Set up is being restarted

By the_GIMP
Aug 31, 2009
  1. Hey everyone.

    Came home the other day to find a BSOD on my pc an since then it wont boot, tried every type of repair option an a fresh install wont work either.

    tried 2 other hard drives and i still get the same error Set up is being restarted and the pc restarts. Sometimes it jus freezes at the BIOS start screen, when it does it fails to display RAM.

    Could it be faulty Ram? (2 x 1gb) (it has the normal one beep at start too)

    tried different cables, different ports.

    Its XP Home.

    Anybody got any help on this?

  2. the_GIMP

    the_GIMP TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    ok i managed to get XP installed after i FORMATTED the hard drive not (QUICK FORMAT) which i was doing.

    Everything worked fine but on restart it only booted to desktop 1 out of 5 times, freezing at the bios screen while displaying RAM.

    Ive tested the RAM on another pc and it gave no errors so I'm thinkin a faulty Motherboard?
    The RAM is dual channel but runs at single channel because the pc wont boot when i put them in matching colored slots.

    Anoybody hear of this before?

  3. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Hello Gimp...
    If you are suspecting memory issues, here are some hints to help troubleshoot...
    1. Some motherboards are even more picky than others about the ram you use. You should always check the hardware compatibility list.
    2. Bios timing and voltage settings can be critical. Make sure these are set properly.
    3. If both of the above are okay, then Memtest can help isolate issues.
    Memtest runs in its own environment and provides very reliable results.
    It sounds like about 80% of the time you may not even get to the point where memtest can load ?
    4. Your beep codes can also provide clues. Different makers will use different sets of codes.
    Tedster has provided a starting point, here...
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