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My computer hangs up during the POST process, and I'm not sure whether to downgrade my BIOS (someone else suggested it to me) or look at it possibly being my memory/HD. I've been using the newest BIOS for about a month now, and this is the first time I've had an error booting.

Specifically I see it hang up when it shows the Memory Testing message appear (it doesn't complete the message, stops at "Memory T"), but the RAM is only a month old...hell, the whole system is only a month old.

Last night my computer took unusually long to power down (took so long that I just hard booted it off, and just a little while ago was the first time trying to turn it back on). Everything in it is running, sounds the same, just don't know what's wrong.

Wasn't sure where to post this thread as I'm uncertain to the problem.
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Memory Te... means your RAM is bad, and is not passing POST.

Try booting off one memory stick, see if that works.
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My computer hangs up during the POST process, and I'm not sure whether to downgrade my BIOS (someone else suggested it to me) or look at it possibly being my memory/HD. I've been using the newest BIOS for about a month now, and this is the first time I've had an error booting.

Specifically I see it hang up when it shows the Memory Testing message appear (it doesn't complete the message, stops at "Memory T"), but the RAM is only a month old...hell, the whole system is only a month old.

Last night my computer took unusually long to power down (took so long that I just hard booted it off, and just a little while ago was the first time trying to turn it back on). Everything in it is running, sounds the same, just don't know what's wrong.

Wasn't sure where to post this thread as I'm uncertain to the problem.
Most likely the ram went bad, recent batches of crucial ram have been just god awe full and most die within the first weeks or months. Try booting with only one stick of ram in the mobo. Try both sticks one at a time.
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Well they're Tracers, and both show LED action. Anyhow, I traded them out for my second pair of the same type and batch of RAM, working on my wife's computer. I'm going to see if my second computer boots up with the RAM in it, and if it does then I'll run a memtest on each stick, but now I'm doubting its the RAM.
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Yep, I swapped the 2 1GB sticks of both computers, and my Dell XPS still boots fine, but my sigged one won't. :/

BTW, before swapping them to my second computer I tried each stick individually and they wouldn't work. Then I figured to try it out on my second computer, which still booted fine.
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I would just double check if your video card is in all the way, you have all the power connectors in tight(on my ds3r, the hardest one is right above the cpu), make sure all the fans are plugged in correctly, everything is seated right. I would reset the jumpers on the motherboard too. Maybe take out the CMOS battery. Your motherboard worked before this right? I thought you said it was working fine before.
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Video card is seated all the way, power connectors are in, fans are all blowing right. Reset the jumpers and now it gets stuck at my S-Board Gigabyte screen instead of the POST screen. Everything worked fine, last night was when I had the first weird indication on it taking forever to power down.

I'm going to look around a bit more, and if nothing easy comes to mind, I'll just take it all apart this weekend and put it back together, and reflash it to my shipped BIOS.
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Update: Well, I haven't flashed it back to F2 yet. It won't read my USB drive on bootup, so I need to put it on a floppy and find a floppy drive to use.

What I found out when leaving it on was that it will power on EVENTUALLY (after about 5 minutes it'll finish its POST, in another 5 minutes it'll load windows, and in another 5 minutes it'll go to my desktop). Is this a hard drive issue or still BIOS related? I don't know what could be bogging it down this severely. Powering off is the same. I get the Ending Task popup for about every service before it powers off, and then it takes about 10 minutes to turn off completely.
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I presume youve checked msconfig to see which programs you have in start up - to make sure your comp isnt bogged down - or even infected with a virus ... possibly downloaded new Windows updates recently ... ETC.

I would try to rule out driver/windows problems before doubting your hardware. Slow start up/shut downs are more driver/program/windows related.

CTRL+ALT+DEL - processes ... how many have you got running ... any you dont recognise

Control Panel - Adinistrative Tools - Event Viewer - System/Application tabs ... any error notices ?

Run CHKDSK. Help

If this fails to solve it. Look at reinstalling clean windows.


Whenever adding a new motherboard, (you dont say if your HD is new, or clean windows install) , but a new windows install is best.
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I checked it and had it strictly for startup essential, and antivirus, nothing more (the way I do with all my computers).

I ran a full scan (Spybot, Adaware, Nod32) and all came up clean. I always run CCleaner before as well.

Haven't run CHKDSK yet, but will try that next. If I do need to reinstall, I made an image after my initial load and apps install for this very reason.

My two HD's were brand new, one of them had to be RMA'd due to damage during shipping, the one I have my install is the other one.

EDIT: Something else: Just the booting is extremely slow, once it gets to my desktop the computer runs normal and I can play games at my normal settings/speeds, with CPU usage being my normal low %. Don't see how that would be a virus, but it could be due to drivers, so I'll update those once it finally finishes restarting.
Edited by Ainokea - 7/11/08 at 2:41pm
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