i am a final year computer animation uni student and my computer has decided to play up. As you can imagine this is amazingly bad timing as i am a COMPUTER animator! ok i will try to tell you as much as possible - any help quickly would be so great.
Absolutly no problems before 5pm today (im writing this in safe mode with networking), shut down windows - started it up 2ish hours later and it suddenly took 2+ minutes to finish displaying boot up info where it tells you the motherboard name (GA-K8N Pro SLI F4) and then now nothing will happen for about 2 mins, then the clock CPU freq will come up (200MHz), and finally it will detect the IDE drives. This now takes 2+ mins and would normally happen in about 4 seconds before it started going strange.
Then a new screen with alot of info will come up quickly - as normal - in which i can configure RAID with F10 and boot up from CD etc. It then loads windows appearing normal with the blue bar scrolling. Next it will go blank for a long-ish time (20secs) and the desktop will finally be displayed. Now it will reset itself within 30 seconds of displaying the desktop. this is the loop i am stuck in. Safe mode seems fine.
I have tried a system restore to '2 days ago' but nothing changed. I have tried the 'last known good configuration' from the F8 safe mode menu - no changes. I have tried puting XP disc in boot-up - following a post on this website (http://www.geekstogo...ws-XP-t138.html)- and after i accept the EULA it goes on to a diff screen than shown on the guide - about partitioning and i do not know what to do here - it talks about formatting and erasing everything which i dont want!!
This is pretty much everything i can tell you - hope its not too much info!
My system is:
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
AMD X2 Dual core 4400+
GA-K8N Pro SLI F4 motherboard
Nvidia Geforce 6800 GPU
400GB HDD (in RAID i think)
i am running 2 monitors
i did not install any new programs or hardware recently (that i can remember!) Is it definatly an XP issue as the problem starts before windows is activated - a friend said it could be a BIOS issue??
As i say any help would be massivly appreciated - i need to get on with my final year work!
Edited by Danstar10, 18 February 2008 - 08:53 PM.