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Help! Windows wont start after cleaning tower


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Zalathorm

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I opened my case for its monthly cleaning and saw dust buildup on under the GPU fans. I proceeded to remove the graphics card. It gave me some resistance even after flipping the little switch. It released after a little "crack" sound. It wasn't big. It was enough for me to look around at the motherboard, but I didn't see anything and the motherboard was still solidly in place. I didn't think much of it after that. I got my compressed air and started blowing out the dust from both the computer and the GPU. I hold the can upright and spray stuff pretty directly. At one point I noticed I could actually see the stream from the can...it didn't look quite right. Again, I wasn't obviously spraying fluid and at this point I really don't think I was, but it's in my head.

Copy and past link to computer booting:
youtube.com/watch?v=TjoT5LEExfs&feature=youtu.be

When I boot up
1. My mobo screen appears
2. Windows start screen appears
3. Windows starts to launch and then fails
4. My mobo screen appears again

I have tried re-seating my GPU, I have re-plugged most of the connectors. I have looked for any physical signs of damage. I'm not savvy enough to really figure this problem out...unless it is a "re-seat component x" type issue, I'll need to take it in to a professional. I thought I would start here in diagnosing the problem. ANY help is greatly appreciated.


My system is 1.5 years old.
Components:
ASRock P67 Extreme 4
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 2GB
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 Vs 750W ATX 12v
Intel Core i5-2500k Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
Windows 7

Edited by Zalathorm, 03 October 2012 - 05:27 PM.

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zep516

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Hi Posted Image

One nice thing about that board is that it has a POST error code readout, which will help you diagnose what’s wrong with your PC if it fails to boot. It's a digital display right on the board, you will most likely need to refer to the user manual for a description of the error and what it means.

The User manual for that board is located Here

Joe

Edited by zep516, 03 October 2012 - 07:15 PM.

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I get a code "A3" on the initial boot up, then a code " 60" (DXE Core is started) just as it fails to launch windows.

I just dont know what they mean
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Look at my reply again for the user manual link you may have missed that as I added it, download it, it may have info for you in it.

Edited by zep516, 03 October 2012 - 07:20 PM.

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