Thread: Bootup Loop Problem ** $ Prize
September 5th, 2007, 09:21 PM #1
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Bootup Loop Problem ** $ Prize
I have tried different HDD's, and tried disconnecting anything I don't need (PCI cards, cd drives, floppy, etc). I have an Asus a7n8x motherboard with an Athlon 3000+XP cpu. It will get all the way to the Windows splash logo and reboots, sometimes I get to see a flash of the XP logo (winxp SP1) before it reboots. I've reset the configuation data in the BIOS and pulled the CMOS battery for a few minutes.
Another thing, I am able to reformat and install XP however it will freeze or reboot when it's almost done, if I recall correctly, so dont hold this piece of info too high (it was a while ago).
If anyone can fix this issue I would GLADLY paypal $10 to their account.
Last edited by Sandizzle; September 5th, 2007 at 09:28 PM.
September 5th, 2007, 09:30 PM #2
Is this a new build or a working comp and just started doing this.
I would say memory, cpu, power supply.
Best guess is the memory, I have seen similar symptoms. If you have 2 sticks of memory remove one and try, then the other.
CPU could be damaged or lost proper seating of heat sink. Inspect it there. Try going into bios and setting the CPU freq WAY down in speed and see what that does.
Try another power supply if you have one.
September 5th, 2007, 09:54 PM #3
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This is a custom PC, but was working before. I'm going to try those right now, I'm checking replies every 2 mins and will update you in a sec.
September 5th, 2007, 10:07 PM #4
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Take a Hard drive, any hard drive but only 1-
Jumper it as Master with NO slave present.
Do a LOW LEVEL format, or a non-quick NTSC format on it.
Then let winxp do it's thing from there in terms of finishing installing the OS.
If it fails because it froze, immediately shut the pc down, turn it back on and boot into the BIOS and check the CPU temperature. If the temp is at or above 156F, shut PC down and let us know. That is a sign of gradual overheating. Not hot enough to damage, but hot enough to stutter and freeze. On my setup, if i remove the cpu fan and replace it with another cooling solution that does not work too well and let the temp gradually rise, stuttering starts at 162F and freezing at 167F.
If it's not the temp, then STAY in the BIOS and let the pc run for at least 12 hrs or so. Come back to it and see if you can still move around in the BIOS. If you can, then it's not something major wrong.
In this instance, I would suspect Optical Drive problem, WinXP Disc read error, IDE\SATA Cable failure(if it starts installing, then this isn't likely so skip this possibility), RAM Stick(s), or the last fallback option is the system has been a victim of ESD. I do not believe the PSU is a choice here considering that your freezing scenario's occur during finalizing the installation of software(Operating System) or "loops" when booting up.
The looping is usually caused by a registry error, windows update or some form or viral infection.
If the system freezes during the instructions provided above about how to properly do a fresh WinXP install and all the above tips did not help, please post the "NEW" errors that is happening to your machine because you would more than likely have new symptoms if nothing here helped.
September 6th, 2007, 12:32 AM #5
Hmmm..... you say you tried different hard drives.. have you still got the initial OS on one HDD intact? The one that had this problem to begin with?
If so, put it back in and try to get into Windows in Safe Mode. If you can get to the desktop in safe mode, then you're likely having a problem with a driver or some other initialization.
Get into safe mode, and uncheck the "Automaticly Restart" option in the startup and recovery tab in "My Computer" >> "Properties". This should cause the unit to display a BSOD rather than reboot. The stop code should have detailed info about the problem.
I'd let it get a BSOD a few times, just to see if it's always the same error. If it's NOT the same thing over and over, then you can lean towards RAM or some other hardware...but then again, you can also run memtest86 from a FDD to test the RAM.
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