System won't boot unless pull power cord and let sit for a few minutes

Posted on 2006-11-17
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
Strange one here.
Plugged in system from customer.  Booted fine but system clock wrong.  Reset clock, rebooted and all was fine. Then powered down sysem, removed power plug and let rest.  Plugged power back in, and the same thing occurred.  Powered down, and replaced CMOS battery (clock was also wrong in BIOS prior).  Booted and reset clock in CMOS.  Booted fine.  Powered down, then tried to reboot.  Received error beeps, turned off system, tried rebooting.  Same beeps.  Turned off, pulled power cord, let rest for 10 minutes.  Powered on and it booted (with wrong time in BIOS).  This is driving me nuts.  Could it be the motherboard?
Customer was complaining that her video was not working (her monitor would not show booting).  I went to her home with another monitor and replaced monitor while PC was still running... and NOTHING.  And I know the monitor was good!  Brought it back to my lab (the PC), booted and it worked with the monitor.. but then noticed the system clock.
Any suggestions?
High points since this is driving me nuts!
Question by:mchyzik
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 3

Expert Comment

ID: 17970756
sounds like a dead cmos battery.

$2.00 at walmart gets a new battery.
LVL 92

Expert Comment

ID: 17970770
>>       <<    yes, it can be; look also for bad capacitors :
you can also try another power supply, in case that one is dying.

Accepted Solution

bgbeer earned 500 total points
ID: 17970791
oops, I read again and found you did replace the battery.

I'm leaning towards bad moterboard.

do as nobus suggested and check mobo for damage.

just had one in today that had blown mosfits and capacitors.

I don't think it's th powersupply because the cmos is losing time.
Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

LVL 92

Expert Comment

ID: 17970799
alternatively, you can try booting with the minimum :
mobo, cpu, 1 ramstick, video card, keyb + mouse.
do you get a display? and does it reboot if you hold the power button for 6 seconds?

Author Comment

ID: 17971502
I am already booting with the minimum...all components integrated on MB.  No display unless I pull out the power cord and let the computer sit for at least 10 minutes before booting again.  Then it boots normally THE FIRST TIME..  If I shut down, then try to boot (without taking out the power plug and resting the unit) I only get a  black screen at boot.  I think it is the motherboard as well but wanted to see what you 'experts' thought before giving the bad news to my client!
LVL 92

Expert Comment

ID: 17971510
>>  all components integrated on MB  <<  you can try whern tey are disabled from the bios

Expert Comment

ID: 17971567
this has nothing to do with any other peice of hardware except the motherboard.

the only other thing you might try is to find another dead motherboard that is exactly like this one and pull the bios chip and replace the one on your board. (this only has a 50/50 chance of working)  

Featured Post

Raise the IQ of Your IT Alerts

From IT major incidents to manufacturing line slowdowns, every business process generates insights that need to reach the people required to take action. You need a platform that integrates with your business tools to create fully enabled DevOps toolchains.

You need xMatters.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

How can this article save you time AND money?  In just a few minutes you may discover something you didn't know existed that is easy enough for you to fix yourself!
I use more than 1 computer in my office for various reasons. Multiple keyboards and mice take up more than just extra space, they make working a little more complicated. Using one mouse and keyboard for all of my computers makes life easier. This co…
Finding and deleting duplicate (picture) files can be a time consuming task. My wife and I, our three kids and their families all share one dilemma: Managing our pictures. Between desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and cameras; over the last decade…
In this video, viewers will be given step by step instructions on adjusting mouse, pointer and cursor visibility in Microsoft Windows 10. The video seeks to educate those who are struggling with the new Windows 10 Graphical User Interface. Change Cu…

718 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question