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Old 11-03-2008, 04:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Windows XP Freezes (Sometimes) While Loading At Taskbar Screen

I need help from a computer genius.

Upon booting the computer, 3 out of 4 times the computer will freeze at the taskbar as Windows XP is loading. If it freezes, I have to do a hard restart. The restart gives me the option to load normally. I do it. Every fourth time the computer will load Windows normally and everything runs great.

I never have a problem loading into Safe Mode.

Here is the system I built:

CPU: Quad 2 Core 2.33 Ghz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R
Memory: Patriot DDR2 2x2gig (4 gig total)
HDD: 1Tb Seagate SATA
Video: BFG Nvdia GeoForce 9500 GT
CD/DVD: Sony DVD RW+- (can't recall the model - $86 at Best Buy non-SATA)
PSU: BFG 680 Watt
Case: ATX Sonata III (I took out the PSU and put in the one above)
OS: Windows XP Pro Service Pack 3

My original configuration had an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro video card and a 500 Watt PSU. The computer kept randomly restarting and giving BSOD with an error called "ati2dvag.dll". So I changed to nVidia and did a fresh OS install with the 500 Watt PSU.

Now I get the taskbar freeze. Here are the things checked:

Memory: ran memtest86+ - everything is ok
HDD: harddrive checks out fine
Drivers: eventually purchased Driver Agent - all drivers are up-to-date
Windows: Windows is fully updated
Upgraded PSU to 680 Watt: still get the taskbar freeze
Overheating: CPU isn't overheating - alarms set, never any alarm. Happens booting up cold.

The other maddening thing is I can't find an error log that tells me anything. The event log does not record the errors during the taskbar load freeze. I have no issues under Device Manager. Everything works fine after Windows is loaded.

Is the motherboard bad?
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Default Re: Windows XP Freezes (Sometimes) While Loading At Taskbar Screen

Start>run>eventvwr.msc

Try that. See if there are any errors or anything listed in the event viewer.
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Are you sure you uninstalled the ATI driver?

Edit: Ooops just seen fresh OS install - sorry!
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