Cold-start problems:Difficult to boot -up properly!
I have the following system (built in Sept 2002): P4 1.7Ghz CPU (genuine Intel)
512MB DDR Ram
32Mb Riva TNT graphics card
Win XP SP2
on an ASrock GE-Pro M2 mainboard.
For the last week I've been having the most unusual problem, when starting from cold in the morining after about 4-8hrs being off, the PC has great difficulty in booting-up successfully! It will start, then load windows normally, as soon as the desktop appears, the system reboots automatically, but then fails to restart, merely clicking away, not doing anything.
It also fails to respond to the reboot button, or on-off switch.
Have to switch off the mains supply plug. Will do this continually, occasionally getting as far as telling me that "the systems failed to load Windows properly" or "load default settings" to wich I say "YES", but the problem continues.
It may eventually start normally after the 30th attempt later in the day. But the PC has now been running contiuously for three days now, I can restart it, but have yet to switch it off for fear that it will fail to start again.
Windows has been recently reinstalled (Jan 2005), I have a surge protector on the power supply, I have had two technicians here, but they never come in the colder mornings, only in the PM, and then it seems to behave.
They think it could be a faulty power supply?
I think it's thye crummy Mainborad I'm stuck with, the original ASUS board was damaged by lightning last July, and they put in this Rubbish ASrock replacement, and I think it's the board.
Please help with some possible solutions.
Last edited by ReflexBlade; 03-27-2005 at 00:20..