Recently, I've been having a lot of trouble booting my computer. Ever since I moved to my grandparent's house , I've been getting this problem.
When I boot my computer, it is locking up at different stages in the loading process. Sometimes it is at the mobo boot screen where there's an ASUS logo (as soon as you turn it on).
More often, it locks up either at the Windows XP logo stage (where the blue squares are going across the screen) or just after that completes and stalls at a black screen.
Every time this happens, the power (green) light and the hard-drive acessing (orange) light are steady and not blinking and I'm forced to hit the reset button on the tower.
So far, this has happened to me 5 times, and all five times, after several resets and frustration, I've finally achieved the Windows Logon screen where I've come to find is when I've safely gotten past the problem and into windows.
Right now I'm on a different computer as about a half hour ago it froze up and as you might've guessed, am not able to boot. I'm at the point where I'm afraid to shut down and or reboot that computer when I do get passed the problem.
*The problematic PC is custom built by myself (albeit my first one), I've had it since July 2004*
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
3.2GHz Pentium 4 w/ HT
1024MB DDR RAM PC3200 in dual channel
2x74.4GB 10k RPM WD Raptors in RAID 0 [main harddrive with windows install]
80GB WD Raptor Storage drive
ATI x800 XT Platinum Edition
Creative Audigy 2 ZS Gamer Edition
Other Info: There is a history of heat issues (though not too serious as of late). I dumped the stock intel cpu fan for a better one to lower CPU temps, idle is usually 52C while taxed it gets quite higher, I have the tower on top of my desk and I have a fan going in the room to circulate air.
I'd consider myself a very proficient user with windows, but my expertise with hardware is limited beyond installing the parts so keep that in mind.
Thank you for your help.
Edited by Novaprospekt, 21 March 2006 - 06:27 AM.