PC Won't Boot / Post Problems

By chucho
May 30, 2005
  1. I'm trying to update a friend's computer cheaply. I've purchased the following parts:

    MB: Soyo 7VBA133U
    CPU: Intel Celeron 1.3 GHz (Tualitin Core)
    G Card: Asus X Series V9400 (nVidia MX 4000 GPU)
    HD: Western Digital WD400 40 GB
    RAM: Generic PC133 256 MB

    The system doesn't need to be screaming; she only uses it for light home use (i.e. some pictures, mostly music).

    When I try to boot it, the system starts the posts but hangs on post code D3 (Phoenix Amibios). 1 out of 50 reboots will be successful and load Windows.

    How do I get the system to boot everytime?
  2. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966


    Is this a fresh install of (windows?)?
    I would strip the sys down to bare:
    if not then switch out each item until succeful.
    When successful I would clear cmos.
    Then add HDD.
    Then setup bios as desired.
    Then do fresh install
    Then add devices (sound, lan, cdrom etc.) one at a time.
    Not everyone will agree with me but you need some form of
    fact finding without too many devices all at once.
    G'Luck :cool:
  3. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Did build a whole new system? Or did you upgrade all those parts? Sounds like you have a bad install of windows. Reformat the drive to see if that solves the problem. It could be ahrdware (i dont think so but maybe) do you have any RAM that is know to be good? if so try that. It wouldnt hurt to do what is said in the above post...but that might be overkill.

  4. chucho

    chucho TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Everything is new except the HD. I reformatted it when I installed a fresh version of Windows during one of the successful boots.

    I have tried removing some of the parts and that doesn't work.

    Any other suggestions?
  5. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    I am sort of confused on what is wrong. The system hangs on the BIOS? Or the system hangs on the windows start up? Can you try a new piece of RAM? Make sure all connections are good and CPU and ram are both properly seated (i know its basic but it could very well be the problem.) If it hangs on BIOS dissconect the HD and boot if it still hangs..then its not the OS. I would try any spare parts, to try and find the faulty part. Post back

  6. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    For lack of any other idea

    I'm thinking ram may be a symptom.
    seems like just the right board for that Cpu.
    Manual pdf
    let us know how it goes. ;)
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