Approx. start date
Dec 31, 1969
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Its stayed the same.
Steps taken, but unsuccessful?
Researching to no avail.
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Kristin

It is a Dell Vostro 200 running Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit with SP3, originally came with SP2. I have been having this issue for a few months now and I can't seem to find any topics related to my specific issue, it took me by surprise one day because its never done this before and I think this all started in the past three months of last year. When I press the power button it will start to boot up but then the power light will turn amber and it will completely shut off but then it starts up again, it does this a total of two times and then by the third time it will boot up and beep once, then I can access my desktop and it all works fine. But when I restart, it will do the same exact thing but only once, and then boots up but won't beep. I know its not over heating because I clean it well with compressed air and check it with Speccy, it also doesn't restart suddenly while I'm using it. I don't know what could be causing this, if it was one of the speakers that fell on the tower and knocked something loose or the power cord is going bad. I'm not a computer expert, I know a few things here and there but I've never worked inside of one, this isn't so much a problem as it is a nuisance, its just frustrating that I can't find any topic about it.
 
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Kristin

The power adapter does not supply enough current for starting the engine properly of HDD (very old)
You're not talking to a technically savvy person here lol, what does that mean and what can I do to fix it?
 
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LabZero

You're not talking to a technically savvy person here lol, what does that mean and what can I do to fix it?
Solve the problem on a forum is difficult, but it is likely that the problem.

The solution is to go to a Service Center (power supply costs about 50$)
 
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Kristin

Solve the problem on a forum is difficult, but it is likely that the problem.

The solution is to go to a Service Center (power supply costs about 50$)
Is it difficult to replace? I wouldn't feel comfortable myself replacing it, I know of two gentlemen that could though.
 
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Kristin

And to be clear, we're talking about a component inside the machine, not the power cord itself?
 
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Kristin

Could it be failing because its old or because of power surges?
 
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LabZero

Well, a big problem is Windows XP.
Without support became an OS very insecure.
Use at least one very effective antivirus. .. ;)
 
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Kristin

Well its had a good run to last this long, most things now don't even last half that. This computer was the second one we purchased, so it has some sentimental value to it, and I have a program that won't run on newer Windows versions and I really don't want to install a virtual machine on my Windows 7 computer just to run that one program.
 
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