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Not software - computer hangs when booting!!

By Legoflamb
Nov 25, 2007
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  1. Recently I've been having massive problems playing some games due to crackly distorted sound that gets worse and then eventually I get a blue screen with gibberish error codes. I think these were clues as to how messed up it was going to get.

    So I went out the other day and my computer was 'fine' before I left the house. Just idly ticking over and downloading some stuff for me.

    I come back and it's frozen on the screen saver, which won't go away.

    I restart and it just hangs at the opening motherboard screen. I tried restarting it a few times and it would hang at various times but it never really gets anywhere near loading windows so I don't think it's a software fault.

    A couple of times it's booted up with just a black screen and the motherboard makes 4 short beeps.

    I'm at a total loss.

    I took the ram out and blew in the slots and did something similar to the hard drive but no luck. All the fans appear to be working in it.

    I have:

    amd 3700+ 64
    asus a8n-e motherboard
    1 gig crucial memory
    ati x1900
    win xp home

    It's about time I upgraded I suppose, but I'd still rather find out what's wrong with it and sell the bits that aren't completely broken.

    Thanks in advance for any advice!!
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,813   +159

    You have a hardware failure for sure. Try replacing memory first. If you are running 2 sticks of memory try booting with only one installed.
  3. Legoflamb

    Legoflamb TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 183

    Hey thanks for the reply - does it matter which one I take out? Each slot has a priority set to it on my mobo will it just boot whatever's available?
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,813   +159

    Yes, you will have to put a single memory stick in the first slot usually nearest the CPU. The slots should be marked
  5. Legoflamb

    Legoflamb TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 183

    Ah ok - I'll get on with that, cheers for the help.
  6. Legoflamb

    Legoflamb TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 183

    Tried both sticks by themselves with no luck :(
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