Freezing at Boot Up

By i_am_carbon ·
Hi all,

My PC has aquired a problem which i have had now for about 3 months. When the PC is started it will load perfectly normal and let me run most applications without due cause. If the PC is turned off or is needing a reboot it will not load straight away. Instead, the Windows XP boot up screen is displayed but is shown quite dark and the scroll bar does not move. If i leave the PC for 10 minutes the PC has a habit of loading without further problems. If another reboot is need this problem will happen again.

I have search all blogs on this site and others but the problems seem near mine but not the same.

What i have tried this far...
Checking and Changing the BIOs does not seem to do anything for the PC.
The graphics card has been checked but my motherboard does not have an onboard video port.

Can't understand why this is happening. The hard drive is currently formated, scandisked and no problems shown. It seems to be a DOS related issue as far as i believe as nothing in any log for XP mentions this or possibly a file problem but a fresh install of XP and Win 98 but came back the same.

My Stats;
AsRock 775-CrossFire
Pentium D 830 - 3.0ghz Dual Core
2gb DDR2 RAM
Nvidia GeForce 7100GS 256Mb RAM
5.1 Creative Sound Card
550w PSU

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Replace the Power Supply

by OH Smeg In reply to Freezing at Boot Up

It sounds as if it has suffered some damage.


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A can of freeze spray

by mjd420nova In reply to Freezing at Boot Up

Using a can of freeze spray would help you to find the problem device. It sounds like the drive controller is locking up and not allowing a complete read from the drive and locking in a loop. Be careful with the spray, keep the can upright or you'll get the propelant on the chips/boards and cause moisture to form. A few shots in the power supply would help to tell if that's the problem.

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