howdi! i've just upgraded my pc to an athlon 2000xp system. its been fine for 3 weeks but has decided now is the time to mess me around by hanging on boot up 3 times out of 4. the only way to get it to boot is by removing all the drives and adding them back one by one. this is fine for an immediate re-start, but come the morning it hangs again. why wouldn't it want to boot up when cold? i could understand if it was too hot.
msi kt3 ultra mobo non-raid
512mb pc2700 ddr
40gb deskstar hd
40x asus cdrom
32x lg cdrw
nvidia geforce 32mb mx400
anyone out there got any thoughts????
sorry fell asleep for a day! computer stopped and didnt start again until now.
sometimes it gets to beeps, other times it stops without beeping or doing anything, diagnostic leds hang at a variety of different places. mostly fingering the memory, but if the memory modules are faulty why would it start working again ( ie now). i've tried disconnecting everything and putting it back, sometimes it boots other times no. its bizarre but it seems to be the morning that it doesnt like working when its cold. what the ££$%. ive tried a different power supply but it still wouldnt boot up?
i've also reset the cmos jumpers so now it thinks its a 1250Mhz athlon but that doesnt seem to help either.
Sounds like your motherboard might be shorting with your case. Remove the motherboard from the case and place it an anti-static surface and try to boot it up that way. If it boots, that's your problem.... buy some plastic spacers to mount behind your mobo and your problem will go away....
Wild guess, but it's worth trying since it doesn't require a lot of time.
Only other thing I could tell you that hasn't been said already is the BIOS chip on your mobo might be bad.... I had somewhat similar problems about 2 weeks ago and replaced just about everything in my system before... Flashed the BIOS... everything... then I finally replaced my mobo, and voila, been running perfect ever sense.
Return your motherboard for a replacement. Bad mobos are usually the fault of cheap mass production and as long you bought it from a halfway respectable company, you will get a replacement.... don't let them give you a line about how you need to contact the mobo manufacturer for a new BIOS chip... that is bullsh|t