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PC not booting past splash screen

By BlackScarlet
May 14, 2014
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  1. I used to leave my pc on 24/7 but since hydro got so expensive now I shut it down when I leave in the morning and when I go to bed. Lately it has been having problems booting up. Sometimes it will hang for a really long time on the splash screen which gives you options for bios, etc. (like, 4 minutes, where it usually only takes a few seconds) Sometimes it will boot up fine. Sometimes it will boot up, and then my system will gradually freeze up, like, my firefox will get the spinning wheel, then my taskbar, then task manager, and ctrl-alt-delete won't work, and all I can do is press hard reset. the worst of times, it hangs on the splash screen and doesn't boot whatsoever. I have to give it sometimes multiple hard resets before it will finally boot.

    I am concerned. I am thinking that since there are issues actually booting past the mobo, and the system sometimes freezes, I am concerned that there may be a problem with my C: HDD?

    That being said, I have both Win 7 and XP on this pc on different drives, and when it freezes, it doesn't even allow me to get as far as to select what drive to boot into, which it will always do after the splash screen.

    Does anyone know what could be going on?


    Operating System
    Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
    Windows XP SP3

    3.20 gigahertz Intel Core i5-3470
    128 kilobyte primary memory cache
    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    6144 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Multi-core (4 total)
    Not hyper-threaded

    Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. H77M-D3H
    Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. F5 03/29/2012

    Slot 'ChannelB-DIMM0' has 8192 MB
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 [Display adapter]
    Samsung SyncMaster [Monitor] (24.0"vis, s/n YCUYHVDZ702086, July 2010)

    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    VIA High Definition Audio
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes, the boot hard drive may be worn out now...
  3. Frozwire

    Frozwire TS Member Posts: 19

    It would be a good idea if you could run chkdsk /r /f or a disk diagnostic utility to check and fix errors on your Win 7 drive since I think that drive contains the bootmgr of your system.

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