new build computer hardware/boot issue

September 26, 2010 at 10:44:38
Specs: Windows xp, amd rana 3core/ 2gb ddr3 1333 kingston
I recently build a new computer for a friend. It has worked great for 3 months. All of the sudden it takes 6 hours to boot to windows xp. I have tried all the usual troubleshooting ideas to include, HDD swap, memory swap (differnent stick ddr3 1066), update bios, remove all non essential hardware, swap memory slots. Computer works extremely slow, boot takes for ever and when it finally loads it is useless. Here are the system specs. Biostar a785g3 MB, AMD RENA 3 core cpu, 2 1gb ddr3 1333 kingston memory modules. I try to repair the install and boot to win xp disk. It inspects hardware, loads drivers and at windows start, then gives a stop error 0x0000007b (oxf79ae524), etc... Says to run checkdisk and check for virus. Does this with diferent HDD as well. Will not run ERD commander as well. I need to get this running as the gentleman I built it for is elderly and needs internet access. I have exhausted my 15 years of experiance and cannot find anything helpful on web. I am at the point that I feel MB has gone bad, any help you guys could provide would be great.
Thanks in advance, Robert

Be Good, Robert
core2duo e8400@3.99w/Big Typhoon
biostar tpower i45 w/chipset cooler
2X2GB mushkin ddr2 1066
WDC 74GB Raptor
Enermax 485W PS
8800gts


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#1
September 26, 2010 at 12:15:07
i suspect cpu is throttling, better check cpu temp in bios.

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#2
September 26, 2010 at 13:07:46
Cool and quiet is disabled, temps at 32c. It is not just throttling its like a 486 running win 7. Boot time is ridiculous.

Be Good, Robert
core2duo e8400@3.99w/Big Typhoon
biostar tpower i45 w/chipset cooler
2X2GB mushkin ddr2 1066
2x WDC 74GB Raptor
XFX 750W PS
8800gts


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#3
September 26, 2010 at 14:54:57
"Boot time is ridiculous"

If you're 100% sure the CPU isn't running hot & you're also sure all the BIOS settings are correct, it would seem the problem would have to be software related...especially since you said it worked fine for months. Possibly a virus or malware or some other program that was installed that loads at startup. How long does it take to boot into safe mode?


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#4
September 26, 2010 at 15:09:43
It takes hours to complete boot cycle even in safe mode. I can disconnect HDD and run my ERD commander disk, or any kind of recovery disk and get the bsod as well. Ram is all new and compatible, and processor is not overclocked or unlocked for a 4th core. Bios responds fast and the initial boot process loading achi device is fine. This is one of those problems I have never run into. Unfortunately I dont have an AM3 MB to test with. I flashed bios thinking it got some bad virus that affected the cmos. Im stumped!! Funny thing is if I let it attempt to boot and load windows, I dont get the bsod. It just takes hours. I have disconnected all devices except keyboard and mouse, which are different from those used normally with computer. Used these to build originally.

Be Good, Robert
core2duo e8400@3.99w/Big Typhoon
biostar tpower i45 w/chipset cooler
2X2GB mushkin ddr2 1066
2x WDC 74GB Raptor
XFX 750W PS
8800gts


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