Bios boot issue

June 2, 2009 at 12:49:05
Specs: Windows XP
After many many issues with my Video card, OS, and backup hard drive, I am up and running..."kind of." I had to reformat my system harddrive to recover from a serious issue. I also had to install a new video card (295gtx) cause my 8800gtx died. Before the issues I also installed new ram...from 2gb dual 6400 at 800 to now 4gb dual 8800 at 1066. I had no problems with my pc until the 8800 died.

Anyway. Now I am back up. I reinstalled all drivers, making sure all were up-to-date. I reinstalled my virus protection programs and ran full scans with these 4 Norton 360, Spybot, Spydoctor, and Hijackthis. No issues. I recovered my 2nd harddrive (that was initially not visable from windows) and now is fully operational minus about 200gb worth of pics. I then updated my BIOS from the original version to P33. I flashed from a disc and the update went successfully.

The new issue is this. My PC randomly reboots itself (occurred before the BIOS update). Sometimes when it reboots, it will not even make it to the Windows screen. It will simply stop after the BIOS/mobo info. I can manually shutdown and reboot, and it then gives me these options. "Press F1 to continue. DEL to enter SETUP." The system recognizes my CPU, Memory, Hard drives, and Memory. When I reboot, the system seems to run fine, but I have lost the Overclocking that Kelly did, and the memory is now listed at 800mhz. It appears that everything went stock. PLEASE HELP...as I'm slowly going insane working on my pc after my 13 hour work days.

EVGA nForce680i SLI (P33)
QX6700 stock at 2.66 / 1066. Was OC'd to 1333.
4gb Corsair Dom 8800 / 1066
EVGA Geforce 295 gtx (185.85)
150 GB WDR
500 GB WD
Creative Fatal1ty sc
1000w Thermaltake psu
XP Pro sp3

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#1
June 2, 2009 at 12:55:53
Start at event logs, also see about any dump logs.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#2
June 2, 2009 at 13:01:06
I did, but the only errors I'm getting are System erros. ID 7000, and something about "the lxdccatscustconnectservice service failed to start"

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#3
June 2, 2009 at 13:06:54
Sorry to hear about your woes Lotts.

Things like this are difficult to pin down without actually seeing the machine in action, but having had similar issues in the past, here's what I have found to most often be the case:

1. A component is overheating. For instance, have you dislodged the CPU cooler when you were installing the new hardware?

2. You never mentioned anything about the mobo. Given that you have replaced other devices (and your original graphics card did bite the dust), I wonder whether the problem might be in the mainboard itself?

3. There is a configuration issue. Perhaps your components are not designed to work together? Check each component against the spec in the manual (PSU and mobo included). Then make sure that the BIOS utility is set up to boot with settings designed for these devices.

As I say, there could be any number of issues here. If you can save yourself from tearing your hair out then you will find the answer.

Take everything out of the PC besides the absolute minimum to get it running, and I include graphics card if your mobo has in-built (sorry, haven't checked your mobo to determine this). When you are comfortable that the basic devices are booting up, place each of your additional components in 1-by-1 until the problem recurs.

Note: Also check your power cable and use an alternative is possible. It's a long shot, but has happened to me before.

Good luck and please post back with your findings.


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#4
June 2, 2009 at 13:13:27
1. A component is overheating. For instance, have you dislodged the CPU cooler when you were installing the new hardware?

nope...checked temps with BIOS and Speedfan

2. You never mentioned anything about the mobo. Given that you have replaced other devices (and your original graphics card did bite the dust), I wonder whether the problem might be in the mainboard itself?

I was thinking the same thing...maybe the battery?

3. There is a configuration issue. Perhaps your components are not designed to work together? Check each component against the spec in the manual (PSU and mobo included). Then make sure that the BIOS utility is set up to boot with settings designed for these devices.

I was going to bore myself on my day off with my mobo manual for this. =)

As I say, there could be any number of issues here. If you can save yourself from tearing your hair out then you will find the answer.

Take everything out of the PC besides the absolute minimum to get it running, and I include graphics card if your mobo has in-built (sorry, haven't checked your mobo to determine this). When you are comfortable that the basic devices are booting up, place each of your additional components in 1-by-1 until the problem recurs.

Great Idea!!! I dont have onboard video, but I like this one.

Note: Also check your power cable and use an alternative is possible. It's a long shot, but has happened to me before.

k...np. Thanks again.



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#5
June 5, 2009 at 07:38:35
rebooting issue is fixed, but now my boot screen says something about "set CPU and Memory timings" F1 to continue and DEL to enter setup. My CPU & Ram settings were already stock with the exception of the RAM voltage. Changed it to 2.1, but still getting this message. How do I get rid of it?

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