XP Freeze & Boot Problem

Fic vi13 kit built / HOME BUILT
March 19, 2009 at 12:51:14
Specs: XP Home SP3, P4 (2-Ghz Intel)/2G Ram
This seems to be a continuation of problems which I posted about earlier but thought resolved. ("XP won't Boot") Computer has been running fine for months
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Last night my computer went to XP standbye screen while unattended and upon my return would not wake up.

I turned it off and restarted but it froze up upon starting IE7 and OE. After a protracted wait, it would not unfreeze so turned off and I started it again
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This time, I noticed that it is not detecting my D Drive (same one I thought was bad before but subsequently reinstalled and it has worked for months. It had been obtained when the orginal D drive seemed to go bad).

This time, it would not boot up and gave a message: "Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk, then press Enter"

I did not, turned off again and tried again whereas computer stalled at "CD Boot"
Turned off again and left over night. Pulled cable from D drive and system booted up.

Shut down normally, and put cable back to D Drive and system booted recognizing D drive. D Drive is completely accessible.

The IDE cable was replaced the last time I had similiar problem and I had assumed it was the problem after the D drives (both the old one and the new one) worked.

Fans on power supply and CPU are both working. Power supply is OEM 330 Watt.
Computer dates to Feb 2003.

No hardware or software changes have been done in three or four months.

Using Avast AV, CCleaner, A2rd, Eusing Reg cleaner. C Drive Defraged 2 months ago.

Thanks for your attention.


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#1
March 19, 2009 at 13:14:23
Mike, I had similar problems about a year ago, changed the IDE cables, changed the drives then changed the power supply. It turned out to be dodgy power connectors to the drive. Hope this helps.

Ravey Dave


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#2
March 19, 2009 at 13:22:41
Those power connectors are really poor. The female pins in the connector can get spread and make poor contact. Take a close look at them, and you might try 'very carefully' closing them up a little.

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#3
March 19, 2009 at 18:56:32
Thanks for the replies.

I was thinking about a failing power supply but when the system worked fine again it didn't make sense. Temperature in the room was cooler than it had been for a couple of days as well.

When it happens again, I will fiddle the connectors and see if that cures it. I did check them and they seemed snug.


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#4
March 19, 2009 at 19:25:35
You really can't tell if there is a poor connection, just because they feel snug. Those connectors would probably feel snug if every connection inside was completely loose.

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