Dell Dimension 4100 boot problem
Posted on 2004-10-04
I have a Dell Dimension 4100 that will sometime boot fine and at other times do the following: (in order)
1. Startup and count ram in 4k intervals from 0 to 512mb (512 is the total amt ram)
2. produce a blank screen while a lot of hd acivity is present.
3. either reboot (count ram again) or the screen will stay blank and the hd activity will stop.
4. Once in a while it will start Windows so you can hit f8 and boot into safe mode.
Once in safe mode if you exit out (not making any changes) you can boot into Windows and everything is fine.
At other times, I use Norton GO-back and re-install the entire drive and then reboot which also will work.
I replace the hard disk with a new one and the problem persists. I am aming my guns at either memory or the motherboard but am not sure since the system will come up at times and function normally.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this problem ?