Replaced mob and still acting crazy
Posted 13 April 2008 - 01:06 PM
Posted 13 April 2008 - 02:33 PM
When you say it's going into a "reboot cycle" - does Windows START to load then reboots -OR- is the system hanging up during the motherboards BIOS power-on sequence? Are you able to successfully boot from the Windows install CD or DVD? Have you set any BIOS settings different from their recommended factory defaults? Are you overclocking? Are you leaving and CD's DVD's or external USB drvies attached to the PC? I ask because I've seen machines hang up on power-up because they were attempting to "BOOT" from a USB device that was NOT bootable.
I think with some more detailed information - one of us here should be able to help. If Windows DOES start booting but immediately restarts or hangs up, it's the policy of this site to FIRST rule out malware as the culprit of your problem. That said - you'll need to get assistance from one of the boards admins, moderators or techs who are authorized to offer malware support as I do not have that authority here.
Hope this at least helps lay the foundation for getting your problem resolved.
Posted 13 April 2008 - 05:11 PM
A side note is that after 2-3 years i consider any computer not working right as parts machines not worth fixing.
Posted 13 April 2008 - 07:34 PM
Posted 13 April 2008 - 10:03 PM
Just a couple of observations,
The compaq presario desktop s400v on a search in HP does not exisit as reported by the OP and is probly a s4000v-xxxx. May want to confirm that?
If this truely is a s400v (maybe hp 9000 series 400 workstation) this might mean this is a business class machine and may have a number of different hardware configurations under that model name. It depends on how it was ordered. It was called a configure to order (cto)
HP desktops come imaged from HP with HP Splash screen and bios configurations that are TATOOED specificaly to work with HP provided recovery media.
Keeps HP media built for a specific model from being used on non-HP machines. A bit of code from the motherboard has to match a bit of code on the harddrive. Or you get all sorts of errors. Takes special software to clear this DMI information if that becomes an issue.
Seeing a BIOSTAR splash screen means this machine is not TATOOED with HP FIRMWARE. OP should not be seeing this. Should be seeing HP logo if using HP software/recovery media.
Should verify if the mainboard came from a third party, or purchased from HP. If the install media was a RETAIL purchased XP or the old HP RECOVERY DISKS. You really need to know.
If this machine has a non-hp mainboard, then it is not a HP anymore and should be refered to as a custom/home build, using a Retail version of XP.
Besure to use Biostar for the Main board/video/sound drivers and Not HP. Best not to refer to it as a HP model anything, when seeking out repair help computer to avoid confusion.
Posted 14 April 2008 - 05:32 AM
Posted 14 April 2008 - 01:40 PM
First go around, look at what your boot order is. Wouldnt be the first time seeing a computer set to boot from NETWORK or PIXE first slow up the boot time.
Set order so the os drive gets booted first and see how you go. I wouldnt rule out a bad cable ide cable either. Have a look how the drives are pinned for master slave configurations too.
Also (Like John Hook a previous poster said ) if you have any usb devices (other than keyboard/mouse) plugged in while your booting. This has been known to cause hangs. Check to see if you left any media (cd's, memory cards, floppies, ect) in any of the drives. Unplug and remove those and see what you get as well.
Posted 14 April 2008 - 02:02 PM
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