Caught in a boot-loop, hard disk spins down

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Alex Ethridge

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Machine is caught in a boot-loop. It boots goes to Windows 2000 splash screen, then runs CHKDSK, then the hard disk spins down (I can hear that.) and then restarts and repeats.

Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000-G board, Pentium 4 2.8-GHz processor, 512 RAM.
All other IDE (PATA) devices have been disconnected. No SATA present. Power supply monitor shows no drop in voltage.

In the past, it would be running fine then I would occasionally hear the hard disk spin down and the machine would then freeze up. I would then reboot the computer and it would run fine for several days or just a day or two when it would happen again. I thought it was the hard disk failing so I replaced it. No change. Now, it's in a continuous loop.

I've checked the BIOS and I don't see anything apparent in there.

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As many times as I have run into that very problem, I forgot to check them; but, on close inspection they all appear to be in perfect condition.
 

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I restored from a drive image made at a time when this boot-loop problem didn't exist and it didn't help. But, I remembered the occasional spin down has been a problem for a very long time and I could not be sure that it didn't start at some point many months ago before the image was made.

So, I reinstalled everything from scratch, Windows 98, then 2000, all updates and basic configurations and then did an image I could fall back on. I then installed the board and peripheral drivers. So far, I haven't heard a spin-down.

I can only guess that there was a problem with a corrupt file or a bad driver. Only time will tell if the problem is still lurking in there somewhere..
 

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Update:

For the last three days, I have off and on been swapping parts out of this machine. I swapped everything, even the main board and power supply. The only common factor that remains (that I can think of) is that the video cards, although swapped, were all nVidia cards. I've been running nVidia cards in all three systems that use this identical board for over a year without a problem. All the AGP spares I have here that I can test with are nVidia and I got no change in result so I dug out an old S3 Virge PCI video card and all seems to work fine (at least for the moment).

I am so fatigued over this machine, I am hesitant to say 'it is fixed'.

I am beginning to think there might be some compatibility issue between this board's chipset and nVidia cards.
 
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