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XP fails to boot at times

Here's the hardware:

Home built PC
2.66 Pentium Intel CPU
Asus P4PE Motheboard
Western Digital 200 GB hard drive
ATI Radeon All in Wonder 8500
1 GB of Corsair 2700 ram
Soundblaster Audigy 2 sound card
Windows XP SP1

Here's the issue:

At times when I turn my PC on, XP won't boot up. I get the Bios screen, the XP LOGO, the list of components, & then it starts back over. Sometimes it will give me the screen to start in safe mode or last known good configuration. Sometimes it will allow me to use last known good configuration & sometimes I have to go to safe mode & sometimes I have to use system restore & go to an earlier restore point. Most of the time, it boots up fine, but I wonder if XP might be getting corrupted or a possible hardware problem. I have also noticed that some of my applications seem to take longer to come up & shut down.

I am on a home network, have the usual antivirus software, adaware, spysweeper, etc.

Would appreciate any tips & help. Don't want my system to crash. I do have everything backed up. Just trying to figure out where to go next.

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What power supply was used?

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And what's in the EVENT VIEWER after a crash start?

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Power Supply

In reply to: What power supply was used?

Power Supply is an Antec 550W

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That's not it.

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Try one stick of RAM. What happens?

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One stick of ram

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Haven't tried that yet....will do that & let you know.

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Antec Problems

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If you're using an Antec power supply, look at the voltages in the bios health monitor. I had two different ones go low. Other people have been experiencing this too.

Here's a little story with photos to prove it (for those people who feel Antec is a great brand that'd never sell an unreliable power supply that doesn't meet specs):

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In reply to: XP fails to boot at times

it's time to re-do the BIOS. You can find them on ASUS's website. I used that exact board..its' a good one. Another place to look might be the power switch. If it's dirty or faulty it will do the same thing. Good luck.

and life goes on...


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Thanks for the tip. I haven't updated the BIOS....not sure what's involved there. But I'll check it out.

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how to for BIOS...

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Go to your motherboard's manufacturer's web site. Go to their 'support' or 'downloads' page. Look for your BIOS there along with an install guide. Follow the instructions EXACTLY or you'll find yourself loading that .44 magnum <grin>.

and life goes on...


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