June 16th, 2007, 03:07 PM #1
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Sometimes it takes a two or a knock to start
I got a Compaq Deskpro (Pent.II). The issue that occurs is that on cold startup, the green light on the machine"box" is on but sometimes when I turn on the monitor, I find that the loading process did not happen - and what I have is an "energized black" screen....kind of a "lit" black vs a totally no power at all screen.
What I have been doing is shutting off the computer via the on/off button, wait 3 sec and turn it back on. It normally will "catch" the second time and start the loading process with Compaq and then the Windows OS to my desktop like normal.
Very occasionally, the second time does not do it either - - and I am thinking the floppy is not starting the rotating so I jiggle the "box" a bit or knock lightly once on it with my knuckles, to kick start the rotation. Seems to get things going.
I am one of those people who shuts off the machine via button at the end of usage(a couple hours) every day.
This does not happen every time. It may be weather related or the positioning of the planets...I don't know
Thinking about it, my 486 had the same problem >>again, occasionally<<.
Anybody got the sly on what is up here? Throw me a bone, please.
Last edited by friedemann; June 16th, 2007 at 03:13 PM. Reason: add in explanation for clarity
June 16th, 2007, 03:31 PM #2
Well as cheap as a new puter are available at? Perhaps pulling the COSMOS battery waiting 15 minutes putting it back in. might help. Then again it could be a battery problem there too. I doubt it is an OS problem ,but could be a clean format and installation would fix it. IMOPowered by area 51 Alien technology
June 16th, 2007, 04:02 PM #3
Most likely the PSU is at its limits. I had a problem like this similar on an old Pentium 3 with a 250watt PSU that, at the time, was 7 years old. After I replaced it with a spare PSU I had, it started up just fine.One by one the penguins steal my sanity.
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June 16th, 2007, 11:52 PM #4
I'm in complete agreement with Bizkitkid2001. I'm assuming it's all the original gear on the PII rig, so that power supply is definitely on its last legs. A miracle it's lasted this long.
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