I have been tinkering around with PCs for many years but have recently run into a problem which I cant seem to resolve - hopefully someone can help me out!
I have a Gigabyte p35ds3l motherboard (Rev 2.0) (Award BIOS)
Everytime I boot up my PC, I hear the normal beep sounds, and the after a second delay, I get constant short beeps.
It sometimes makes it into Windows and other times gets stuck just before (where the Windows loading screen usually comes up.) - all that can be seen onscreen is a flashing cursor.
I initially thought it was a memory problem but have tried process of elimination (leaving just one stick in, etc) but it doesnt make a difference. I have also run memtest in windows which doesnt find any problems?
The strange thing is that I sometimes have this problem - If I move my pc to a new location for example, the PC might boot up normally without any strange beeps but then after a move to a different location, the problem comes back.
Windows also seems to run sluggishly when the problem is present.
Might want to try HDTach / CrystalDisk Monitor / etc. to check your HDD's SMART status and run your HDD manufacturer's diagnostic tools to see if HDD stalling might be the cause of random failure to boot and sluggishness.
Beefy - the temps are fine and as for memory error - I have tried reseating the memory and have also run memtest (in windows) without getting any errors. As for the CPU not being seated properly, I havent tried reseating the CPU yet - I will give it a go this evening.
silverfox56 - the cmos battery seems pretty dodgy and seems to drop the bios settings everytime power is lossed to the pc - could this be the culprit or would it just prevent me from saving my BIOS settings if I loose power?
InvalidError - No my SMART has been disabled in my BIOS and I haven't done any HDD testing. I will enable the SMART tonight and run some diagnostic tools to see if I can pinpoint any issues.