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hardware troubleshooting during boot - help needed

By info ·
My just over a year old system froze this morning and now won't boot up. What's happening is the system tries to start and maybe 2 seconds later shuts down and then maybe 10 seconds later tries to start again. A couple of times it has gone past this point, but my monitor doesn't get a signal so I can't see if it's really booting up. I've reseated the video card, pulled out the TV tuner and firewire cards. But the same thing is happening.

Please help me troubleshoot this, all help appreciated in advance.

MB - Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R
CPU - E6750 - overclocked to 3 Ghz most of the time
PSU - 600W - the one with the blue light in it
HD - (1) 320 SATA, (2) 250 UATA, (3) 500 SATA
DVD - Pioneer Bluray Rom
RAM - 4GB Ballistix DDR2 800
Video - 8600 GTS 512MB

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Power supply failure

by mjd420nova In reply to hardware troubleshooting ...

This really sounds like the power supply has failed. The fact that it tries to start but stops, and then tries again, indicates it has failed. Removing other cards would allow a borderline P/S to start but it has just failed completely.

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RE: PSU - 600W - the one with the blue light in it

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to hardware troubleshooting ...

That's very informative but tells very little. Open the case and look for dust and other crud in it. If there is a lot the PS will have more inside it and it could be shorting out.

You can try cleaning things out it may work but as things have got this bad I would expect at the very least that you'll need a replacement PS and preferably from a Known Maker like Antec who make PS that actually produce the rated power all the time and are not a Peek Value that can be pushed to this value for short times before turning off.


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It's an OCZ GameXStream 600W

by info In reply to RE: [i]PSU - 600W - the o ...

Sorry, for the lack of detail, I actually wrote my description for another site which would under stand the blue light in the PSU better. As it turns out, 1 of my 4 1GB DDR2 800 Crucial Ballistix DIMMs is the problem. The system doesn't boot with it in various slots, but does without it. I have already contacted Crucial and they say to RMA it as it's covered. Thanks for the suggestions.

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