What can I do to fix my computer when it turns on and then turns off???

Question

I have already deleted many various viruses from my computer and yet when I try to start it up. It goes so slow that the only thing that moves is my cursor. My computer just won't start itself up. The red light on my computer goes from busy to just dead. My computer is very fast until this happened. I cannot format it because I have precious files and if I did format, the files would be irreplacable. What can I do to fix my sluggish, almost-braindead computer???

Thanks

Answer

This question was answered on February 20, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Try The first step, of course, is to make sure the computer is getting power In this case, check the power cables first If your system has a 110V/220V switch on the back, make sure it is set firmly in the 110V position Also, if you use one, make sure your surge protector is turned on and you are receiving power from your wall outlet.

If all of these connections are fine but you still hear and see nothing when you turn the computer on, the power supply may be damaged In this case, you will need to take your system to a repair shop to have it diagnosed and repaired

Sometimes the cooling fan will spin even though the power supply is broken.

If the CPU lights up and beeps, but the monitor remains dark, make sure that the monitor is turned on and getting power (check for the power light, usually located near the switch on the monitor face) Make sure that the monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals are firmly attached to the CPU

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Posted by Ileen of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 20, 2003