The Power Went Out

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jessicarose

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JohnP

 Geez guys, have you ever heard of CLEARING the BIOS? Y'know, that little jumper that resets the BIOS? This is step one in any boot problem.

As for warm starts vs cold starts, start with the basics first. Clear the BIOS, unplug the computer for at least 10 minutes to fully power down the capacitors, check for loose power and I/O cables, reseat the memory chips, and remove any devices and internal cards that are not essential to a successful boot up. Run memory test, then chkdsk on the hard drive.

These are THE standard troubleshooting tree for ANY problem. Heh, There is an article for MPC right there. the standard troubleshooting tree. 

 

 

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devin3627

failing UPSs can also cause hardware damage alone. someone correct me for i could be wrong. i just came in and my tv was flipping on and off because my UPS battery went bad.

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Tekzel

"Usually power outages, brownouts, and spikes lead to hardware damage."

SOMETIMES power outages, brownouts, and spikes lead to hardware damage. A decent surge supressor can mitigate that hugely, and a good UPS even more.

Something you didn't mention, unless I missed it, I would recommend he goes in and resets his BIOS to the optimal defaults and then resets special settings.

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JohnP

 Clearing the BIOS is step one. I am amazed they did not mention it. So I rewrote the troubleshooting tree above. Good call.

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zstadt

If you're using an EVGA motherboard (especially P55), they're notorious for their double boot.  I know because I had the same thing happen (although it wasn't after a power outage, it was after building the PC).  As of the release of the newest BIOS (A51), the double boot is an option.

Hope this helps! 

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