Computer Problems After Power Failure

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Old 09-12-04, 12:15 PM
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Computer Problems After Power Failure

I had a power failure during Hurricane Frances and after all was back to normal my computer now takes about 4 hours to boot up >> I turn it on and it just halts at the setup screen for a LONG time before booting up and then works OK. Without going into the many hours I spent testing and checking the computer, basically the computer acts this way on any circuit in my home.....but, If I take the computer anywhere else (computer repair shop, my brother's house, a friend's house, etc) it works perfectly.

The only difference between the locations is the power source >>>>could this be a problem and if so, what should I check?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 09-12-04, 12:18 PM
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Quite spooky. I suggest you use a voltmeter to check the voltage that the computer is getting. Plug the computer into half of a duplex receptacle and use the voltmeter probes in the other half. Then boot your computer and monitor the voltage.

If you haven't already, ask this question in the computer forum too.
 
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Old 09-12-04, 03:45 PM
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Computer Problems after Power Failure

I had a power failure during Hurricane Frances and after all was back to normal my computer now takes about 4 hours to boot up >> I turn it on and it just halts at the setup screen for a LONG time before booting up and then works OK. Without going into the many hours I spent testing and checking the computer, basically the computer acts this way on any electrical circuit in my home.....but, If I take the computer anywhere else (computer repair shop, my brother's house, a friend's house, etc) it works perfectly.

The only difference between the locations is the power source >>>>could this be a problem and if so, what should I check?

Any help would be appreciated.
Dave
 
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Old 09-12-04, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by John_on_the_spo
basically the computer acts this way on any electrical circuit in my home.....but, If I take the computer anywhere else (computer repair shop, my brother's house, a friend's house, etc) it works perfectly.

Dave
Sounds to me that it is NOT a problem with your computer then. This simple statement alone tells me that your computer is fine, but the power supply throughout your house has been damaged. Check all the outlets with a meter and see what's what. You're probably getting less than 110v at the outlets and the computer is not getting enough juice. Are other devices/appliances having trouble, too?

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Old 09-12-04, 07:29 PM
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Old 09-13-04, 07:48 AM
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Ok, this is weird. Sharp moves a thread into here. It is EXACTLY the same question, but from a different user... Eh?! Something's funny. Anywho, instead of deleting one of them, I just merged 'em.

So, assuming John_on_the_spo and Diver_Dave are the same person, we'll help regardless. In the future, however, please don't double post. Thanks.

Have you checked the outlets, Dave/John?

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Old 09-13-04, 01:47 PM
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Unplug ALL devices from the PC except mouse and monitor, and fire it up, if it boots ok, shut down, plug in ONE device and fire it up, keep doing this until you identify the device causeing the problem and post back.
 
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