My Computer Wont Boot Up...   

  ..Is a common complaint experienced by more than 90% of all computer users at some point in their lives!
 
 
Since we use computers for a HUGE percentage of our daily tasks, entertainment, work lives and much more, a computer that won't boot up can put a monkey wrench in our plans! Fortunately, I thought of several common reasons that can cause a PC not to power on which are actually the biggest problems that I personally encounter with my own computers.
 
The next time you are faced with a computer that  doesn't want to cooperate, try these five PROVEN steps that I take when MY computer wont boot up.... 
 
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1.) Check your power cord or adapter
 
When my computer  won’t boot up, the very first thing that I do to troubleshoot it, is checking the power cord plugged into the back of the computer (with my desktop). When my laptop won’t start, I first check the power adapter, to make sure that it is fully plugged in (at the wall and at the assembly – pictured below), and the connection to the jack is not hindered.
 
 I know that sounds rather obvious but you would be surprised how many computers won’t boot due to a loose power connection!   After making sure the computer is actually receiving power, you can move on to the next step in determining why your computer won’t boot. 
 
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2.) Check your voltage selection switch (115V/230V)
 
One not so common but possible reason for a computer not powering up, is due to the wrong "region" selected on the power supply! Power supplies for desktop computers (internal), and power supplies for laptop computers (adapters) have a switch that allows you to select the voltage that is appropriate for the region of the worldyou are located in. If you are located in North America, you will need to use the 115V selection, for your power supply.
 
 If you live in Europe and surrounding regions, you will need to use the 230V selection. Here is a real life example; I was called on by a customer to "fix" a computer that would not turn on. After troubleshooting many possible reasons for the problem over the phone, I decided to make a house-call, so that I can further analyze what could be causing the computer not to boot.
 
As soon as Ipulled out the desktop computer, I noticed the voltage was incorrect. I immediately switched it over, and the computer powered right up - a total investment of 1 whole minute of my time! Needless to say I learned from that mistake, and I ALWAYS make sure the correct voltage is selected on a PC before going further!
 
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3.) Look for activity on the monitor

When you power up your computer but it doesn’t boot, ALWAYS take a look at your monitor (screen), to see what it displays. Does your monitor show anything at all? Is there a "green light" on the monitor (usually indicating it is "on"), or is the monitor flashing an amber colored light (or similar-indicating hibernation mode or lack of a signal)?
 
Does the monitor read "no input signal" or is it just a black screen?  Believe it or not, many people have made the mistake of thinking their computer isn't booting, only tolearn that the monitor was not powered on, or plugged in correctly! Always check the monitor as step number one, just to make sure that monitor is functioning properly.
 
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4.) Check for fans spinning, activity light etc

When you power up the computer,  can you hear or see any fans spinning? Does the hard drive light blink, or is it lit up at all? If no fans are spinning at all, and you don’t notice any hard drive activity (indicated by a light on the computer as well as a distinct sound), you either have hardware problems or there is a problem with your power cord/adapter, or surge protector, or wall outlet (or mixture of these).
 
When a computer won’t boot up, always check the power cords first, as more often than not the power cord or adapters are the culprit.  A computer that has no fan activity, no lights, no sounds and wont boot, has a hardware problem that needs to be inspected.
 
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5.) Listen for “beep codes”

When a computer wont boot due to a problem within the computer that the BIOS (Basic Input Output System) can detect, you will hear a series of “beeps” after powering on a computer, when it is unable to boot.  These beep codes can range in duration and intervals of beeps, but they ALWAYS indicate that there is a hardware problem that needs to be addressed.
 
Common reasons for hearing these beeps can consist of (but isn’t limited to): 
 
* Bad memory (RAM),
* A computer that’s overheating
* A  failed CPU (processor)
* Incompatible BIOS settings (Setup Menu settings)
* Loose hardware add-on card (i.e. video cards).
 
As a rule of thumb, always listen for any beep codes when powering on your computer. The good thing is, you will only hear these when there is an actual "problem", so keep your computer manual handy so that you can reference it in the event you need to "decipher" your beep codes!
 
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5.) Does it get to Windows or does it not past P.O.S.T?

When you power on the computer, are you able to see the logo of the computer manufacturer? When booting a PC, it performs a POST; otherwise known as a Power On Self Test . At this time, you can only see text on the screen, and the logo of the PC or motherboard manufacturer showing on the screen. If your computer is able to get to this screen (immediately upon turning on the PC), congratulations -  your computer has powered on successfully!
 
 If your computer gets "stuck" somewhere between the POST screen and seeing the "Windows logo", your computer has booted, but hasn't LOADED Windows. Many people think that their computer hasn't booted since it hasn't loaded Windows, but that is not true.  If you see the Windows logo appear, and your computer either restarts, powers off, gets stuck on a black or gray screen, or gives a BSOD (blue screen of death), you have a Windows related problem.
 
 With a Windows related problem, hardware is usually not the culprit, but a software issue is - which can most likely be fixed easily! If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can use the installation disc to perform a startup repair, if you experience the problem mentioned above. If you have Windows XP, you can use the repair installation feature, to fix your computer so that it loads Windows successfully!

Now that I gave you several tips proven, do it yourself tips that I use when MY computer won't boot up, you can avoid pushing the "panic button" when your precious PC fails to respond to the power button!  If you have any questions, comments or concerns feel free to email me or leave a comment here.
 
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Jarvis Edwards
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