I have an ageing system that has been reasonably stable until recently.
If the computer is booting from fully off ( power completely off ) it fires up, then switches off (monitor power save mode appears), then starts again, then switches off etc etc many times before finally working .
Both the DVDROM and CDRW lights keep flickering while it is trying to start and a swishing noise can be heard from one (or both ?) as if tring to read a CD.
The computer will restart ok if it is on, it only goes wierd if the power has been off. I am terrified of power cuts at the moment !!
I don't know if it's relevant, but the DVDROM has stopped recognising discs (even ones it used to be happy with), it just makes a swishing noise for a while then denies that it has a disc in it. It does still play DVDs exactly as it always has.
We are desperately hoping the problem can be resolved, as the upgrade/replacement fund is limited (ie nonexistent)
Virus scans give the all clear
The device manager says both DVDROM and RW are fine.
The CMOS battery has been replaced the other day, no hardware has been added for around a year.
Please - any help / advice will be gratefully appreciated !!