PC dies during boot, and starts over again

By drumster
Sep 5, 2010
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  1. Hi, I'm kind of a noob, but I need some help to fix my pc...

    The thing is:
    my laptop cannot boot, when i start it powers up, lights and fans are on. Black screen, and after about 10 secs it dies and reboots. OS doesn't load. I know that the screen signal is ok.
    cause' SOMETIMES it boots perfectly fine, and there are NO problems until next boot.

    Can it be a loose connection with the BIOS?
    Or maybe it's caused by a fatal error during boot so the system restarts.

    I rarely reach the HP logo before it dies.
    sometimes i do though, but never further, either it's all the way from there or it's froen logo until it dies.

    hope you can help..
  2. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Interesting problem. Sorry we are so slow getting to you.
    If you are still here, I will try to help.
    Please let us know if you still need / want help.
  3. drumster

    drumster TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm still here, and i still need help...
  4. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Please tell us more
    • ... about your system...
      I take it that it is an HP. What kind / model / hardware upgrades etc? How old?
    • ... about what you were doing before the problem started:
      • web-browsing, reading email, downloading (music or...)
      • installing software
      • adding hardware
      • relocated or repositioned the machine
      • noticed an unusual noise, or lack of usual sounds
      • ... (anything else)
    • Can you get to "safe mode" (press f8 after power-up and the bios option screen)
    • Have you modified your bios (overclocking, new settings for memory, etc).
    • What have you tried to do to resolve your issue so far.
  5. drumster

    drumster TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Laptop: HP Pavillion dv6000, no hardware upgrades or modifications at all. 3 years old.
    OS: Windows vista no SP
    I never did anything (overclocking or settings for memory), this pc is cleaner than a virgin.
    I can get to safe mode without problems, not when it's doing the boot/off/boot/off-thing though..
    well, the first time it happend was after a long drive (250km). but i kept it in bag all time.
    funny thingh though, my wireless doesn't work either...

    so far i tried scanning for virus/adaware + looking for suspicious startups in the boot program list
  6. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Do you have any files in your minidump directory?
    You should find your dumps here…
    If you have files here, zip 5 of the most recent and attach to your next post.

    If you have none, and no directory, it could be for a number of reasons.
    • - Crash reporting not setup correctly.
    • - Disabled services
    • - Pagefile too small
    • - crash happens before the crash reporting mechanism has loaded.
    • - crash occurs below the level that Windows is able to recognize.

    No worries. Let me know and we will address this.

    If you are lacking minidumps, then we will try this…
    Please download VEW and save it to your Desktop:

    Double-click VEW.exe to run.
    • Under Select log to query, select
      • Application
      • System
    • Under Select type to list, select:
      • Critical (Vista only, NOT for XP)
      • Error
    • Click the radio button for Number of events
      • Type 20 in the 1 to 20 box
    • Then click the Run button.
    • Notepad will open with the output log.
    • In Notepad, click Edit -> Select all
    • Then press Edit -> Copy
    • Press Ctrl+V on your keyboard to paste the log as text in your next reply.
    (Courtesy rev-Olie)
  7. drumster

    drumster TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, so no dump files (no directory)
    I tried view.exe, but error message reads:
    - title: "please contact the author"
    - content: "VIEW has not been coded for your language (Danish)"

    and I can't continue...

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