Bootup Failure

By MStallard ยท 4 replies
Feb 1, 2009
  1. Hey, im not to technical with computers and was hoping i can get an opinion or some help from one of you. When I press the power button on my computer the fan sometimes turns on and sometimes it doesnt, and when i turn my monitor on, it acts as if the computer isnt on. So in other words, when i try to turn it on, it wont start sometimes, sometimes it will. help please?
  2. jdillman1502

    jdillman1502 TS Enthusiast Posts: 120

    Sounds like you might have a motherboard or power supply starting to go bad.
  3. BorisandBailey

    BorisandBailey TS Enthusiast Posts: 154

    Have you looked inside the case? The power supply looks like a squid: a big box with a bunch of wires coming out of it. Check the connections from those wires to see that they are secure. If they are secure, I would suspect problems with the power supply. While you're in there, look at the capacitors: those cylindrical things with silver tops that stick up out of the motherboard. The tops should be flat. If they're rounded, that could cause some problems.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  5. MStallard

    MStallard TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks everyone, I'm going to check it out now and hope that is nothing major. After all there shouldn't be to many problems from the computer being under 2 years old. Lets hope when I shut my computer down that it turns back on!
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