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Computer Turns On But Doesn't Boot Up

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Turco17, Jul 24, 2012.

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  1. Turco17

    Turco17 Thread Starter

    Jul 24, 2012
    So.. I was just sitting down, watching a gaming stream online when all of a sudden i hear a beep! My monitor goes blank but my computer still appears to be on. I then decide to try and restart my computer, it gets as far as the windows (XP) loading screen and stops, so i try to restart again.. This time it manages to get past the loading screen but then a small blue box with nothing inside appears on my screen. I restart again and this time i get a blue screen with text, detailing the issue and that i should restart before more damage is caused. I restart and this time nothing happens. The computer turns on, but nothing else, It sounds as if the psu fan is speeding up and slowing down continuously. It's a hard noise to describe :( It doesn't feel like the psu fan is blowing any air out when i put my hand next to it... am i right to think that i have a dead psu or is it something much worse? :S

    thankyou for anyone that can provide advice and thoughts on this situations :))


    I'm beginning to think it is the graphics card, the sound which i originally thought was coming from the psu, seems to be coming from my graphics card. It would make sense, seeing as the monitor went blank but the computer remained on.

    Now the question is, is my graphics card dead? : /
  2. dell_gagan

    dell_gagan Account Closed

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hello Turco17

    My name is Gagandeep and I work for the Social Media and Community Team at Dell.
    I regret that you are having problems with your system. I would be glad to assist you.
    As mentioned earlier by you the system does not goes past windows xp.
    Try booting the system in safe mode.
    In safe mode go to msconfig and try disabling the services to check if the computer boots up in normal mode or not.
    To go in msconfig:
    Click Start and go to Run.
    Type ‘’msconfig’’
    Under msconfig go to the ‘’services’’ tab.

    Please let me know the findings. Glad to help.
    Thank you for choosing Dell.

    Thanks & Regards
    Dell Social Media Responder
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