Final Year Uni Student needing urgent help! XP boots up very slowly and dies!

By Danstar10
Feb 18, 2008
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  1. hi guys,
    i am a final year computer animation uni student and my computer has decided to play up. As you can imagine this is amazingly bad timing as i am a COMPUTER animator! ok i will try to tell you as much as possible - any help quickly would be so great.

    Absolutly no problems before 5pm today (im writing this in safe mode with networking), shut down windows - started it up 2ish hours later and it suddenly took 2+ minutes to finish displaying boot up info where it tells you the motherboard name (GA-K8N Pro SLI F4) and then now nothing will happen for about 2 mins, then the clock CPU freq will come up (200MHz), and finally it will detect the IDE drives. This now takes 2+ mins and would normally happen in about 4 seconds before it started going strange.

    Then a new screen with alot of info will come up quickly - as normal - in which i can configure RAID with F10 and boot up from CD etc. It then loads windows appearing normal with the blue bar scrolling. Next it will go blank for a long-ish time (20secs) and the desktop will finally be displayed. Now it will reset itself within 30 seconds of displaying the desktop. this is the loop i am stuck in. Safe mode seems fine.

    I have tried a system restore to '2 days ago' but nothing changed. I have tried the 'last known good configuration' from the F8 safe mode menu - no changes. I have tried puting XP disc in boot-up - following a guide - and after i accept the EULA it goes on to a diff screen than shown on the guide - about partitioning and i do not know what to do here - it talks about formatting and erasing everything which i dont want!!

    This is pretty much everything i can tell you - hope its not too much info! :blush:

    My system is:

    Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
    AMD X2 Dual core 4400+
    GA-K8N Pro SLI F4 motherboard
    2Gig RAM
    Nvidia Geforce 6800 GPU
    400GB HDD (in RAID i think)
    i am running 2 monitors

    i did not install any new programs or hardware recently (that i can remember!) Is it definatly an XP issue as the problem starts before windows is activated - a friend said it could be a BIOS issue??

    As i say any help would be massivly appreciated - i need to get on with my final year work!

    Thanks Alot
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    How do the system's temperatures look in the BIOS?

    Try reseating the RAM, expansion slot cards and cables as well as setting your BIOS settings to default.

    Post back with your results...
  3. Danstar10

    Danstar10 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    The problem has strangly resoved itself with no tampering atall. After tryin all i said above, the next day it... just worked. Very strange.
    Thanks alot for the advice anyhow
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,043   +84 Staff Member

    Sometimes that's just the way it rolls, be grateful :).
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,423   +281

    Might want to check your hard drive with one of these tools.
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