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Computer consistantly takes multiple times to boot up

Posted on 2006-11-15
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Windows XP AMD 64 4000 + , 2 gigs ram, asis - aan32-sli deluxe motherboard
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All of a sudden , desktop will sometimes will boot all the way to the logon screen and locks up, sometimes it wont even get past the windows splash screen, sometimes it locks up sooner.  Havent installed anything new, havent added any new hardware.  Cant boot into safemode either, getting problems booting into that mode as well.
Sometimes if I try it 8 or 9 times it will finally boot up, then it runs fine.
Any suggestions ? Help ?
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Question by:dmccormi35
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by:saw830
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Hi dmccormi35,

Is this happening when you power up, or any time a reboot happens?  If the system is already running will the sytem boot?

What I'm getting at is that the highest load on the power supply is when the system is being powered up.  This is due to all of the electronics coming on at the same time as the drives are spinning up.  If the power supply is getting weak it could cause this behavior.

Hope this helps,
Alan
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by:dmccormi35
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Alan,
have more power than it needs, it happens off and on and the power supply is relatively new.
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by:PhilJMcDougall
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Had similar problem in the past although mine was the gfx card, try if you have another one (or can borrow one) to stick that in, if its locking as its booting like mine was thats what i would put it down to.

Other thing to do would be test the memory, try memtest.

http://www.memtest86.com
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by:Mythal
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have you tried testing your RAM for errors ?
if not try http://www.memtest86.com/ or if you have multiple RAM try removing one at a time and boot up
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i suggest to uninstall your VGA driver, then try agian, if everything is ok then try to install the latest version of your VGA card drive,
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by:dmccormi35
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Hi , thanks for all the comments - turns out its a driver conflict - ram tested fine.  when we did the VGA, that didnt produce any changes.  
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by:dmccormi35
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MNF - upon further examination ... turns out it was a vga driver conflict , once he nuked the old drivers and reinstalled it seems to be only taking one or two times to boot up vs the 8 or 9 previously
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by:dmccormi35
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We did a system restore, and after that the computer seems to start right up every time.
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