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Boot problem

By bigballs5
Jun 25, 2005
  1. My pc is having trouble booting. It can take about 30 mins to get it to boot, but when it dose it runs fine.

    When it wont boot i cant even get the bios screen up, I just have a black screen. I have tried reseating the memory , the chip,( amd athlon 1900+) all installed cards, different hard discs.

    And to my surprise yesterday my m8 came around to see me and he is haveing the same problem, we are both running xp pro.

    i am thinking that it is some sort of bios virus but Im not sure how to check.
    I would be very grateful for any help.
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Both of you should click Start/Run and type in MSCONFIG and check what is starting up. You may have the same 'baddie'.
     
  3. bigballs5

    bigballs5 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have checked my startup folder and I know what is in there, symtec and nvidia, epson printer spool, power dvd, but I think its got to be something with my bios as thats where it buggers up.
     
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Check the status of the little battery on the mobo.
    If you know the changes you made to the BIOS, you can take it out, check the voltage of that battery, replace if needed (advisable anyway if 3 yrs or older). At the same time reset the BIOS with the jumper or whatever you manual says.
    Eventually a BIOS update might also help.
     
  5. bigballs5

    bigballs5 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Cleared cmos, new battery, I already have latest bios, still no joy, its takeing me longer to get it to boot now , about an hour. :giddy:
     
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Fill in your 'User Profile' so we can see what hardware you have.
    We also need the exact make and model of your powersupply, with the output-figures that are normally on a sticker on the side of that PSU, such as wattage, 5v-amps, 12v-amps etc.
     
  7. bigballs5

    bigballs5 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Profile updated.
     
  8. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    What happens if you try to boot from a W98SE boot-floppy?
    www.bootdisk.com
    Slow as well?
     
  9. bigballs5

    bigballs5 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    New m/b fitted and Im sorted, thanks for the help.
     
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