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i have a p4 1.6g processor with 512 or RDram and 64mb of video.

what is happening lately is that when i starup or restart my computer it goes through the bios and start up it will show all the hardware and it go to a blank dark grey screen and will set there.

when it does this i have to restart 2 or 3 times and it works

it doesnt always do this but quite often

any suggestions?
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Boot the PC and keep tapping F8 until you get options, select safe mode to see if it boots differently

You could check the video adapter drivers
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how do i check my video adapter drivers, i am unfamiliar with that

Thanks
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Download and install Everest Home Edition

Run the programme, click + next to computer then summary

Look on right for display / video adapter

Look at the manufacturer’s site for the suitable driver for your Operating System


If you are unable to find it, please post the make and model here before you download anything

Please set a system restore point before you install anything
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well i loaded the everest program and found an updated driver for my card

the driver i had was 4 years old, i have rebooted twice and it works. so lets hope that was the problem.

Thank you.

btw, is there a way to make the startup process faster (before you get to the windows screen)
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If you have adaware se run the scan and note the number of running processes, if you have 30 or so, probably not much, if the number is a lot higher you can run through msconfig then start up to check entries against this list, remove the ticks from anything which is shown as unnecessary, click apply and reboot, when windows gets to the desktop, click do not start the configuration utility

http://www.bleepingc...r.com/startups/
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i have already tried that.

i just didnt know if there was a way to tell you computer not to check all the drives and such during startup before you see the xp windows screen
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i see that my bios is over 4 years old so i downloaded the file

can anyone give me a step by step how to update your bios

i have Asus p4t-E Revision 1003

Thank you
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Did you download the top one here (Aflash V2.21)

http://support.asus....SLanguage=en-us

If so, you run it like this

http://support.asus....SLanguage=en-us
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no i downloaded this one...

Beta Version 1008.004 2003/11/06 update
OS DOS
Description P4T-E Beta BIOS 1008.004
The latest beta BIOS
File Size 143.51 (KBytes)

Here is the bios for my computer did i download the right one???

my bios date: 09/20/2001
Bios Type: Award Modular Bios v6.0
Bios ID: 09/20/2001-i850-<P4T
OEM signon: ASUS P4T-E ACPI BIOS Revision 1003

how do i use this file to upgrade my BIOS?
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Motherboard manufacturer's say the BIOS should only be updated if you have known issues

They release Beta versions, but do not support them

If you have the motherboard CD then look for ASUS Autoupdate which will make sure you get the correct file

If you cannot find ASUS Autoupdate, consider their advice, however, if you still want to go ahead with the update, use the latest stable release, not a Beta version
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