Win XP left 6 months fails to boot

April 28, 2011 at 12:33:25
Specs: Windows XP
The Desktop was left over winter and failed to boot on return. It freezes on an ASUS screen - is this a Boot Screen? Have to pull the plug to shut down. Cannot view XP CD disk or Floppy Start-UP disk. Booting with F8 or Delete does not always enter CMOS setup or Safe Mode. It did ONCE boot up to Windows and seemed to work OK. I tried to run CHKDSK but it froze again on the ASUS screen during a normal Restart. New CMOS battery fitted but it made no difference. When I get into Safe Mode, the screen is almost illegible due to flicker as is the ASUS screen (at which it freezes). The exit options at the ASUS screen do not work - ie Tab and Alt F2. When I can get into CMOS / BIOS Set-UP the screen is stable and all seems correct. It does not recognise the XP CD on boot-up. It used to recognise the Start-up floppy and go into Safe + Command Prompt, but now it says it is the wrong disk.

Any ideas on how to tackle this?

Thanks in anticipation

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April 28, 2011 at 13:17:21
Possible that the harddrive is not running at its normal speed,
freezing up or slowing down. Or has quit.
My computer took 20 min. to boot the other day.
I was watching the HDD activity indicator light,
and it would remain on, and not rapidly blinking.
Mechanical devices do have problems.

Harddrive manufacturers have software for download for testing HDD.
Mostly on Desktop computers----
DUST collects inside computers, and can cause hardware
damage, overheating, faulty fans, faulty drives
Is yours clean.????
^^^ Some pictures ^^^

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April 28, 2011 at 13:18:13
Sorry but what you describe sounds like a general mainboard failure.

You can try reseating all the componets like cpu/ram/ cables/cards.

Otherwise is sounds ready for the boneyard.

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April 28, 2011 at 15:13:08
As well as reseating, you can try cleaning the RAM edge connectors with a pencil eraser.

Please come back and let us know the outcome.

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April 30, 2011 at 03:58:52
Thanks for your advice - I shall do a thorough clean and check contacts Ken 99

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May 3, 2011 at 03:39:42
A Result !

Thanks for your advice - the machine is now working.

Although it was very dusty, the root problem was bad Memory connections - just cleaning the contacts allowed the Boot sequence to complete and Windows open up.

I have more than one machine. For future reference, does anyone know where I can download a Bootstrap/ Post sequence statement in case I have other problems.

Thanks Ken 99

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May 3, 2011 at 13:59:42
Good news. Thx for popping back to let us know.

Please come back and let us know the outcome.

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