-PC is turned on. Manufacturer logo (Systemax) is displayed for a LONG (1.5 minutes+) time. If I switch off QuietBooting, removing the system logo, a blinking cursor in the upper lefthand screen appears for the same duration. This was the case before loading Linux as it is now with Linux installed.
-"GRUB loading stage 2..." appears. This is to be expected, but it still seems to hang sometimes.
-I choose Windows (the default) and Windows XP boots.
-Sometimes, when booting, the HDD spindle motor spins on and off several times. Then the system does not boot. I usually have to switch the power supply off for a minute to correct this problem.
-Sometimes, when using my PC (booted up and running) the HDD spindle motor shuts off. This is NOT like the power saving feature. Sometimes this happens while the drive is in use! Fortunately this is a rareity.
-S3 state no longer works for Standby mode. S3 is set, but the system wants to go into S1 only.
These problems happened to a lesser degree with the original power supply Systemax supplied. I replaced it for that reason. I suspect the $8.95 "X POWER 550 Watt" power supply I replaced it with about six months ago could be causing these troubles. Could a cheap power supply really cause these problems?
My complete system info. is attached Systemax.txt 37.62KB 399 downloads. Items to note are the PowerLeap! Socket423-->Socket478 upgrade and the Radeon X800PRO, both of which require a separate power connection from the supply.