Power Problems

By paladin3056
Mar 13, 2008
  1. Hello TechSpot, I would like to ask for help from some of the computer experts here. Whenever I bootup my pc, the fans would turn on then in a second it would stop dead, all the fans would stop and it won't bootup but the green light is still on, I had to remove the plug of the PC and turn on the PC 2, 3 or 4 time before it can bootup properly.

    I haven't done anything on the PC except playing some games, I also checked the pins and connections but I just get the same reults.

    Anyone know what is the problem here or have experienced the same problem as I do? Could it be the Motherboard or the Harddrive?

    Here are the Specs of my CPU
    Pentium 4 2.26GHz
    GeForce 2 MX400
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    You can also temporarily fix it by:

    Removing the plug (as you do)
    Hold in the power button for 30 secs(even 20 !)
    Put the cord back in
    Turn on

    Oh, and this is a power supply issue usually (even though it works (some of the time)
  3. paladin3056

    paladin3056 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I didn't know that.

    Do you think it is the powersupply? Not the Hard drive?
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Yep, not a hard drive problem.

    Also, just FYI, those green lights on the motherboard are absolutely worthless for diagnosing a problem. All they tell you is the board is getting power, but even dead power supplies often give the board enough juice to light that LED up.
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