This is a strange problem that I have been having for about a month and I have exausted all options. When I cold boot my computer it will post, detect drives and then go to where the windows screen would usually come up and just stay on a black screen. The HD light remains lit. I usually have to turn on and off about 10 times or so before it will show the windows screen and begin to boot. After it is up and running everything works fine. Any suggestions it is killing me?
Windows XP SP2
Athlon xp 2200
512 MB RAM
3 Optical Drives
GigaByte Nforce board
Have you tried running prime95 or memtest to see if there are any hardware problems once you boot up? I had a simmilar problem with my dfi lanparty nf2 board when I put it to 200fsb. It would boot up after resetting it a few times and run good after it booted but it would not run prime95 for very long w/o an error and memtest was loaded with errors.
How big of a power supply do you have? Four hard drives + 3 optical drives... then a GeForce 4 on top of that... I'm guessing if you have anything less than a 400W power supply, it's not going to handle it well.
Btw... why do you need 4 HDs and 3 optical drives anyway? I can understand you may be running a RAID array with the hard drives, but 3 opticals? That one has me puzzled. At the most... all you should need are 2 optical drives. (I have a DVD-CD/RW combo + a DVD RW).
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