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Pethegreat VIP Member

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#1 7 years ago

I am having boot issues with my system yet again.

The system will randomly lock up to the point where manually restarting the system is the only solution. Upon reboot the system gives me boot disc errors. Sometimes these can be resolved by running the install disc's start up repair feature. Other times I have to do a reformat.

What is wrong with this system? I replaced the hard drive less than a month ago and the same issues are cropping up.




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#2 7 years ago

Random locking could be a heat-related problem, but that shouldn't result in boot disc errors.

As you already ruled out HDD I'd say it is either the RAM or the motherboard. Or maybe a nasty virus.




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#3 7 years ago

I check the RAM with memtest and they are fine. I would hate to have to get a new motherboard seeing as I paid $140 for it and I only need the system to last another 7 months.

I am going to ask around more before I go out and dump another $80 on a new motherboard




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#4 7 years ago

Bad motherboard, with a faulty SATA controller, maybe? I'd try reinstalling your chipset drivers at the very least.




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#5 7 years ago

With an HDD suffering a crash in the middle of a disc write can cause things to be corrupted. That could be the issue that your having, though it's not a common issue these days. If that is the case, then your problem could be with virtually any component of the system.

Ultimately, your problem is with either;-

1) The CPU 2) The Memory 3) The Motherboard 4) (unlikely to be) the Graphics card

If it's the CPU, then it's likely to be a heat issue. That can easily be checked by checking the CPU temps. Memory can be eliminated through memtest, which will let you narrow it down to the motherboard or graphics card, and the graphics card can be eliminated by either using a replacement or the onboard graphics card (if you have an onboard card)




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#6 7 years ago

Sounds like it could be the SATA controller. If you replaced the HD already and are still get issues before Windows even boots, and the Rams good, thats the most likely culprit IMO.

You could try running your drive off a different SATA port and see what it does.




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#7 7 years ago

It's the drive. Reading comments here, I get the feeling of how it went for me once, nothing else can make sense. The drive is being found and works, so the motherboard is doings its job. Everything said, is drive related, Can't say for sure, but I think if I was working on that system, I'd say to myself,,,"try another drive". oops missed last sentence, got to be the controler, or some funky connecter prob.




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#8 7 years ago

The drive is band new. I highly doubt I would get 2 bad drives in a row.

I have tried all 4 of the SATA ports on the board and I get the same problem every time.

The CPU's temperature does not go above 60C. The hottest part of the chipset reached 70C. The hottest part in the computer are the dual 4850. They max out at 105C which is the limit of the cards. There is nothing I can for it. I having a case fan blow directly on the cards, and I keep the cards clean.




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#9 7 years ago

Pethegreat;5501597The drive is band new. I highly doubt I would get 2 bad drives in a row.

I have tried all 4 of the SATA ports on the board and I get the same problem every time.

The CPU's temperature does not go above 60C. The hottest part of the chipset reached 70C. The hottest part in the computer are the dual 4850. They max out at 105C which is the limit of the cards. There is nothing I can for it. I having a case fan blow directly on the cards, and I keep the cards clean.

I assume all four SATA ports were also on the same controller, so that can't be tested.

Those chipset temps are pretty bad, and GPU temps are, well, awful. What's your ambient temp like?




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#10 7 years ago

Pethegreat;5501597The drive is band new. I highly doubt I would get 2 bad drives in a row.

I have tried all 4 of the SATA ports on the board and I get the same problem every time.

The CPU's temperature does not go above 60C. The hottest part of the chipset reached 70C. The hottest part in the computer are the dual 4850. They max out at 105C which is the limit of the cards. There is nothing I can for it. I having a case fan blow directly on the cards, and I keep the cards clean.

Those temperatures could be problematic. Open the case for a while, maybe that'll help.