Computer Behaving Oddly: Won't Boot, Then Locks Up When It Does

By Alexborn007
Apr 26, 2006
  1. Hello,

    I have a three year old PC (Specs Below), that has started to act very oddly. Sometimes, I will turn it on, and the hard drives spin and the disc drives turn on...but no image appears on the screen. I verified this wasn't a video card problem because that crapped out a few weeks ago ;)

    Then tonight, the same thing happened again then it shut itself off. A second attempt shut the computer off again, and it beeped at me. Someone suggested I reseat the RAM and that got XP to load back up again, but now the computer freezes intermittently; something which up until a week ago NEVER happened.

    Thanks so much for any help you can provide about this!!! I'm at my wits end.

    CPU Specs:
    Windows XP Pro SP2
    420 Watt Power Supply
    INTEL D875PBZ Motherboard
    Pentium 4 3ghz 512k L2 Cache 800mhz FSB
    2x Kingston 512MB DDR PC3200 RAM
    2x Seagate Barracuda 120GB 8MB Cache
    ATI Radeon X1300 256MB
  2. benken2202001

    benken2202001 TS Enthusiast Posts: 114   +16

    could be a bad ram stick, or overheating. Try seating only the bare minimum. 1 HDD, 1 stick of ram.
  3. 0009

    0009 TS Rookie

    hmmm since its turning itself off i think its the motherboard. just go with the advice of benken and see what that does.
  4. nork

    nork TS Maniac Posts: 306

    Personally i would bet on ram gone bad. It certainly can and does give all the symptoms you are describing. Can you get a stick of ram from somewhere to test this theory, like borrow one from a friend?
    Of course, it could be a bad cpu as well, but i would bet on the ram.
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