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04-May-2012, 01:32 PM #1
PC wont boot.....sometimes
Hi ~ I built this MOD over a year ago. Have this problem that "sometimes" won't boot up. It gets to the mobo splash screen (EVGA) and then just sits there. I toggle the power supple off and on and that solves it....sometimes. Other times I just keep booting it until it comes up. Reloaded OS & used "windows repair" nope. Thought it might be my Video display card...so I replaced it. Not enough RAM? Went from 6 to 24...no help. .
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TIA Marcia
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05-May-2012, 02:50 PM #2
External hard drives plugged in at boot time can cause that - sometimes a small BIOS setting change will fix that, but in my case I have to ensure that all five of my external hard drives are switched off when I power up my PC (they are all connected to a switched, mains-powered external hub to save me having to physically unplug them).

Another possibility is a "flakey" hard drive. you can test it with Seagate SeaTools (it can be used to test any brand of hard drive). Get it here (click"Downloads" on the page): http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/
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05-May-2012, 06:26 PM #3
Thank you for reply. I do have an external HD but I "remove" it at night. Already checked internal HD with Seagate tools. (It actually is a Seagate drive). I have wiped the drive and reloaded OS. I usually do that about every 6 months or so. I am worried it is the MOBO. I have written to EVGA to see if they have any answers. I have a lifetime replacement on the MOBO but I hate to have to do that! Might as well upgrade the processor...but it is double the price of what I paid for this one and not THAT much better.
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