PC won't fire up

  okwhenitworks 28 Apr 12
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My aging PC won't fire up. Starting from urned off at socket when I switch socket on the fans start and the disc light comes on but it does not start up. Previous to this for about a week it kept crashing but would work for a while at a time. I'm going to replace it with a laptop but how can I get files off old PC if it wont fire up?

  buteman 28 Apr 12

Old Pc check the air vents for Dust and fluff if so inside will need cleaning as well.Amazing how much dust and fluff a computer will gather after a year or two.

keep tapping F8 as the computer starts and go to safe mode with nettworking to see if it will work on there.or last good configuration or system restore all in safe mode.

  onthelimit1 28 Apr 12

If you can't get it going, remove the hard drive and connect to your new laptop with a caddy or cable. I use something like this adaptor

  KRONOS the First 28 Apr 12

"Previous to this for about a week it kept crashing but would work for a while at a time!!!!!"

That was the time to ask for help, but as onthelimit1 says remove the hard-drive and either use a caddy or adapter to get access to your file. you might also want to think about backing up your files in the future. Then if your PC does fail you at least have your files elsewhere.

  okwhenitworks 28 Apr 12

Thanks! I'd tried cleaning the fluff out and there was a lot. Could have contributed / cuased problem but cleaning it out hasn't helped. Glad to hear that there is a way of connecting old hard drive to salvage files. Bit crap with technology but sure I'll find a mate that cna help with that one.

  onthelimit1 28 Apr 12

Just checked my link - the adaptor I pointed to is SATA only - and older drive may well be IDE. There are adaptors that will connect to either, eg this one

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 28 Apr 12

when I switch socket on the fans start and the disc light comes on but it does not start up.

Could be a few things:

Faulty PSU - will it boot from a linux cd?

Corrupt boot files on hard drive - will beable to get data from drive using linux cd and mem stick.

failed hard drive (mech / elec) - worse case data not recoverable.

bad motherboard / psu - put drive in caddy and use another machine to extract data.

loose or bad memory - remove and refit / try one stick at a time.

graphics card loose or dead - remove refit retry.

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