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PC sometimes turns on, sometimes not

Q: PC sometimes turns on, sometimes not

My problem with a pc is that sometimes it powers up sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes I have to keep pushing the power button like a hundred times before the pc respond. On some days it only takes a few attempts to power it up. Actually this is my neighbor's pc -- in fact, two of them exactly the same make on the hardwares (power supply, motherboard, casing, cpu, fan, memory, etc.) and both have the same problem. They are clones by the way. Anybody who can help me please?

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Basically, when I turn my computer on and press delete to go into my bios settings, this comes up

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It's also saying that I have only 1 fan active (on this screen) when I actually have 4 other external ones that are working perfectly fine. I don't know whether to replace the thermal paste, CPU, PSU, heat sink or the entire motherboard. I'm stuck. Please help.

Kind regards


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I would first replace the thermal paste. If that doesn't help then get a different heatsink. Any dust build-up?
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A:PC turns on then off (newly build)

Since you say the machine tries to boot, I'll assume the front panel connectors are correctly connected.
Make sure all cards, memory, and cables are properly seated. Including the 4pin/8pin motherboard power connector.
Try a different PSU. I had a PSU go out that acted this way, after an instant shutdown. Yours could be a DOA that acts the same way.
Try a single RAM module at a time. Switch modules if the first one doesn't help.
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A:My laptop turns off itself

HWMonitor is a neat little freeware program that shows temperatures and fan speeds. You can use it to check for overheating issues. If the notebook has never been cleaned out or had the heat paste renewed there's a good chance it's down to that. If not, you could remove the notebook battery and run it on the mains/charger unit to see if it's the battery. (HWMonitor will also give info on the state of the battery you are using.)
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A:Laptop turns off or won't turn on Unless holding down certain keys

My first guess would be a faulty keyboard. Have a look in Device Manager and see if it has any exclamation marks next to it. Follow the route, Control Panel, System and Security, System, Device Manager. Replacing a keyboard can be cheap or dear and easy or hard depending on your make of laptop. Has it ever had a good clean out since new including vacuuming the keys to remove fluff and crumbs? If anyone has spilt some liquid on the keyboard that's another potential cause of the problem.
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Your settings for sleep may very well be on. If its working fine after you start using it . This may very well be what its doing.
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New Specs
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I boot it up and hear no beeping sounds all fans are running well. I believe I have everything in place. I can provide pictures if needed.

Thanks in advance!

Bumping with my PSU:

Maybe there are some extra plugs I need in the PSU that my current one isn't offering?

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Recheck all your connections. Plus make sure your video card and memory are seated. The PSU should be fine.
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The laptop may be over-heating or the battery is going bad...
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Does the laptop sound like it is powering up OK? e.g. can you near the CPU fan running, if you listen closely underneath can you hear the hard disk working?

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Honestly, I would avoid any laptop that has that issue because you don't know what is causing it and if you have to replace the screen the cost is often more than what you would pay for a new system.

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A:HP laptop screen powers on but turns off

It sounded like your backlight is malfunctioning... or you set the screen resolution that laptop doesn't like at all.

1. Boot safe mode and see if screen stays on. ( It should be, since safe mode runs on 640X480, which it's standard requirement for every computers to start with as generic video driver.)

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consult the bios beep guide.

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-- Andy
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A:My computer turns off by itself

Is this computer a laptop or a desktop computer? if it is a desktop computer, the power supply may be going bad
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The 5310us does not have a good history. Motherboards fail. Perhaps it is time to upgrade to something that is not a Compaq.
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How old is the monitor/screen... and the brand.
That is typical of monitor failure on some brands of monitors...
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What type of PSU you got? That 8600 is pretty low powered and should only take about bout 350/400w min. Also, is your grfx card the 512mb version or the 1gb version? Also, the crashing during resource heavy games may be due to the 2gb of RAM. Most resource heavy games these days require at the very least 4gb of RAM, as they are >resource heavy< games.
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We have seen a lot of things, but that is one story that I guess we will have to believe your telling...
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I also see it in device manager again.

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No. You do not need to install drivers before you put in the new graphics card.

When you plug your monitor into the default output are you getting any display?

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I think it may be the power supply unit (PSU). This may be overheating and the thermal cut-out is doing what it should. Check the fan(s) in the PSU work OK - if not, try cleaning them with a small clean paintbrush.
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Hello Tiramisu... :wave: Welcome to Techspot
Lotsa good people here who donate their time and expertise to help.
I am sure we can help you with the diagnosis and repair of your issues.
And we try to be Noob friendly too.

1) What make and model are your computer? (Dell, Compaq, Gateway, Acer? There would also be some numbers someplace indicating which laptop ... what the number looks like will vary from maker to maker. We do not need your serial number, just the model.)

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You could try selecting "Last Known Good..." This might allow you to then start normally.
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Have you done antivirus and antispyware scans recently, they can cause your pc to turn off.
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Try this helpful post: Tutorial: No POST (Power On Self Test)
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Check the power supply connections first

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