work.

    Computer needs to be shut down with the power switch at the back of the computer.

    By the way: I've switched out my hard drive 3 times, had 3 different video cards, 6 pieces of ram, two different versions of windows (One with SP2 and one without service pack 2).

    Any suggestions would be helpful.

    .!.!.Thanks in advance.!.!.
     
  2. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    Hello and welcome to techspot

    what are the specs of your computer
     
  3. swichblade401

    swichblade401 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Processor: Pentium D 950 3.4GHZ
    Mobo: Intel D975XBX
    RAM: (2) US modular 533 MHZ 1 GB
    Hard drive: 250 GB Hitachi Serial ATA-300
    Disk Drive: NEC DVD-CD-Multidrive
    Video Card: BFG Geforce 7600 GT OC
     
  4. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

    Since you've pretty much eliminated most of the common problems, I'm leaning towards a bad power supply.

    What are the specs on your PSU?
     
  5. swichblade401

    swichblade401 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My PSU shoulden't be a problem as it is a 500 Watt unit and has a 12 Volt ratting of 30 Amps, 3.3 V of 25 Amps, and 5.5 Volts of 35 Amps

    Any suggestion to try?
     
  6. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    have you tried donig a barebone startup


    take out everything exept Leve 1 stick of ram, 1 cd drive, 1 hard dive, Mobo,cpu

    try to install windows and see if you still crash

    good luck
     
  7. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

    Brand?

    Only thing else you haven't eliminated is

    1)CPU
    2)Mobo
    2)Optical drives
     
  8. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,077

    i can cvery well be one of those you havent checked, i would try the cd drive first then try swaping out the mobo
     
  9. swichblade401

    swichblade401 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Im returning the mobo today, to see if that makes a difference.
     
  10. Gimrok

    Gimrok TS Rookie

    power supply

    i know this would be totally noobish but is there any chance that the power supply is not properly seated in all the correct ports. that happened to me a wile back and all that happened was the power supply came loose
     
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