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Old 03-22-2004, 03:58 AM   #1
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Reboot only after long wait

I am using a two and a half year old computer that I built myself. Recently I tried to compile the ivtv driver for one of my capture cards, but the system tended to freeze when I would load the module. As a result I would simply shut my computer off not knowing what to do. I dont know if this is related but now I cant boot my computer after shutting it down without waiting a good twenty minutes or so. I used to be able to shut down and boot again without any difficulty. I am thinking that the cpu must be too hot to reboot. Has anyone delt with something like this?

Should I apply some new paste between the heat sink and the cpu?

Surely my heatsink doesnt need to be replaced.

Could there be some other entirely unguessable problem? Something to do with the power source?

Or am I on the verge of seeing some component fail? I have three maxtor hds, a cdrom burner and dvd burner, three tv tuner cards, and other expected stuff.

Thanks for your suggestions.

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Old 03-22-2004, 04:19 AM   #2
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Is this the same as:

Computer will only start sometimes ( post #1)
Switch on the power and nothing happens. But sometimes the computer does come on. It would be easy to get the idea that it will come on if there has been quite a time before it was last on; but am not at all sure of this. Is this something to worry about?

(Incidentally, thought it was the on/off switch, so cut it off and twisted the wires together. So now the switch on the wall plug has become its on-off switch. Is this liable to damage it?)

Thanks any help.
If so see below:
Old 03-23-2004, 07:02 AM   #3
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Kroeneker - take it you're saying the light on the front won't come on when you press the 'on' switch? If so I have exact same problem. Very much doubt it caused by overheating. But I have, what I consider, a very interesting theory of what is happening. If it's true we are both in the clear. Just posted the below, in the thread mentioned above. Any thoughts?


But have a theory about this:

A few posts further up, yesterday, someone was asking the same question - seemed like: bit ambiguouse. They made the point I should have made: that had kept swithching computer on and off a lot before problem developed (trying to get a network up with only one keyboard.)

How about: BIOS is *designed* to stop the ignorant from buggering the computer; if user keeps switching on and off with low time, measure by clock, between it does what has happened to me, it refuses to switch on untill some time has elapsed. The appauled punter rings the shop; the shop says 'calm yourself my dear' or 'That'll be a few US cents' if there's no warranty. Think this entirely possible.

(Possible the people on here might not know this as common knowledge for they do not ABUSE the on/off button and they have a shed load of keyboards and everything else you can think of.)

Anybody know??


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