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Computer almost doesn't boot after suddenly being unplugged. Help?

Q: Computer almost doesn't boot after suddenly being unplugged. Help?

I am really worried about my computer. It booted normally this morning but then my cat ran past my feet and ended up unplugging it. I tried to turn it back on but no luck. Tried again 5 minutes later and still nothing. Decided to turn it on and let it sit for about 15 minutes, then it finally booted up. It's slow, but works. What should I check for? Any ideas how to fix this? I'm afraid to turn it off again.

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A: Computer almost doesn't boot after suddenly being unplugged. Help?

The most likely thing that happened was that the BIOS/UEFI reset itself to defaults. Some of those default settings could be different than the ones set before this happened.

A typical one is if the SATA mode is IDE as default but was set to AHCI to install Windows. But that change usually results in a bluescreen error. Do you know what your preferred BIOS setting were?

Also, System Specs would be nice. Just whether this is a laptop or desktop can make a difference.

In any event you will need to check and see if all is OK at some point. You will most likely need to restart to make any changes anyway.
Start by backing up your data, finishing any important work, and then restarting the PC from Windows Start Menu. If it restarts normally then shut it down and then start it back up.

I'm guessing you will be fine. If any hardware was damaged it can be replaced, but you've got to take the plunge at some point.
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A:Computer doesn't start if it is unplugged for some time

I'd suggest taking the side off and looking at the motherboard. Look at the capacitors (cylinders with silver tops) are any of them bulged/domed?

If not, I'd suggest replacing the power supply.

Can you supply more information about your computer, such as make/model or specifications?
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Replace the power supply if the computer is a desktop computer
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A:[SOLVED] Unplugged Monitors, Now Computer Won't Boot

Was the PC on when you unplugged the replugged the monitors?
If so not a good idea as you now know.

Have a look in device manager for any yellow or red call outs.

To open "Device Manager", Hit Start type/paste device manager in the search box and hit enter in Device Manager, if you see any yellow question marks/Red callouts, right click on the device and select properties, on the Details tab select Hardware IDs copy the PCI/VEN and DEV numbers and post them on your next post.
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A:Computer turned off suddenly, now doesn't turn on

I hate to guess, but my initial reaction is Power Supply. But the UPS could be a complicating factor.

First, I would remove the UPS from the system and test.

Then, try another power supply in your system or try your power supply in another system. Do you have access to another PS you could test with?

Another thing you can try is to disconnect all external devices, all drives, and any other power draws that you can and see if the system will boot with just basic components: PS, MB/CPU, RAM, Graphics.

If we can eliminate the power supply as the cause (prove that it is good) then we can move on to the other potential causes.
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once ive taken a pc apart and put back togetrher because the same thing was happening to me
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Disconnect all USB devices and try to boot a couple of times..
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A:Computer suddenly takes a long time to boot

Quote: Originally Posted by Chaoz

It's stuck on the Windows Starting screen for about 30 seconds, usually it only takes a few seconds.

I'm on Windows 7 and was messing around with the fan settings in the BIOS. I don't think that's it since I changed to back default settings to make sure.

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2.Check your HDD, it defines the boot-up time.If the hard drive has any problem then that's it.
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A:My computer doesn't boot.

Hello and welcome to Techspot!

So you system was working before and suddenly has stopped? You have made no changes recently?

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Let's try this for starters. Borrow a working keyboard and mouse. Plug those instead of your own. Reboot. Keep me posted. Change BIOS settings to default. Make sure you have a copy of your former settings.
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A:Computer Doesn't Boot

is it reading from your hard drive at startup, Im assuming that you have no display on your monitor but from the sounds of it the computer is starting up but not displaying anything. Do you have any beep codes or anything of that sort? Also did you burn in your computer after it was built?
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A:Computer doesn't boot

usually you get this msg if an input (mouse/keyboard etc.) is failed to be recognised through bios. See if you can find an option thats called plug and play and enable that. This usually works for me if the inputs are usb rather then ps/2.

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A:Computer Doesn't Boot

Start by checking your disks. Go to Start > Run, and type:

chkdsk X: /f

where X: is the drive letter of the drive you want to check. If the drive is in use, a message will appear and ask if you want the drive checked on the next boot. Answer "Y".

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Type: map to find out what drive letters are being used for what drives in the RC.

If you don't have an XP CD, download this NTFS Disk Check Floppy Image.
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A:Computer Turns On But Doesn't Boot Up

Hello Turco17

My name is Gagandeep and I work for the Social Media and Community Team at Dell.
I regret that you are having problems with your system. I would be glad to assist you.
As mentioned earlier by you the system does not goes past windows xp.
Try booting the system in safe mode.
In safe mode go to msconfig and try disabling the services to check if the computer boots up in normal mode or not.
To go in msconfig:
Click Start and go to Run.
Type ‘’msconfig’’
Under msconfig go to the ‘’services’’ tab.
Please let me know the findings. Glad to help.
Thank you for choosing Dell.
Thanks & Regards
Dell Social Media Responder
You can reach us at:!/dellcares
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I think Power Supply
Even though you get power, the power supply may still be giving incorrect voltages

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Hello and welcome to Techspot.

I fear that your cpu may also be a victim.

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A:Computer randomly doesn't boot.

what power supply


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A:Computer doesn't boot up properly

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A:[SOLVED] My computer doesn't boot

To start out, please post the make and model of your laptop.
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please help
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A:Computer powers up, but doesn't boot

Welcome to the board.

Does that motherboard support the latest Intel CPU's? I've seen some issues where the board doesn't support, for example, a prescott CPU and the same thing happens. A BIOS update can normally fix this.

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When you say it hangs when trying to boot from your hard drives, do you get any kind of message? Or just a blinking cursor in the top left of your screen?

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A:Random characters, computer doesn't boot

Here's a bump, if needed.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Delta808

if I wanted to try to restore my ssd on the main partition how do indo that?

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avoidbears said:

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what are you running
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d/load and run the h/drive makers diagnostic utility on the h/drive

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Hi ghostlander, welcome. We need more information about your computer. This will be a good start.

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A:Won't boot unless unplugged for 30 mins

The ONLY way I can get my computer to turn on, is flip the master power switch in the back, unplug it from the wall, and leave it for 30+ minutesClick to expand...

Try power cord out
Push the ON button in for 30secs
Put the power cord back in
Turn on

Also this sounds like a faulty Power Supply
But you might want to blow out all internal dust (including inside the power supply by high preasue air)

Reseat the Ram, and even try Memtest for 7 Passes
It is also possible, that something (usually USB device) connected to your computer is causing this HardWare issue.
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A:Advanced Boot Menu: Repair Your Computer Doesn't Work

Post HERE and ask Peter (Ex_Brit) to send you the link to the versions of Vista you need, 32 or 64. Include your E-mail address mucked up, like abc at xyz DOT com then edit your post and remove it as soon as you receive the link.

The ISO Peter provides has both SP1 and SP2 applied which can save a lot of time. Otherwise, follow this tutorial: Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB. You then need to create the ISO which will not have SP1 or SP2 included.

Pick up this Tutorial: How to Download a Vista ISO and Create an Installation DVD or USB here:

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A:Computer suddenly slows down suddenly and sporadically for minutes

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