My computer does not start unless I restart it multiple times

Computer is not passing POST

If your computer is not beeping or beeping irregularly when it is not starting see the POST troubleshooting steps.

Note: A computer may not be passing POST because of any of the below reasons. However, the beep code may help isolate what hardware is causing the problem.

Bad power supply or inadequate power supply

Computer power supplyA bad, failing, or inadequate power supply is often the cause of this issue. If the hard drive is not getting enough power during the first time the computer starts, it cannot spin the hard drive platters fast enough to start the computer. However, if you restart the computer two, three, or more times, because the platters are already spinning, it can get the drive up to speed and able to boot off the drive.

If you are encountering this issue after installing new hardware in the computer, it is also possible the power supply in the computer is not supplying adequate power to the computer. For most computers, we recommend you have at the least a 300-watt power supply. If you have installed a new video card, a bigger power supply may be needed.

Note: If you have a laptop computer and you are powering up the computer without a power cord, make sure it is not a lack of power from the battery by connecting the power cord. If the computer powers up fine when plugged in replace the main battery.

Our first recommendation is to replace or replace and upgrade the power supply in the computer.

Bad hard drive

This issue may also be a failing or bad hard drive. Similar to the above issue, if there is a failure within the hard drive that is causing the disk platters to not spin up fast enough during the initial power up, you may also encounter this issue.

If after replacing the power supply you continue to experience the same issue, it is likely that the hard drive is at fault, and we suggest replacing the hard drive.

Other hardware issue

Although not as likely as the above two causes (bad power supply or hard drive), other hardware can potentially cause this issue to occur. Below are some other possibilities that may cause this issue.

Cable

Replace the IDE/EIDE interface cable connected from the motherboard to the hard drive. If the cable is defective, it could cause various issues with your hard drive.

Motherboard

Finally, if the computer continues to exhibit the same issue after following all of the above steps, it is likely that the motherboard is defective and needs to be replaced.

Additional information

  • See our boot, reboot, and start definitions for further information and related links on these term.