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By Zeus who Frags ·
I bought an Athlon750 on an Abit Ka7 Motherboard, 3D Prophet II Ge-Force 2 32Mo, 128Mo SD-RAM PC133 and a giant tower 300W.

Sometimes, when I start my computer (power on, reboot or reset button), it hangs like if I was keeping the reset button pushed. The only activity is the power that semms OK (hard disks light on, coolers are on), everything seems OK but it keeps in this position. I don't see the first screen of the graphic card just before the Ami Bios.
If I shut down everything, I wait2 or 3 minutes, usually (but not always), it boots correctly then.
I have the latest bios, etc... I have MANY coolers, the tower is fresh.
Seems to be a connectivity problem but I tried to unplug everything and rebuild the PC : the same :-(
Moreover, when the first screen of the graphic card appears correctly, then the PC works perfectly, no bugs, until I reboot it.
I don't see where the problem is (the tower? The MB? The Ge-Force? The processor? ...)
Thanks.

"And so it begins..." (Kosh, Babylon5)

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by OutlawX In reply to Boot problem on new PC

I suggest just trying another video card in the motherboard it sounds like the video card has a bad connection or the prosser on the video card is screwing up. give that a try and see how that goes. that would be the first thing i try. also a k7 takes a min power supply of 300w and if you are using peliter coolers its a good chance the power supply is not large enough if it were me i would be running a min of a 400 watt with a K7 and peliter coolers

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by Zeus who Frags In reply to Boot problem on new PC

I tried to reduce the number of coolers, HD and CD-ROM drives but didn't help. Sorry.

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by jlessick In reply to Boot problem on new PC

Stop by AMD's web site. They have a comprehensive guide to configuration at:

http://www1.amd.com/athlon/config

Note thier comment: "To assure maximum performance from any processor, high-quality contemporary hardware is always recommended."
Beyond that, pull out the video card, make sure all those little retainers for the DIMMS are in the full upright position, and reseat the video card.

I am running an Athlon 650, with 3 fans, 2 hard disks, and 2 CD-ROMs on a 250 watt power supply. It is the most reliable system I have had in years.

In a case like yours though, I would try a different video card and see what happens.

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by Zeus who Frags In reply to Boot problem on new PC

I tried with a Banshhe Voodoo2 PCI. Didn't help.

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by Greyknight In reply to Boot problem on new PC

Having built around 2000 pcs and seen similar instances, my suggestion would be to replace the motherboard or ram and try again. The reasoning being that, on power up the motherboard sends a signal to the power supply and requests both power and a "Power Good" signal in return. If it doesnt recieve both, then the machine just sits in a state of flux. Harddrives spin up but nothing else. It the power supply is new and the machine boots occasionally then it has to point to the other end of the chain(the motherboard). Also if the board is not good the memory will retain information on soft reboot.

Unfortunately problems like this never have any easy solution and invariable end if with a "Swap Fest" of components :-(

Good Luck!

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by Zeus who Frags In reply to Boot problem on new PC
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by Phinaddict In reply to Boot problem on new PC

Have you tried to re-seat your video card? Make sure that you have your latest video drivers.
Possibly a bad slot on the MB
Or the Memory is having some problems. (Try to re-seat first)

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by Zeus who Frags In reply to Boot problem on new PC
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by steveh In reply to Boot problem on new PC

It's quite possible that one of your memory chips is bad. I am assuming that you only have one, but if you have more than one, move the chip that's in the first position to the second position. If the problem no longer happens, I suggest you get areplacement for your RAM chip. There is also a possibility that your HDD has a bad connection, possibly the power cable, or is bad itself. Most likely not the video card, also possibly the motherboard. If it's not the memory or the HDD, try removing or switching out all hardware components one at a time to see if system still boots on a reset.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

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by Zeus who Frags In reply to Boot problem on new PC

Thanks. Your answer helped me to solve another problem! (but not that one).

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