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normis1977

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Hi

I'm running Windows 98. My computer was bouth second hand and I've been using it for a year or less. When I start it up, it runs some Gateway disgnostic mumbo jumbo and then stops there after some whirling sounds and stuff. I can't get it to start Windows.

Usually, I got around this problem by unplugging the power cable and then replugging it after a few minutes. But nowadays even that doesn't work. What now>
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Just a guess, but from your description it sounds like you need a new power supply. They're about $40 for a standard power supply, and not to hard to replace if you take note of where the power cords are connected.
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I meant - the computer does start up technically, but it just stops there at the first screen and doesn't go on to start Windows. Would that still be a power supply problem?
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More than likely. Does it say the configuration has changed, press F1 for startup or F10 to continue? If so, try a battery. If not, probably the power supply.

A local computer shop will have a power supply tester that can confirm the diagnosis before you replace it.
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Thanks... taking it out now. I'll let you know if it worked. <_<
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It turned out to be the network card... I got it changed and everything was eachy, had a RAM upgrade while I was there. But thanks for the help anyway!
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Glad to hear you got it working!

I'm afraid in the essence of time, we sometimes jump to conclusions, and ignore some basic troubleshooting tips. I really should have had you strip the system down to the bare components (CPU, memory, mobo, PS, video). Test, and then if it booted, begin adding components until the offender is identified. Removing everything and bench testing is the best option, but more work unless you have reason to suspect a case short.
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