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« on: December 10, 2003, 08:40:02 PM »

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I have a HP Pavilion 6540c with Win 98 and my computer will boot up once but then if you shut it off, it will not boot again. (yellow light never turns green and no beeps); If you wait a week or two it will boot again - but only the once - I have replaced the power supply and the video card and still the same thing...please someone help me!
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2003, 08:44:03 PM »

Very strange.
Is it shutting down on you and then not letting you restart for the time frame mentioned?  
If you try it a couple hours later, will it work?

Could be a coincidental thing like a faulty power button...only engaging the contacts sometimes.

Has the computer been moved around?   Connection could be loose.

If it is shutting down on you, and then will work a couple of hours later, I would suspect a severe overheating problem  (lets it work again after it has cooled down sufficiently).
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2003, 09:56:37 PM »

When you get the PC toboot, try to get it to boot in safe mode.
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2003, 10:03:33 PM »

Hey thanks for the replys...

When it will boot up it will be fine as long as you don;t turn it off. If you restart - it's fine but if you shutdown and try to boot up again - nothing - just an orange light and you can hear the fans spinning. If I wait a few hours, it will boot up again and the same keeps happening over and over. Like I said, I changed out the power supply and the video card thinking those would resolve the problem but it is still the same.

I have been able to boot into safe mode but then what do I do...

could this all be a bios problem??? I just can't figure out what's wrong.
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2003, 10:59:34 PM »

When you get to dafe mode, run a scan disk and then a thorough scan disk.  If this does not help, you may have a g\registry problem or need to reset bios.
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2003, 01:48:19 PM »

Based on the further info you provided, it seems it's not shutting down but rather entering stand by mode, which is known to be problematic on many computers.  If you have successfully shut down, you should not hear any noise from your tower.
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2003, 03:15:40 PM »

If I need to, how do I reset the bios?
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2003, 03:45:54 PM »

You need to get a schematic of the motherboard. There is a plastic sleeve that covers two of the three pins.  Remove the cover and place on the opposite pins for three seconds and the replace the pins to position that they were in. Good luck.  Perhaps you better get some person who can help.
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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2003, 04:45:51 PM »

Hi,

Could be a flacky motherboard! Is the system still under warranty? If so, get it serviced.
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2004, 03:21:22 AM »

Having the exactly the same problem - stripped the machine down - even switched the power supply - definitely a motherboard issue.

One of the most unusual problems I've seen.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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