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trouble booting up

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by vfwfw, Oct 3, 2003.

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  1. vfwfw

    vfwfw Thread Starter

    Nov 20, 2002
    I have been having an intermiitent problem booting up. Usually it is when I have only recently shut the computer down (ie. within the last few minutes).

    When I turn on the power, it appears to commence the POST, with the CD & FDD lights coming on briefly, and then the HDD light comes on and stays on.

    Sometimes just unplugging the computer from the wall rectifies the problem, and other times nothing I do will make it boot up, and I just have to wait for half an hour or so. It then boots up without a hitch.

    I have a P4 1.8 GHz, 512Mb RAM, Octek MB, Radeon 9200, 40Gb Maxtor HDD (Master), 10Gb Seagate HDD, DVD/CDROM and CDRW.

    I have just replaced the 300w PSU with a 400w PSU thinking that might be the problem, however it hasn't made any difference.
  2. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    I would suspect the HDD may not always spin up.
    Possibly worse when warm.
    You should make sure all data is backed up, as it could become permanent.
  3. zeddy


    May 3, 2003
    What OS are you using?
  4. dai


    Mar 6, 2003
    d/l the h/d diognostic program from your h/d manufacturer and run it
  5. rockinmale


    Feb 7, 2003
    I definately agree with the others. Backup you data!!!!

    Run the hard drive diagnostics disk on both drives. One could be failing causing the system to hang. Always double check to make sure the data cables are properly seated. Then again try another ide cable if you have an extra.

    Once you have your data backed up. Try disconnecting all your drives except for the c drive. Boot up and see if your problem is still persistant or goes away.

    If it goes away try attaching another drive 1 at a time and reboot. If the problem comes back you know what drives is causing the problem.

    I hope this helps.....
    good luck
  6. johnnychan


    Jul 30, 2003
    i had the exact same problem you have just described...i replaced everything and it ended up being the processor getting worst til it finally fried...now everything works fine with the new cpu...hope that helps you out
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