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March 10, 2012 5:36:43 PM

(System specs are in my sig)

Hey guys,

Been having this problem since building my PC - every time I boot my PC, it appears to start normally, i.e. fans and lights come on, then it'll just shut down. Couple of seconds later, it'll re-boot and is successful (sometimes take 3 times, but mostly 2).

The only time it boots first time is when Ive previously been on PC a short time ago (around 30-60 mins).


Any ideas?

Thanks
a c 78 B Homebuilt system
March 10, 2012 9:15:03 PM

Are you OCing anything? Did you change any settings in the BIOS manually for any reason?
March 10, 2012 10:30:16 PM

My CPU was professionaly OC'd , and came as a mobo+cpu+ram bundle from scan.co.uk, a well established and award winning supplier that stress test all such products several times.

The bios has not been changed
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a c 78 B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2012 5:03:34 PM

A lot of times this restart restart ok thing happens when things in the core are OCd.

It isn't really a problem, per se. AFAIK, it doesn't hurt anything. You just have to accept that it is going to happen like that.

If you get rid of the OC, you will most likely get rid of the "problem".
March 12, 2012 2:12:12 AM

Agreed, mostly likely failing the overclocked settings in use and restarting with defaults. You arent likely overclocked when it actually boots. I dont care who built it, overclocked settings can change over time and what used to work may not be so stable anymore due to changes. Heat paste gumming up, failed/failing cooling fans/water pumps, and so on.
March 12, 2012 9:58:04 AM

@mickey21 - So your saying when it actually boots up, Im no longer overclocked to 4.6ghz? Both CPU-Z and RealTemp GT show me at 4600.22mhz
a b B Homebuilt system
March 12, 2012 11:05:33 AM

Gallarian said:
@mickey21 - So your saying when it actually boots up, Im no longer overclocked to 4.6ghz? Both CPU-Z and RealTemp GT show me at 4600.22mhz

I think he's saying on the first boot it's not overclocked-then reboots into the OC setup. Others have noticed a longer delay in boot times after an OC.
I'm more concerned with "The only time it boots first time is when Ive previously been on PC a short time ago (around 30-60 mins)." That's no way normal.
a c 78 B Homebuilt system
March 12, 2012 2:01:09 PM

What I think is happening is that it tries to boot the first time with the OC settings in place and sends all these calls to each device to see if it is awake and it isn't getting the responses it wants as fast as it wants.

When that doesn't happen, I think it simply starts all over again from the beginning.

That last part Chaz mentioned does throw me off a little, but I could believe some internal device's parts are still (for lack of a better word) "warm" and that they can resume operations more quickly from a warm state than a cold one where it has been off for a longer time.

Don't take any of that for gospel or anything, I am not going to try to pull out a link to show that things work this way, but from what I know about computers it is a distinct possibility.

When there is a BIOS problem that is easily fixed by taking out the battery, I take it out for 30 minutes, because its possible (although unlikely) that the computer's hardware can hold onto the old BIOS that long after the power cable is removed.

Many times I have seen it take more than 15, but never have I seen it take more than 30.

It is possible that the reason for this is somehow related to the OPs issue.

If it indeed is the case, I would think the OP would have to turn his computer on within 15 - 30 rather than 30 - 60 minutes, though. Unless there is some device that can hold a charge longer than the motherboard. Which is entirely possible.

An electrical engineer working at IBM could confirm or deny this sort of thing, but I don't think there are any on the TH boards.
March 12, 2012 3:10:49 PM

So, what I can extrapolate from all the comments so far is that as long I keep my system OC'd, Im gunna have to live with the double-booting?
a b B Homebuilt system
March 12, 2012 3:33:08 PM

Gallarian said:
So, what I can extrapolate from all the comments so far is that as long I keep my system OC'd, Im gunna have to live with the double-booting?

Not that familiar with ASRock's bios but some UEFI's allow you to "save" your present set up, change it if you wish and return to it later. If you can try it and it doesn't do the whole double boot thing then you know that the OC is the issue. Let us know.
a c 78 B Homebuilt system
March 12, 2012 7:37:09 PM

Gallarian - I expect it is this way, yes.
March 12, 2012 11:50:00 PM

Fair enough then, if its the price for better performance Ill take it any day of the week!
a c 78 B Homebuilt system
March 13, 2012 12:39:48 AM

You can repost this in the OCers forums on these TH boards. They might be able to chime in on the subject if you do.
March 13, 2012 11:21:41 PM

It might be the SSD - Loads of problems with the Corsair Force 3 SSD's not booting every time..... I have one, I know about the problem :fou: 
September 27, 2012 4:27:12 AM

vortecks said:
It might be the SSD - Loads of problems with the Corsair Force 3 SSD's not booting every time..... I have one, I know about the problem :fou: 


I know this is an old thread, but I just purchased a Corsair Force 3 SSD and I am currently having this issue.. Takes like 2-3 tries to boot up correctly. Has a fix been found for this by chance?
September 28, 2012 12:23:19 AM

Nope, it still does it, but extremely rarely - maybe once a month. No idea why.
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