Computer failing to 'fire' when booting after being left off overnight
Posted on 2004-10-07
I have an intermittent problem with my box.
For about a week, when I turn it on after it’s been left off overnight, something doesn’t quite fire right, and it doesn’t even get to an early stage of the boot process (the monitors remain switched off). Following this, I usually reset it a few times – sometimes the monitors remain off whilst the floppy disk drive continually clicks, but after a few restarts, eventually something fires, the monitors click into action, and display the bios etc.
Once this happens it usually takes another restart or two to actually boot successfully.. Today, it hung whilst checking RAM, the time before it complained it couldn’t find a crucial Windows file, the time before that it blue-screened.
However, after this happens, it boots fine and then works perfectly – I can even restart it or turn it off and on, and it everything works perfectly. It’s a start-up problem that only seem to occur when turning it on from cold after a night of being turned off.
I would appreciate any advice as to what might be causing these start-up problems, I’m assuming it must be hardware failure somewhere but due to a different error every time I turn it on, I have no idea where to start.