Boot fails sometimes

  [DELETED] 18:03 21 May 2006

I have just finished rearranging my office and found that now the PC will not boot sometimes. I will fail 1,2 or 3 times, usually just as windows is starting, with a extremely quick blue screen of death.

Eventually it will start but it is very annoying and I don't know why as I can't read the error message as t is too fast.

I'm sure I've read about something somewhere (PCA?) and a search of this forum doesn't help (note to Ed: how about improving the site search engine a bit please - love the mag & site - grovel...).

Any pointers to similar threads or other advise would be most appreciated.


Oh: Win XP Pro, Asus A8N-SLI mobo, AMD 3500 64 CPU, 1xXFX Geforce 6600GT 256MB PCI-e, 1GB RAM

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:42 21 May 2006

Disable auto-reboot
When Running windows and it crashes you will get a blue screen and it will automatically restart, ofter it will restart too fast for you to see the error message.
To disable auto restart on system failure, so you can see the error message.

1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> System (Windows+Pause works, too)
2. Go to Advanced
3. Under the Startup and Recovery section, click Settings...
4. Under System Failure un-check "Automatically restart"

  [DELETED] 18:49 21 May 2006

Thx Fruit Bat. Again, vague recollection of such an option but no joy myself.

I am so glad I found PCA!

Will post back on outcome (time to stop being techy and play some games ;-))

  [DELETED] 17:44 26 May 2006

I disabled auto-reboot, but it seems to have not effect. It is still beginning the boot process and then crashing and restarting.

Any more ideas anyone?


  [DELETED] 19:00 10 Jul 2006

Anyone - please! This is really bugging me now. Sometimes it starts first time, other times it can take 10 retries and 10 mins to start. There seems to be no pattern and without knowing what the message is, I can't try and solve it.

I'm on my knees begging now.....

  [DELETED] 19:17 10 Jul 2006

...loose memory, or graphics card. Faulty power supply, or loose lead somewhere.
Open the case and check that all components are slotted in properly. It may be advisable to remove and then replace the above, making sure of a tight fit. Also, check power leads and data leads on your hard disks.

  [DELETED] 21:02 11 Jul 2006

Thx martjc, I'll give them a check. Its just so annoying that I can't get it to show me the error message though - it might as well not bother - just reboot.

  woodchip 21:34 11 Jul 2006

Sounds like it may be having problems with a driver. How does it boot into Safe Mode? does it go OK?

  [DELETED] 12:53 15 Aug 2006

Following the recent "death" of my PC, I've started again from scratch and found the error I was getting above is a "MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION" error and tracked the rogue software to the "nVidia IDE Driver SW" that comes on the MOBO install CD. It does have some text explaining why this is necessary (for RAID IDE drives with this MOBO) but it also explains it is not necessary for Windows to run if you are not using RAID IDE.

At last - one very annoying problem solved, and one less BSoD to worry about.

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