Last week my computer got some dirty power during a surge. It was on, I never leave it on, but had been leaving it on in order to get some writing done in between other things around the house. (I usually turn it off every night as I don't have a UPS for it.) My wife was home and said the PC restarted itself after the surge. She didn't want it to happen again, so she turned it off from the Win7 login screen and then unplugged it.
Today I got back from a few days away and plugged my PC back in and booted it up. It immediately went into a Startup Repair process. It asked for a restore point, which I don't have, so I told it as much and it proceeded to try to fix itself. Ended up failing the repair.
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairOffline
Problem Signature01: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature02: 6.1.7600.16385
Problem Signature03: unknown
Problem Signature04: 211
Problem Signature05: AutoFailover
Problem Signature06: 1
Problem Signature07: BadDriver
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
I hit finish and it shut off. Rebooted the PC and it came on no problem. I proceeded to backup all my writing and my daughter's videos from the last few years for a second time. Then, played a PBEM game that I had to get back to Swampy and answered a little email. Then I rebooted it to finish some Windows updates that had cued up. It didn't boot, instead coming up with a message about Startup failure in gray on a black screen. It wanted me to launch Startup Repair, or boot normally. I choose boot normally and after a third time trying that option it finally booted up.
So... what's my trouble shooting look like from here? Where do I start? I'm actually in the mood to wipe the hard drive and start fresh, as I've got a lot of crap beta and alpha games clogging this thing up and I'm sure some of them are gumming up the works. But before I do that ordeal I want to make sure there's nothing wrong hardware wise. Since this all started with a power surge I'm inclined to think something is wonky with the PSU. But that's just conjecture.