pc restarts over and over during post

February 13, 2011 at 07:46:22
Specs: WindowsXP
my computer is running PVCLE266M-L mecury motherboard with 256mb ram

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February 13, 2011 at 10:44:12
You need to give more info - like history of how this started. Can be caused by hardware issues, malware, corrupt windows files or bad drivers.

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February 13, 2011 at 15:54:13
Try this

Remove any bootable CDs or DVDs from drives.
Press F8 repeatedly, do not hold down the key, while booting starting very early in the boot sequence, and when the Windows boot choices menu appears (white text on a black screen), choose:
Disable automatic restart on system failure

If a blue screen appears it will stay on the screen.

Copy down the things that are unique in the message and post them here.


STOP: 0Xx00000xx (we don't need the stuff in brackets beside that)


There may be a problem file named at the end of the text.

There may be a link to More info or similar - if so, click on it to see if it names a problem file.

There may be a mention of a MINIDUMP file having been made - if so, copy down the name and location of it - you may need to click on a link to find that. That MINIDUMP file can be analyzed.

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February 15, 2011 at 00:30:03
hi steve i'm glad to hear from u, u see like i stated earlier my system is a PVCLE266M-L mecury gigabyte motherboard with 256mb ram, i just used it the previous day only to power it on the next day to find out the restarting problems although i can see the harddisc and cdrom at the boot menu but when i choose to boot from any of them the system just keep restarting even when i tried to enter safe mode or boot from the best configuration it just keep restarting over and over and over

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February 15, 2011 at 08:16:29
Failing power supplies are common and can cause your symptoms.
Check your PS.
See response 4 in this:

Even if you don't see or smell anything obvious when you examineit, power supplies can still be defective.

Do you have another working computer you could borrow the power supply from, or do you know someone you could borrow one from ?
If you do, try connecting that and see how your system is.

If your mboard is not new (usually the mboard is at least 2 years old when this happens)......

Some mboards develop this problem - electrolytic capacitors were installed on them that were not properly made, and they fail eventually - the mboard manufacturer didn't know they were improperly made at the time the mboard was made.

(Some power supplies develop this problem too, a lot more often than mboards do.)

Open up your case and examine the mboard to see if you have bad capacitors, and/or other findable signs of mboard damage .

This was the original bad capacitor problem - has some example pictures.
History of why the exploding capacitors and which mboard makers were affected:

What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.

Pictures of blown capacitors, other components, power supplies, Athlon cpu's, etc.:

If that doesn't help....

- There may be a poor connection inside your case somewhere.

Unplug the case/power supply, or switch off the AC power to it otherwise.
Power off your monitor.
Open up the case by removing the left side panel as seen when you're looking at the front of the case.
Check all the connections of the wiring to make sure they are all the way onto their pins and into their sockets, especially the main connector from the power supply. The wires close to the mboard going into the main power connector/socket should be more or less perpendicular to the mboard surface rather than at an angle.

Make sure all cards in slots are all the way down in their slots.

See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:

While you're in there, if the cpu fan/heatsink has mung (dust, lint, etc.) on it, clean it off, but DO NOT use a vaccuum cleaner to do that (they produce a tremendous amount of static electricity when running, and anything connected to them can discharge that to your components) - use canned air, or an air nozzle if you have access to an air compressor, or an artist's brush that can be used in small spaces, etc. It may be difficult to clean the top of the heatsink under the cpu fan - the most likely place to have mung on it - and the bottom side of the cpu fan blades unless you remove the fan. If you have a case fan, clean that too if it needs it.

Also check for mung on the video card fan and heatsink if it has that, and the power supply's openings / fan.

With the cover still off, restore the AC power, start the computer and make sure the cpu fan spins - if it doesn't spin, if you're sure the power supply is working okay, don't use the computer until you have replaced it.
If it spins too slowly, and/or if it makes rattling or screeching noises, most likely to be noticed when the computer has cooled to room temp, has not been used for a while, and then is started up, the cpu fan's bearings are failing - the cpu is likely to overheat as a result of that if it can no longer spin it's full speed - replace it as soon as you can.

It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.

Try another data cable if in doubt.

80 wire data cables must have the proper end connector connected to the mboard IDE header - usually that's blue, but in any case it's the one farther from the middle connector on a 3 connector data cable.

Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does, mere vibration can cause a poor connection of it - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)

The same thing applies for the SATA power connection.

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February 15, 2011 at 15:58:24
Has the machine been powered down without being shut down properly? Your issue sounds like a filestore corruption to me (if it just started) - either the boot sector or a registry hive would be my guess. Look at tubesandwires first response - you need to try the disable on restart option to get a BSOD which you can report back with. Can then advise better.

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February 16, 2011 at 09:55:23
sorry Steve i don't seem to understand u do u mind explaining it to me again

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February 16, 2011 at 11:07:24
Read response 2 - # 2 - and try that.

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