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What's causing this funky startup behavior?


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downstairs

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My computer has recently begun exhibiting abnormal startup behavior; namely, when I push the power button, my computer does nothing for nearly two full minutes and then boots up normally.

By "does nothing" I mean no noises, no fan sounds, nothing...it's quiet as a grave. Then, after an approximately two-minute pause, it will start as normal - no errors or anything. Though the computer will consistently start every time I push the power button, it never will start immediately after the button push: I always get this bizarre extended period of nothing.

In my (extremely) limited knowledge of troubleshooting, I have done the following: pushed down on all the cables and cords on the motherboard to make sure they were secure (no change) and swapped out both the power source cable (no change) and the battery on the motherboard (no change). Something's probably on the fritz...but what?

FWIW, the computer is a homegrown Shuttle SN41G running XP Pro; AMD Athlon XP 2000+; 1.66 GHz, 1G of RAM.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Edited by downstairs, 09 January 2007 - 12:15 AM.

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hi,

sounds like the psu is on its way out ?. maybe..

cheers...xxx1
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It does sound like it could be the power supply. You can get a tester:

http://www.xoxide.co...ply-tester.html

Or try another power supply, if you have one. It could also be a problem on the motherboard, but the power supply is the first thing to check out.
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i would'nt worry about getting a power supply tester, how many times would you intend on using one.
try another power source make sure its compatible with your mobo.

cheers...xxx1
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The reason for the tester is to know what the problem is. The tester is pretty cheap and can be shared with friends. It is cheaper than a new power supply.

One of the first things that should be checked when troubleshooting a computer, or most devices for that matter, is the power. A computer power supply is harder to test with a volt meter since a load is needed and there are several voltages.

It is a nice tool to have too.
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what i meant was try another power source if at all possible, and if all goes well you will know its time for a new psu.
but that only my cents worth!! .......... if you feel the need for a power supply tester as Kemasa suggest i would weigh the benefits off buying one and its usage, against trying another power source, then again having one would also have benefits when needed.

cheers...xxx1
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