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My computer won't boot most of the time, unless I keep restarting it over and over until it decides to. (stupid, I know, but when you're pissed off you stop giving a damn) It all started fairly randomly, and I don't what the cause is. Here are the symptoms:

1. Audio doesn't work. I don't know if there is an issue with my install of Windows, or if the onboard sound is toast. Basically, I can get it to work sometimes by restarting and/or installing and uninstalling audio drivers. It's really just hit or miss.

2. When I restart/shut off my PC, then attempt to boot again, I get hung at the boot screen where it tests the USB components and such. It basically just goes, "6136MB RAM...OK" then sits there and does absolutely nothing. After restarting it a few times, it will eventually decide to pass the "OK" part and go to checking the SATA devices and keyboard/mouse. When it hangs on the RAM check, the BOOT_DEVICE led is lit, and I don't really know what that means. I checked my manual for error codes and such but to no avail.


I really have no idea how to fix this, and I've already checked the stupid things one might miss. I suppose it could be the RAM...

Anyone?
Edited by Vaalyne - 2/19/11 at 4:36pm
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Sounds like a problem with the HD. Open bios to make sure booting from HD.

Audio i'd probably use drive sweeper to uninstall old drivers. Can you boot into safe mode?
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Sounds like a problem with the HD. Open bios to make sure booting from HD.

Audio i'd probably use drive sweeper to uninstall old drivers. Can you boot into safe mode?
I can boot into safe mode as long as it lets me past the "Initializing USB controllers... 6136MB OK" part. That is where I hang up in the BIOS, and the BOOT_DEVICE led is lit. I have NO idea what is causing it... I can try resetting the CMOS, and then testing each RAM stick.

For the audio, I'll use driver sweeper in safemode.

Edit: I was unable to remove anything with Driver Sweeper, but the problem with booting seemed to go away when there is only one RAM stick in the PC. I'm going to put the others back in, plus my second GPU, and see if it will still boot.
Edited by Vaalyne - 2/19/11 at 4:36pm
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No luck... still won't boot half the time. :/



This is a picture of what it gives me when it won't boot. If I try hitting "DEL" "ALT + F2" or "F8", they just sit there and nothing happens. Absolutely nothing happens at this menu; I have to restart and hope it will work next time.

Ideas anyone?
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Have you tried putting your CPU and RAM back to stock speeds? To me, it sounds like an unstable overclock.

I know when I start to push the limits, my audio and USB start to have problems.
    
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Have you tried putting your CPU and RAM back to stock speeds? To me, it sounds like an unstable overclock.

I know when I start to push the limits, my audio and USB start to have problems.
Stock settings, same stuff happens. :/
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...dang. Total shot in the dark but it doesn't hurt to try the 1102 bios. I noticed you are still on 1005.
    
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...dang. Total shot in the dark but it doesn't hurt to try the 1102 bios. I noticed you are still on 1005.
Oh, there's a new BIOS? I checked back about a month ago I think and the latest was still 1005. Maybe that will help... I can give it a shot.
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Do not use driver sweeper, it does nothing to help BIOS problems. It also causes problems of it's own, like not allowing you install service packs because it erases essential files from the OS.

The problem could be an unstable overclock, bad/faulty memory, bad/faulty HDD.

First thing I'd do is set everything back to stock speeds. If that doesn't help, clear the CMOS and setup your preferred default settings again. If that doesn't work, reflash the BIOS to the latest version.

If that doesn't work, you've ruled out the BIOS itself causing problems and an unstable overclock. Move on to the hardware. First and most likely culprit is memory. If you can, download and run a memtest86+ boot cd and let it run overnight. This will tell you if you have memory problems or not.

If errors show up in memtest86+, congratulations, you've found the problem. If not, move on to other hardware (GPU/HDD/CPU)

A reseat of all hardware and cables may be in order.
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...the problem with booting seemed to go away when there is only one RAM stick in the PC. I'm going to put the others back in, plus my second GPU, and see if it will still boot.
So let me get this straight. You had it working with one stick of ram in, but then it started having problems again when you put the others back in again.

Sounds to me like you have faulty memory.

http://www.memtest86.com/

Download this program, put it on a bootable CD or USB stick, boot to it, and let it test your memory.
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