|I'm running an Asus Crosshair III Formula with the following specs:|
AMD Phenom X5 955 BE CPU
6 GB Corsair XM3 RAM (2x 2gb + 2x 1gb)
BFG ATI Radeon HD 4850 GPU w/ 1gb DDR3 RAM
Windows 7 Home Premium OS
Corsair 32gb SSD (OS Drive) + WD Caviar Black 750gb
My problem is that every time I boot the computer cold it POSTs fine and then hangs up at the black screen with the blinking white cursor (i.e. when it is about to load the OS). I invariably have to reboot, sometimes hitting the restart key followed by power on/off to get the PC out of the LOCKED state on the LCD poster. I previously had a more erratic form of this problem, then it resolved for no discernible reason, and returned recently after I added 2 gb of memory. I've tried switching back to the previous memory configuration (4 identical 1gb modules) but it had no effect.
Other posts I've read about similar problems with ASUS boards have given me a large number of possible reasons ranging from the grounding of the mobo to the temperature of the board at boot (it is cold in my basement). The BIOS was flashed to the most recent release several months back. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Could this possibly be a problem with my boot-loader?