Boot up hardware problems

Nasdaqer February 2, 2009 at 16:23:54
Specs: Windows XP
Hi there -- I am having a heck of a time figuring out what the problem with my computer is. I have built several computers, so I'm not a novice, but I'm obviously not a pro either. I have an Asus P5GD2 mobo with p4 3.0 cpu, sata drives, 2 gb ram, running winxp.

A couple weeks ago the computer would start to hang after using it. It started about 30 minutes in, and then seemed to be at about just 5 minutes in before the screen would freeze -- just totally lock up. Desktop could be seen, but it was totally frozen.

Now its to the point where sometimes it doesn't even get to the main windows starting splash screen.

Where to start? It goes to reason that its not the CPU right? And the mobo just beeps once and then goes to the Asus into splash screen.

Any thoughts on where to start trouble shooting?


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#1
February 2, 2009 at 16:45:17
Check your temperatures. You might have used too much thermal paste on the HS/CPU.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#2
February 2, 2009 at 16:59:53
I will certainly double check, but I just actually removed the fan, cleaned off the paste and reapplied a thin layer thinking this was the case... I used about the size of a grain of rice and even scraped about 1/3 of that off.

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#3
February 2, 2009 at 18:28:24
It wouldn'y hurt to check your memory.

http://memtest86.com/
There is a version to create a bootable floppy diskette and/or an ISO for creating a CD.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#4
February 8, 2009 at 11:45:27
thanks everyone for the help, but now I can't even get that far. I wonder if its something with the temp? I dl'd the Ultimate Boot Disk and tried to run it. The first thing I did was to test the processor and it ran some tests and then it was OK. Then I tried to test the memory and it shut down. Then I tried to boot to the CD again and the computer shut down after about 60 seconds. Then tried again and it happened after about 30 seconds. Then the final time it was about 10 seconds before the computer shut down.

What does this indicate? Is the CPU getting too hot?


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#5
February 8, 2009 at 13:13:57
Have you verified the CPU fan is spinning?

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