I am having an intermittent problem when booting my pc. At switch on, the pc gets to the first couple of boot-up sceens to where it says boot from CD Rom, if there is no bootable CD present, the pc will try and boot from the HDD. It then displays a Y and infinity symbol (8 on it's side)and a Y and infinity symbol, e.g. Y∞Y∞ (paste this code into an HTML and you will see what I mean); and I can't get any further. I can't boot to safe mode either.
To resolve this, I have to re-install a backup image from a second HDD. The pc boots up OK after this.
This problem can happen at any time, twice in the same day is the most that it's happened.
My main HDD does run quite hot, 50 - 55 deg C, but I don't think it is a temperature related problem, as it can happen after the pc has been off for some time.
My OS is Windows XP Pro with SP2
CPU P4 1.7 GHz
Ram 712 MB
HDD - 3 of configured as 1 Master on IDE to Mobo, plus 2 HDD's connected to PCI IDE card & configured as primary master & secondary master. This configuration has worked well for the last year, the problem I am having has only started in the last few weeks.
My AV is up to date Kaspersky 6 with latest definitions & I run PC Doctor up to date, I am also behind a router.
BIOS Boot Sequence
2. CD Rom
3. HDD 0
Both my C & D drives are Maxtor HD's and I have run Maxtor Powermax HD Diagnostics on both these drives, no errors were detected.