Computer constantly restarts after windows logo, cannot fix

By atermagus312 · 10 replies
Nov 30, 2007
  1. hello, i am new to this forum.
    anyways, what happen was:
    i came home, i turned on my pc, and it keeps on rebooting after the windows logo has come up. this has happened to me previously on another computer, but i managed to fix it some how, and i do not remember how.

    core 2 duo 2.4 ghz
    2gig of RAM
    8600 GTS

    plz help >_<
  2. atermagus312

    atermagus312 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok, i tried to back up my data, but to no avail

    so now i'm trying to reformat my HDD, and i might run into some snags..

    all i can do is pray that this will all work out =(
  3. atermagus312

    atermagus312 TS Rookie Topic Starter i cant even partion my HDD
    says that it cant connect to it or something

    but, all the cables are hooked up and secured,

    bet another corrupted HDD

    this has happened to me 3 times already, =(
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    What kind of hard drive are you using? SATA?
  5. atermagus312

    atermagus312 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yes, a Maxtor SATA HDD 160 GB
  6. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    It sound like a serious hardware issue, but if it's not the HDD and you try to reformat you'll never complete it before the real prob pops up and destroys everything you've done to that point.
    What kind of PSU and Wattage do you have?
  7. atermagus312

    atermagus312 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    turbolink switching power supply
    420 watts

    came with my X-DISCOVERY-AL/420 APEVIA X-Discovery Metal Case
  8. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    WAY under powered for your beasty! Your probably killing the psu, let me guess it has 20amps on the 12V rail. See psu label on side of unit. see my sig below for picture of label.

    So have you started to reformat or can you save your installation? Pretty sure your prob is that cheap *** psu.
  9. atermagus312

    atermagus312 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i tried to reformat it, but the windows installation says

    "setup was unable to format partition. The disk may be damaged. Make sure the drive is switched on and properly connected to your computer. If the disk is a SCSI disk, make sure your SCSI devices are properly terminated. Consult your computer manual or SCSI adapter documentation for more information.

    You must select a different partition for Windows XP
    To continue, press ENTER"

    also, my computer never ever never crashed since i built it, until yesterday =(

    i doubt it is a PSU problem, but if it is, what PSU would you recommend me?
  10. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    A good brand name like Thermaltake, OCZ, Silvetone, or Enermax, at least 600Watts and 30 amps or more on the 12V rail.

    Taken from my article "How to build your own Gaming Rig":

    Step 6. Power Supply Selection:

    We have finally reached the last component you really need to buy for your new gaming rig. This component is not listed last because it is the least important, but rather listed last as in writing an Essay where you open with your strongest argument and finish with your second strongest argument.

    After spending maybe over a thousand dollars so far you can completely ruin your new gaming rig by installing a cheap or under power rated PSU.

    A newer CPU like an Athlon 64/FX and the C2Duo series uses in excess of 100Watts from the 12Volt rail alone from the PSU. A good GFX card can use 50Watts or more from the 5Volt rail.

    Go here to check your PSU requirements:

    ALL PSU are rated by maximum watts and this is NOT what they were intended to operate at continuously. This is a PEAK power rating and operating continuously at its maximum will kill any PSU in a very short time. You must take 30% off this even for a good Brand Name PSU . Also what the above link calculated you should add another 20-30% for safe operating and expansion headroom.

    An Example calculation: Say the PSUcalculator gave you a wattage need of 250Watts. You buy a good Brand name Enermax or OCZ or Silverstone. So you would buy a wattage of: 250X1.3= 325W minimum. That’s so the PSU isn’t trying to operate at full capacity 100% of the time.

    Now add 30% for headroom and expansion (new stuff for the PC). 325X1.3=422.5, so you need 425W unit.

    See how easy it is to under rate your PSU? Look for a PSU with lots of amps on the 12Volt output. This is what runs the CPU, motors (HDD, DVD/CD/FF) and fans. An AMD64 series or a 3.0+GHZ PD or C2D will use 10 amps off the 12Volt rail alone.
  11. atermagus312

    atermagus312 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok, thx for your help

    ill just buy a new HDD cuz it's really corrupted and probably physically dmged

    ill probably get another PSU later lol XD
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