OS won't boot.

By courtneycorpse ·
I was attempting to fix an old computer for a friend, i figured that it was just loaded with spyware/viruses and i could wipe it and re-load the OS. No windows, or live os will load onto it, XP runs and acts like it's going to work, and then when i reboot the computer it goes through the main screen, and reboots. Same with Vista. It still has a partition on it, which i assume is XP, and it won't let me delete it. I tried to run Slackware on the computer, and after the kernel uncompresses it reboots, same with knoppix. I thought maybe the power supply needed replaced, but i don't want to do that for nothing.

Any ideas?

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Have you cleaned it internally?

by OldER Mycroft In reply to OS won't boot.

As it is an old computer, maybe it is full of dust and dirt.

Check the heatsink and the cooling fans.

It could be rebooting because it is overheating.

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by courtneycorpse In reply to Have you cleaned it inter ...

i cleaned it out, and while it was a dust pit in there, it was still doing the same thing. But i tried it a bit later, and now the internal fan isn't spinning only the lights to show that the tower is on are working.

So i'm thinking it needs a new power supply, but i want to be sure, could that be it?

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