How to Fix a PC Which Won't Boot Computers are the way of the world . But there is nothing more annoying than a broken PC. PC's breakdown from time to time, it happens...

How to Fix a PC Which Won't Boot

Computers are the way of the world. But there is nothing more annoying than a broken PC. PC's breakdown from time to time, it happens. This is a guide to repair a desktop computer that won't start up.

Fix a PC Which Won Boot

Step 1 :- First of all you have to determine the cause. Constantly restart the PC in order to confirm that it won't boot. Next you should try the PC on it's side to eliminate a connection error. This could either be a burnt out or worn contact or simply a connection which has come loose. After this you can start the process of fixing the problem..

Step 2 :- There are a couple of problems that will cause a computer not to boot these are: Corrupted BIOS, Corrupted Start up files, corrupted hard drive (containing startup files) or a broken motherboard.

Step 3 :- If absolutely nothing happens when you press the power switch:
  • Check that it is plugged in and switched on both at the wall and at the back of the base unit, check that the wall socket has power.
  • Check the power supply by removing it and testing it in another machine, if it works fine in another machine, check your power switch connections.
  • Check the fuse in the power supply; typically if it is blown, blackened, or the little thread inside is interrupted, when held against a light.
  • If the connections are fine it is likely that your motherboard has died.

Step 4 :- Check for a faulty Motherboard
  • Remove every connection and component from your motherboard except for the power, front panel, CPU assembly, RAM and graphics card, switch it on.
  • If you have more than one stick of RAM test them one at a time.
  • If this works then reconnect your other devices (Switch it off first!) one by one until you find out which one is causing the problem.
  • If your hear sounds of the disk starting, but nothing ever happens on the screen, the BIOS might be corrupted. That can happen when you try to flash it with a newer version, or if an ugly virus flashes it with garbage. If so, the BIOS needs to be reloaded correctly, or the chip replaced. Note: Not all computers have their BIOS in a flashable EPROM, so this might or might not apply.
  • If the board makes a sequence of loud beeps, there is a hardware error in one of the basic components. Two beeps mean 'no monitor found', four beeps 'no memory found', etc. (that list is not for sure). It is the BIOS reporting that it misses an elementary part to continue. Find out which part is broken (or really missing), and replace it.

Step 5 :- Replace the Boot Sector
  • Place windows installer disc into drive.
  • When prompted, press R to start the recovery console.
  • When asked which system you want to log into press 1, then enter.
  • You should now have a C:\WINDOWS\ prompt, type FIXBOOT, then press enter.
  • Type FIXMBR and press enter (that means 'FIX the Master Boot Record' = FIXMBR).
  • Reboot the machine, if it works, you are done.

Step 6 :- Check your BIOS settings
  • To enter the BIOS menu you must tap a certain key as soon as you switch on the PC, this is usually DEL or F2 but it will say on screen, e.g. 'PRESS DEL FOR SETUP'
  • All BIOS menus differ, what you are looking for is a bit called Primary Master, which should have some numbers after it, if it does, then your drive is not at fault, move on.
  • If Primary Master has no information after it your hard drive is not being detected, if you are able, change the setting next to Primary Master so that it says 'Auto'.
  • Save and exit the BIOS, if your computer boots, stop here.
  • If your hard drive is not detected this time you will need to open up the case and check the connections.

Step 7 :- Check for a faulty hard drive
  • Remove your hard drive and put it in another PC if possible.
  • If it does not work in another PC then it is dead, buy a new one.
  • If it does work in another PC, try using different cables.
  • If different cables make no difference your motherboard may be faulty.

Step 8 :- Another reason why pcs often do not start is that people accidentally remove their drives on the computer when safely removing usb's and other hardware devices..!!
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