Boot Problem

By TypeX45 ยท 7 replies
Feb 6, 2006
  1. Is it usually a hardware issue or software when you turn on your computer and it hangs on the boot screen. Then you hit reset and it boots fine.
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    it can have any of several problems. a hard drive that is going bad or has alot of bad sectors.( you can download your drive makers diagnostic tools and check the hard drive.) corruption in the bios, or ram that is defective.
  3. wlknaack

    wlknaack TS Rookie Posts: 143

    When you boot, the bios runs POST (Power On Self Test). The boot hangs when one or more of the items tested (i.e. HDD availability, RAM functionality, etc.) fails. When you reboot, POST is skipped, so that you may successfully boot even though something is not working properly. ISS is right in suggesting you start to check your hardware and drivers, BIOS, etc.. You are going to have to go through a process of elimination.

    Suggest you turn on your speakers and cold boot to see if your BIOS give you a beep code which you can use to help diagnose the problem.
  4. TypeX45

    TypeX45 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 144

    When I start the computer up it comes to the boot screen where you hit delete to enter the bios, then it hangs. I hit reset and it boots fine. This happens everytime
  5. loupegarou

    loupegarou TS Rookie Posts: 39

    If you think

    If you think you got it in you.
    Go to your computer manufacturers website and downoad a bios update. If you can do this and the problem goes away then great.
    If not.

    Remove all extra items.
    1 stick of ram only.
    video card
    nothing else.

    If it still does it at this point you may have some tweakin to do in your bios. Some settings may have been set by a corruption of some kind.
  6. TypeX45

    TypeX45 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 144

    Ok I will try this also do you think that the motherboard can be messed up (ESD)
  7. TypeX45

    TypeX45 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 144

    I got home to try what you had suggested, and it booted up fine before I did anything. Ever since it has been booting up great. Do you think that it might just be a glich or the processor settiling in.
  8. wlknaack

    wlknaack TS Rookie Posts: 143

    No. It was failing POST on cold boot, and booting up on reboot. Now it is cold booting fine. Problem, whatever it is, could be intermittent and may return. Time will tell.
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