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Computer troubles, won't boot up unless it is warmed first
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January 20, 2011
7:49 PM
chinaguy
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My Dad is having a strange problem with his computer. Well, two problems actually. The first problem relates to booting up. It will not boot up unless we hold it next to a heater to warm it up first. It doesn't need to be hot but just warm. We don't have central heating here so the whole house isn't warm. Don't know exactly what temperature it is inside but maybe about 50 degrees fahrenheit. It seems to be related to the hard drive as it will only boot up if the hard drive light turns on. So maybe the problem is related to the temperature of the Hard Disk Drive. The other problem is that it often freezes. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to when his computer freezes but it can happen at any time. My guess is that the freezing also relates to the the temperature but of course it is not my computer and I can't confirm that. If anyone has ANY ideas that might relate to this I would appreciate it. Hopefully I can get this fixed for him.

January 20, 2011
11:17 PM
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Don't really know what the problem is myself, but I do know 50 degrees is not too cold for any electronics. I would do some scans and maybe try CHKDSK and something like Everest (there's an older freeware around) or AIDA, Goodluck.

January 21, 2011
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So it can start up fine as long as it is warm. And it will keep running fine without freezing as long as it is warm. I am running checkdisk now with the options to fix things checked. Hopefully that will fix the problem if possible. Will post back later on the result. Not sure why it would be related to the temperature. But it definitely seems to be. I just looked and it says that it replaced some bad clusters in the pagefile so who knows maybe that will fix the problem. But still have to wait for it to finish running and see if it makes any other repairs. Thanks for the suggestion. My Dad says that apparently it did run chkdsk another time recently. If this doesn't work then I will try everest though I thought that was only for computer information.

January 29, 2011
1:56 PM
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Been a while now but thought I'd ask if you got it running properly. It's good that CHKDSK fixed some bad clusters, don't see how it would have to do with the temp thing though, most likely corrected errors that happened when it kept freezing and you had to shut it down. I mentioned Everest because it sounds like it might be a hardware problem and it may give you more information. If you get this let us know.

January 29, 2011
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Yes it seems to be fixed now. And it was a hardware issue. We ended up taking it to a place that repairs computers and they fixed it after several tries. Not sure exactly what the problem was but seems there may have been a loose connection.

February 1, 2011
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Good to hear it's fixed, and without having to replace anything. One thing you may want to start doing if you don't already do it, is backing up to another HD, from my experience once you get bad clusters/sectors that need to be fixed (which are actually locations on your HD which are now defective and are ignored) it seems your HD will eventually fail. It may last for a long time, may not, just better to be safe and keep the important stuff safe. Also good that they were honest and didn't try to sell you crap, that kind of stuff happens way too often. Wish I could have helped out more, but either way it seemed to turn out well.

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