Sorry - Windows bootup help needed.

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Nickygoat, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. Nickygoat macrumors 6502a

    Nickygoat

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    I know this is not a Boot Camp problem but I know there are a lot of technically savvy users on here, and I can't find an answer Googling around.
    My girlfriends Win XP laptop refuses to boot up. It reaches the bootup screen (the one with the Press Esc, F2 and F12 commands) but after that it comes up with the error message "Thermal fan works abnormally - this computer will shut down in 8 seconds". It then shuts down.
    Holding F8 to get into Safe Mode just freezes the whole thing, necessitating a hard reset.
    She doesn't have the original discs (they're in Denmark) but I can probably get hold of an XP disc.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    It's not XP that's the problem. It sounds like a BIOS error, or possibly a hardware (fan or motherboard) failure. I'd take the machine into a computer store, somewhere that really knows what they're talking about...
     
  3. Nickygoat thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nickygoat

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    I thought that might be the problem. Hoping it wasn't but......
    Nearest place is PC World :eek: - don't think I'll be taking it there.
    Thanks for the help.
     
  4. iCeQuBe macrumors regular

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    You could go into the bios on bootup and disable that warning. It could just be a sensor that is bad the problem is if it is a fan that is bad you could end up frying a CPU or Northbridge chip. You best bet is to take it to an authorized repair center. Is it still under warranty by any chance?
     
  5. Nickygoat thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nickygoat

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    How do I get into BIOS if it freezes on startup? Any key combo makes it freeze.
    I'm worried about frying the mobo but if it does at least I can get her to buy a MacBook ;)
    No - I don't it's under warranty any more. And if it is that would be in Denmark and she's not going back for a month.
     
  6. iCeQuBe macrumors regular

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    Well if hitting F2 or whatever the key is to get into the bios makes it freezer then I thin kyou are out of luck. I thought it froze just when you went into windows safe mode with F8. Sorry.
     
  7. madog macrumors 65816

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    It may be a real problem and your CPU might be getting so hot and worked up that it just stops working. Changing your BIOs might just be a temporary solution to a bigger problem.
     

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