Old PC - Booting problem (intermittent) - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-01-2006, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 5
Default Old PC - Booting problem (intermittent)

I have a nagging problem on a PC I'm trying to put together for my sister's little girls. It is an 800 MHZ Duron, 256MB RAM, Windows XP Pro, 300 Watt PS (New).

No problems with previous owner (my fiancee's sister). All I've done with it in my possession is uninstall programs, defrag, cleanup, etc.

I am noticing now that intermittently, after completing POST, when it would ordinarily go to the WIN XP black screen (saying "loading..."), it just goes black and the computer seems locked up.

Sometimes, after resetting at this point, it won't even finish loading drivers for Safe Mode before freezing.

Is this a problem with the boot sector on the hard drive? Even though it only does this half the time? Or something else? If it makes it as far as where the black WIN XP loading screen comes up before freezing, that points to the hard drive usually right?

Appreciate any help or comments. Thanks to all, and I hope everyone had a happy new year...
jrmorgan56 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:25 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.