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Infinite boot loop after forced shutdown

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April 18, 2010 2:05:52 PM

I'm not sure what would cause this but last night I was playing TF2 and the game froze connecting to a server. I tried to get out of it without shutting it down but no good, So I held the power button down for 5 seconds and it shut down. I pressed it again to start up and it began the infamous infinite boot loop (turns on fans, spins, and then shuts down nothing on screen appears) :cry:  I could not stop it by hitting the power button so I hit the switch on the PSU to stop it. Then I turned the PSU switch back to the on position and pushed the power button again and the computer booted normally. I'm not sure what I did that would make this happen. Up until this point I had never done a force shutdown because I never had too, I usually shut it down from windows. I just hope this is something I can fix because if it's the mobo (which I think is causing the issue) it's gonna be a pain in the ass to disconnect everything and wait for gigabyte's awful customer service to end up giving the same broken board back; claiming there's nothing wrong with it :pfff:  I need some input here, this is my first build, so i'm still learning. i'll post my specs.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 @ 3.0Ghz
2x1gb Kingston HyperX PC2-8500
Visiontek ATI Radeon 3870 OC'd edition
250Gb WD Caviar Blue
Gigabyte EP45-UD3L (rev 1.1)
Antec Basiq BP550 watt modular PSU
a c 177 V Motherboard
April 18, 2010 4:27:12 PM

It is hard to say where, exactly, your problem came from. You might try reading the 'Boot Loops' section of the 'sticky; and, the BIOS - Saving CMOS section will make the 'recovery' process a lot easier! One suspicion - I have twice seen a web-initiated 'buffer-overrun' corrupt CMOS, whch can lead to 'boot looping'... I did this when I was having 'troubles' with a particular web-site, and turned off the 'no-execute bit' protection in the BIOS - turned out the web-site, itself, was trouble! I mention this as, for most AV software, there is a 'game mode' where the AV quits scanning traffic completely, in the behest of speed - and hackers know this - it's an excellent place to launch an 'exploit'!
April 21, 2010 3:46:25 PM

Bilbat... my eyes have just been opened. its gonna sound lame but you're right. how did you figure that out!?