Problem with my computer

@eagle271 (179)
Canada
June 23, 2010 10:57am CST
Hello, I am looking for getting an advice about my problem with my pc. I bought it in 2006, so it is about 4 years old. As matter fact, about 5 months ago, I started to get problems with it. Simply, when I press the power button to turn on the pc, nothing happens, Windows doesn't start and my monitor screen says: Monitor going to sleep and it remains dark. So, I must restart de pc like 10 times, 100 times, and sometimes I must wait about 3-4 hrs before restarting it. After many tries of pressing the power button, Windows finally wakes up and work. So, I do not turn off my pc anymore. For about 5 months now, my pc has been ON non-stop 24hrs a day. I know it's not too good, but I am fed up of always waiting hours to make Windows work. Anyone here knows anything about computers and windows ? Is my pc dying slowly? Before investing money for repairing it, should I buy a new pc or ask a technician to fix the problem ? I am a student at University, so I had problems since January for doing my researches and writing my assignments. Hope to get some advices here, If so, I thank you in advance... Have a nice day, Bye Bye
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6 responses
@jurekz (361)
• Indonesia
23 Jun 10
U almost the same problem with me I could be thinking to buy a power supply, but the moment I'm not holding cash... ...I went to internet cafes and the coincidence that a friend of mine operators in the internet cafes. then I chatted with him about my computer problems. then he give me a solution. your computer you've ever cleaned? I have not replied. if so try is to clean it. then I came home and I tried to clean my computer like my friend said. so you've tried to clean the dust on your computer?
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
24 Jun 10
I agree with jurekz! Dust is the number 2 reason for computer malfunction! (1st is human error). Try cleaning your computer. There's nothing to it really. just open your pc, check were everything is connected and dust away. Don't vacuum because you might vacuum out a few pieces.
@eagle271 (179)
• Canada
24 Jun 10
Hi there, I don't think its about a power supply, but more like an inside component that is weak or dying. About the dust, I did clean the inside my desktop computer and that did not work after that. So, it isn't that too. I will simply bring it to a professional technician and have it evaluate before investing any money in it. Thank you.
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
23 Jun 10
Its the power button. since we can not replace the power button/switch you can re-route it to the reset button, what i mean is you open your desktop, you can trace the cables for the power and reset button, now you will see these wires connected to your motherboard, pull the reset button cable tips from your motherboard, and put it in the pins for the power button,( they are located side by side) Now your reset button is the power button. I hope you get what i mean, the power buttons are irreplaceable otherwise you will need to buy a new casing to have a new power button. I will get back to you if you have more questions on this power/reset problem
@eagle271 (179)
• Canada
23 Jun 10
Hello, Thanks for replying, your tip is interesting. Although, It is not my type to open up the PC and play with those components. So, I'll might ask a friend and/or bring it to a technician for some professional help. Do you think it is normal for a computer to die down or break apart after 4 years ? Thank you, have a nice day.
• United States
23 Jun 10
Buy a new one... Perhaps there is some kind of information desk in your university you can bring your computer to and ask them to check it for you...In my university,it's for free... Call the costomer service is also helpful... If it is a laptop ,don't OPEN yourself...I really recommend you buy a new one... If it is a desktop,you can follow the instrction online try to open it and clean it...Perhaps there is dust... Due to your problem,maybe the BIOS is broken? If it broke after you repair it ,don't hesitate to buy a new one... I have the experince to use a laptop(IBM) for 5 years and suddenly broken and the money to repair it is much more expensive than the machine itself...
@eagle271 (179)
• Canada
24 Jun 10
Hello there, Perhaps I should get some information at the university about checking the problem. I'll have to call them, I didn't thought of it, because I am not sure if there is a service for computer problems. Its a desktop, and I did clean the dust that was accumulating a couple months ago. But that did not work, the problem still occurring. Anyway, I think I'm gonna make some repairs or have it evaluate before investing money. I would prefer to buy a new computer and sell this one or send to special organizations that recuperates old computers. thank you
• United States
23 Jun 10
Before i had the same experience of what you experience right now.I had an experience when i will going to turn on my computer it does not turn on it remains black and i cannot see anything.It happens all the time then my husband help me to reformat my computer and then he finds out that there is a virus in my computer that was the main reason why i cannot turn the computer on.So afterhe reformat my computer it is doing well but of course i have to use an anti virus.The anti virus that we are using is bitdefender,it is the number 1 anti virus.
@eagle271 (179)
• Canada
23 Jun 10
Hi, Well I can't reformat my computer, because I never had the Windows XP CD when I bought my computer package. So, I do lots of cleaning and scans and so far I don't have virus. I have Avast for antivirus and it is good. I don't have any problems with it. I hope your virus is gone and your PC works well. But I think I'll have to go see a professional technician to repair my computer. Thanks for writing
• India
23 Jun 10
Since you yourself are unable to locate the root cause of the problem I think you must show it to some good technician. I feel since the pc is working and only thing it takes time to come on there is some problem with SMPS. It is not very expensive. Changing it will solve your problem.
@eagle271 (179)
• Canada
23 Jun 10
Hello there, Thank you for replying. I am thinking to go see a professional technician about my problem. I'm hoping it is not too expensive and since I am a student at a University, I can't afford to spend lots on money of fixing it. I do hope to continue to use my computer for a couple of more years. I bought it 4 years ago and already it is breaking apart. Anyway, I might go see soon a technician. Thank you.
@common_man (1799)
• India
23 Jun 10
Hi Your description indicates that there is problem either in your power-on switch or SMPS of your computer. its not a major problem . call a technicians to fix it.
@eagle271 (179)
• Canada
23 Jun 10
Hello, Thank you for your response. Indeed, I was thinking of bringing my computer to a technician for let him or her looking at it. I'm hoping it won't be too expensive. I was wondering, is it normal for a computer to start having problems after 4 years ? I'm hoping to keep my computer as long as possible. Have a nice day.