Few months back, I wrote an article about how to fix the busy hard drive issue on an XP computer , I actu
y did all the steps I have listed in the article and at the end of all the steps, it seemed like my busy hard drive issue got fixed for ever.
After a few weeks time, the red light under the start button started to glow continuos again and made me worry a lot. Even though I was really worried about the condition of my tower (CPU), I did not bother to look in to my CPU to know what’s really happening there. I was sure about one thing, about my CPU turning off and never turning on again!!
And my fears came true yesterday when my CPU went down without any notification. I was able to turn it on, but only for few seconds. I was so frustrated and got mad about the CPU.
Now here is what you should do if you are in the same situation. First, isolate the issue, make sure that it is not the software which is at fault but the hardware. How to do this? If you are not coming across any blue screen what so ever, it means that your software, hard disk and everything else is in good shape.
Let me interpret the exact issue I had so that you won’t confuse another issue with this one. My red light was glowing all the time, I wasn’t able to start the computer properly, it took very long time for my computer to turn on. Sometimes a black screen with the cursor will be there forever and finally the windows screen will appear.
Sometimes, the system will restart without any notification; it will continue to do all the day frustrating me. The tower is unusually hot and my CPU is very quiet.
If the above mentioned things are happening in your CPU, this is the issue folks!!
There are two possibilities. Either the fans running inside your tower (remember the fan
running in the mother board and the power supply fans are different). These fans cool the tower by blowing air in to it. During the repair, we found out that both fans have failed. Finally, we came to know the whole power supply box with a fan inside it have failed and that is the reason for all the start up troubles we had. I did not agree with my technician at first as I thought it my computer had some software issues.
He brought a new power supply box (costs under $10 here) , like the one below and replaced the faulty one. And that’s it!! Everything was back to normal and my computer is zooming like ever!