Spontaneous Bootup problems

By Spoon Head ยท 9 replies
Aug 7, 2008
  1. My laptop has recently had bootup problems.

    Its like this....

    I turn the laptop on, nothing. screen doesnt come on. then it might do that a second time.

    I turn it on again and now windows is kind of running okay, bit unstable and the integrated keyboard and mouse wont work. I have to use an alternative mouse to shut it down. It might do that like two times as well.

    Then finally after numerous bootups it works absolutely fine!!!

    there are 2 possible causes that i can think of. The first is a possibiliy of the mains adapter i used in california. Im from UK you see. A different voltage over here. that might have messed it up, then again that might be completely ridiculous i dont know.

    the second possibility is a recent update to windows that i intalled seemed to conveniently coincide with the start of this problem.

    any help on this would be awesome as the noew school years starts in september and i dont wanna have to buy a new laptop just yet

    thanks in advance.
  2. terminator911

    terminator911 TS Rookie

    Have you tried to boot Windows in safe mode? Just to see if that works.

    When it comes up fine have you checked for Viruses, etc...? Also, run the built in error-checking utility for your HDD.

    You could also try to do a repair of Windows if you the XP CD with you.

    Other than that you'll probably have to Wipe your HDD and start from scratch.
  3. Spoon Head

    Spoon Head TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeahh i checked 4 viruses with a few different scanners it looks fine.
    ill try checking the hard drive for errors then.

    btw im on vista and dont have the CD

    Ive had a few machines die on me the same way. Always a slow death with the same symptoms.
    Im really curious and determined to find the cause of this.
  4. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Just for info sake, your adapter is from the UK and runs at 230V and you used some kind of interface in California to use that same adapter to convert 110V mains supply to 230 V mains for your adapter?

    Or you just bought a 110V adapter?
  5. Spoon Head

    Spoon Head TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no its an adapter than can be configured to fit almost any kind of plug socket and plug any kind of plug into it.
    Its is from the UK so i think the voltage should be fine.
    I dunno about the volts n stuff though ill go check....

    Input: 100-240VAC

    max power: 550w at 220v

    275w at 110v
  6. lamo

    lamo TS Rookie

    Spoon Head, what's the model and make of your laptop? Acer?(it's just suggestion). it will be better if you tell me the laptop model.
  7. Spoon Head

    Spoon Head TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It was custom built from PC specialist. the case doesnt have any branding or what not.
  8. lamo

    lamo TS Rookie

    so, you mean, that you don't know the model of your laptop, i.e. this is barebone pc?
  9. Spoon Head

    Spoon Head TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah pretty much, doesn't help ehh?
  10. Spoon Head

    Spoon Head TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I just realized today that it could be the updates to vista. on the odd occasion it will boot up perfectly fine. On these occasions windows will intall updates, and configure them when i shut down. then the problem then carries on.

    i just realized that today after it booted up fine. ill let u know how i get on.
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