When I shut down or restart my office PC it goes through the BIOS screen but generally fails to boot into Win XP. I get a blank screen. I do eventually get back in by continually powering off and restarting. It's a bit worrying. I have run HD tests and they show no issues. Any ideas?
As drives get older, they can take longer to get up to speed and become ready (available). This can then exceed the time it takes for the booting to look for the drive - so it doesn't find it. The solution is often to make the initial part of the boot take longer, by disabling "Quick power on self test and/or making the system look for the floppy drive first by enabling "floppy seek". Some BIOS even have a facility to put in a delay before the hard disk is checked.
Fruit Bat, Woodchip an 'all! PC is about 5/6 years old. When I switch on or reboot I get the Dell front screen with F2 for the BIOS. If the boot is going to fail I cant get into the BIOS or F8 Safe Mode. The screen just goes blank after the Dell front screen. I have kept rebooting and got into the BIOS and slowed the boot down and switched on the HD Check. I'll see how it goes for 48 hrs and report back. Thanks as usual.