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So today I decided to reformat my HDD. Everything went well, Windows installed just fine, booted fine, even got some updates and drivers installed. First restart went without a hitch. Installed some key programs, restarted....

Oh crap.

My computer wasn't starting. The damned thing powered on for a second or two (I can hear the fans and HDD spinning up) but then it dies for a couple of seconds then powers up again and then dying again. From what I can tell from sound alone (nothing appears on my monitor), the computer isn't even loading BIOS. And if it is, it's not getting past the POST stages. I don't hear the tell-tale beep of a successful start up, only the thing dying then powering up again. Things I've tried:

  • Removing any USB cables I had plugged in.
  • Resetting CMOS via removing and replacing the battery.

None of those worked, it keeps on cycling on and off without passing POST. I should probably mention this happened before; removing the USB cables allowed me to boot properly before, where I then updated my motherboard's BIOS and never encountered the issue again until now.

Computer Specs:
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 Rev 1.1
  • CPU: Intel i5-2500K
  • PSU: Corsair GS600 600 Watt
  • GPU: EVGA Nvidia GTX 460 SE
  • RAM: 4x 2 GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1600

Anyone have any ideas? Anyone encountered similar issues?

(EDIT 1: After two people telling me not to hit my computer I edited out every mention of it. Note to self: Don't joke about hitting a $1000 computer on the internet, people will take you seriously.)
Edited by wu105 - 1/7/14 at 9:20pm
post #2 of 13

First, never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever hit a computer that has a hard drive in it while the computer is on. Ever. NEVER DO IT.

 

Why?

 

Because you will kill the hard drive. I know from experience, unfortunately. I had a major anger problem when I was younger and I had a pre-built that was a major pain in the butt. So, I used to hit it and kick it often. Well, not long after I started doing that, the hard drive started having the "click of death". Not long after that, it died because I didn't know that it was the hard drive going out on me.

 

So please, try to avoid hitting your computer. Don't even do it when it's off. Hard drives are delicate precision-engineered little machines. They can't take any g-shocks like that at all. It's also hard on the fans too while they're spinning.

 

Anyway, this is weird. Is anything overclocked? I don't know what else to think of.

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post #3 of 13
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I was joking about the smacking part, though perhaps I shouldn't have. Just trying to not think about the worst case scenario (fried CPU or motherboard)...

Anyway, the computer was overclocked before the reformat, at least it should have been. I used a utility program that came with the motherboard to overclock it (Easy Tune 6), but it had a bad habit of reverting everything back to factory settings. The program was reporting a standard clock after I reformat the HDD and reinstalled it.
post #4 of 13
I once killed a HDD with one well placed kick to the case

So yes you should never hit or kick your PC
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post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by wu105 View Post

I was joking about the smacking part, though perhaps I shouldn't have. Just trying to not think about the worst case scenario (fried CPU or motherboard)...

Anyway, the computer was overclocked before the reformat, at least it should have been. I used a utility program that came with the motherboard to overclock it (Easy Tune 6), but it had a bad habit of reverting everything back to factory settings. The program was reporting a standard clock after I reformat the HDD and reinstalled it.

 

Nah. It's good that you got me to say that stuff. It needs to be said a lot more often on forums like these...

 

Anyway, I recommend going into the BIOS and resetting back to factory defaults. Or, tell it to load the optimized defaults, or however it's worded. You'll see what I mean when you go in there.

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post #6 of 13
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Nah. It's good that you got me to say that stuff. It needs to be said a lot more often on forums like these...

Anyway, I recommend going into the BIOS and resetting back to factory defaults. Or, tell it to load the optimized defaults, or however it's worded. You'll see what I mean when you go in there.

I suppose, it is the age-old method of rapid repair that has a tendency of BREAKING things better than FIXING it. It seems to be the first instinct for a lot of people when something's broken.

Anyway, I would have done that, only I can't get to the BIOS at all. As I said, the thing starts up for a split second then shuts down before the motherboard's splash screen even shows up on my monitor. Before my monitor even registers a computer is booting up and wakes up from sleep mode in fact.
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I suppose, it is the age-old method of rapid repair that has a tendency of BREAKING things better than FIXING it. It seems to be the first instinct for a lot of people when something's broken.

Anyway, I would have done that, only I can't get to the BIOS at all. As I said, the thing starts up for a split second then shuts down before the motherboard's splash screen even shows up on my monitor. Before my monitor even registers a computer is booting up and wakes up from sleep mode in fact.

 

Oh. I apologize for that. I'm in another thread right now where my mind is being blown by something. I can't go into details, but let's just say that my jaw is on the floor because this guy built his own computer, he overclocked it, yet I'm having to explain how to copy and paste text from a basic text-only web page - and he's still not getting it. I'm just.... I dunno what to say. I'm so thrown off by this. I've never had to explain something so basic on here before to someone who has built their own computer, installed Windows, installed all their own programs, etc. etc. etc. I mean, dude. lol This should be 2nd nature to a geek.

 

ANYWAY... lol wow. All of this seemingly because you formatted and started over. I wonder if this was going to happen anyway. I'm stumped!

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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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post #8 of 13
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Oh. I apologize for that. I'm in another thread right now where my mind is being blown by something. I can't go into details, but let's just say that my jaw is on the floor because this guy built his own computer, he overclocked it, yet I'm having to explain how to copy and paste text from a basic text-only web page - and he's still not getting it. I'm just.... I dunno what to say. I'm so thrown off by this. I've never had to explain something so basic on here before to someone who has built their own computer, installed Windows, installed all their own programs, etc. etc. etc. I mean, dude. lol This should be 2nd nature to a geek.

ANYWAY... lol wow. All of this seemingly because you formatted and started over. I wonder if this was going to happen anyway. I'm stumped!

How do you build a computer, install the OS and programs, and not know how to copy paste...? I thought that was step one in becoming a geek!

Anyway (we seem to be saying anyway a lot), it is kind of unbelievable that this happened after I wiped everything and started over. From what I can tell, it's not a dead HDD because the computer doesn't even get that far into the boot process. I've seen a few forums with people having similar issues, but the causes and fixes are so varied it's hard to tell what's going on. Maybe a BIOS issue? PSU was working just 2 minutes before the thing broke so I doubt that's the issue.
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How do you build a computer, install the OS and programs, and not know how to copy paste...? I thought that was step one in becoming a geek!

Anyway (we seem to be saying anyway a lot), it is kind of unbelievable that this happened after I wiped everything and started over. From what I can tell, it's not a dead HDD because the computer doesn't even get that far into the boot process. I've seen a few forums with people having similar issues, but the causes and fixes are so varied it's hard to tell what's going on. Maybe a BIOS issue? PSU was working just 2 minutes before the thing broke so I doubt that's the issue.

 

Yeah, this one is a real mystery. I guess all that anyone will be able to recommend is doing typical troubleshooting. :/

 

I wanted so badly to find a proper place for another "anyway". Damn. Well, maybe next time. :)

 

Anyway, yeah, this one is way over my head! hahaha I did it. (and it really is over my head)

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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

Yeah, this one is a real mystery. I guess all that anyone will be able to recommend is doing typical troubleshooting. :/

I wanted so badly to find a proper place for another "anyway". Damn. Well, maybe next time. smile.gif

Anyway, yeah, this one is way over my head! hahaha I did it. (and it really is over my head)

Damn it, I guess I'll get on that... Tomorrow cause **** it's almost 1 AM here.

Anyway (the combo must continue)! I'll post here with any updates... And maybe someone will know what's going on.
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