I have a problem with my Windows 2000 Pro pc at the moment (main specs 1400 Athlon, Abit KT7A-RAID, Seagate 120Gb HDD, 512Mb PC133 RAM, ATI Radeon 9600 XT - 128Mb). It could be hardware, but I am not sure, so I post it here in the meantime.
I am at a University Hall of Residence which doesn't help! I left my pc "locked" whilst being out for half an hour or so, as I would usually do, but when I got back I discovered that the mouse and keyboard weren't responding and therefore I couldn't log back in. No bother, I thought, a reboot will cure it. Except that the system now hangs in the middle of the Windows 2000 boot process, roughtly where the progress bar (on the Windows Logo screen) is at about 60%. In exactly the same place - every time. Cursing, I tried Safe mode, which hung at the end of the "starting windows 2000" black and white progress bar.... In fact I tried every booting option available, but to no avail. I then had a flash of inspiration; try resetting the BIOS to default values. Nope. I tried a lot of different things, however eventually it just booted. What was odd was that it appeared to be the same settings I had before, on a normal bootup. Exept that my network connection was unplugged... A little odd...
Anyway, for no apparant reason it did it again later that evening; whilst rebooting, it hung in roughly the same place. So I tried the last settings that worked - except that they no longer work. Somewhat irritating. I decided to carry on hitting "reset" and trying everything I could. This time, safe mode got me to the log on screen where once again my keyboard had stopped working, as had my (USB) mouse. Then as if by magic, on the next reboot, it works.
I have since left the PC on all night, but it being fairly noisy and my having a roommate this is not ideal. Does anyone have any ideas as to why it is doing this? The fact that I have previously left it "locked" for long periods of time, and it has never done this implies that either whatever someone did on the locked screen did something (I don't know what they did, but apparantly someone touched something - grrr) or that there is a hardware fault. It is kind of similar to what happened when my RAM failed early this year, but that was a problem which progressively got worse, and it happened whilst using my PC too. This problem *only* occurs when booting, once I have Windows running it seems very stable... which suggested to me a Windows, not hardware fault?
Thanks in advance - in the meantime, my CD writer shall be busy...