Please help - I have a Fujitsu-Siemens XP SP2 PC, which has had problems in the past - the whole thing's been taken apart and put back together again.
Now, the thing often doesn't even start the boot process for about 30 mins. Sometimes, it's instananeous, sometimes it's forever - but it always eventually boots up.
When I press the on-button, the fan starts whirring away - just no evidence at all that the o/s is kicking in. It feels like a h/w problem somewhere, but I spent 2 hrs last night taking everything out, and putting them back in one by one. After adding the dvd-rom, cd-rom and a pci card, even then, it restarted straight away. I come back tonight though, and same problem !! Taking forever to boot.
Thanks for the response - just tried it again, and still no joy. The PC now consists of :
hdd in ide1, graphics card connected to monitor ethernet card in pci slot, but unplugged, keyboard/mouse/cd-rom/dvd-rom/floppy all disconnected no other pci cards on motherboard, 2 sticks of RAM power in.
That's it, and the thing's still not booting up - it was working on Tues. Aargh !!!
A long shot, but you may have a tiny crack in the motherboard, which is sometimes OK, but other times needs the board to 'Warm up' (power on causes the connections to heat up and expand slightly)before it will start.
If that is the case the only solution is a new motherboard. Terry
Got some extra Kingston ram to run vista properly, and it arrives tomorrow.
One question though - will I be able to take the hdd out of my old PC and connect it to my new mobo to collect some old files etc or will there be a compatibility problem with the old hdd being xp and new pc being vista - will the boot-up on the new pc get all confused with what o/s it's trying to load up etc ?
I'm kind of hoping sticking an hdd onto a mobo is akin to sticking a mybook in through usb ?
No, there won't be any problem if you connect the old hard disk to the new PC's motherboard & recover data from it.
If the new computer has a vacant slot + power + connectors you could have the old drive permanently in there as extra storage. Or, failing which, you could get a caddy & use it as an external drive to the same end. G