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    PC will only run in safe mode

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    by alane ·

    I have a PC which will only run in safe mode.
    Some time ago this particular PC started to randomly reboot so I took it out of service until I could get some time to investigate the problem. The PC was relatively inexpensive and I am only trying to find out why this is happening for my own peace of mind as it is now driving me completely round the bend.
    The symptoms are –
    1. either enters a reboot loop at POST (may do this 5/6 times then goes to 2)
    2. loads OS OK but will ‘switch off’ as though the plug has been pulled at random intervals
    3. As 2 but switch off at first keystroke or mouse movement.
    4. Occasionally will allow 2/3 minutes use then as 3
    After 2,3 or 4 will run scandisk then as above
    In attempt to fix, I initially reinstalled Win 98 SE from scratch after reformat.
    Since then I have –
    fitted new hard drive
    new memory
    installed (at different times) both Win98 & Win2000 OS
    Booted computer with every combination of System configuration.
    The PC spec is –
    BK630e V1.7D / V7.1 MAINBOARD
    CentaurHauls x86 Family 6 Model 6 Stepping 2
    240mb ram
    OS Win 98SE

    I have discounted faulty PSU as the problem as the PC will run indefinitely in Safe Mode
    Any assistance will be greatly appreciated

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    • #2684746

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      by w2ktechman ·

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      sounds like a virus, I would reinstall after fdisk /mbr

      • #2673296

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        by alane ·

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        Definitely not a virus – clean install on new hard drive after fdisk did not fix problem, Thanks anyway

    • #2684732

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      by needsavacation ·

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      Might be a bad power supply too. If it’s relatively inexpensive, I wouldn’t beat your head against the wall too much. It’s no fun doing that.

      • #2673295

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        by alane ·

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        Thanks – this confirms exactly what I know I should do – trash the PC. I just hate to be beat.

    • #2684700

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      by rcom ·

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      Because the PC runs in safe mode doesn’t mean there isn’t a power problem. In safe mode a device may not come on that otherwise would overload the power supply.

      First if any, what changes have been made to the hardware or software. Is there anything different with the surroundings like another device plugged in to the same surge protector or power outlet. In otherwords start outside and work your way in. This may just be a loose power connection. After illiminating outside sources then dig into the PC.

      What happens if you boot to a command prompt with a boot disk. OS doesn’t matter cause you’re just seeing if the PC will stay on. If it does then its a software related issue.

      In safe mode uninstall drivers for modem, sound, nic, and all external peripherals connected USB, COM and LPT ports. After shutting down physically disconnect them. Only connect a regular keyboard & mouse. In the BIOS, disable hardware monitoring, the onboard devices like modem, a common cause of this problem, network card, sound, COMM and LPT ports. Sometimes there’s jumpers on the mother board to disable the onboard devices if so look in the users manual for how to do it. If you have a video card disable the onboard and install that.

      Start the system if it works add items one at a time until the problem occurs. If its an onboard device you can leave it disabled and use an add-on card.

    • #2684662

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      by cglrcng9 ·

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      If it will run indef. in Safe Mode, then I would suspect either an add in card like Video, modem, etc. or a specific program in your start up folder. Try this first in Win98SE. Start it in Safe Mode, then Start>Run>Type: msconfig>Enter

      1st thing to do is click on the button “Create Backup”, and follow the instructions to create a backup even if a recent 1 has been made.

      (Now get out a pen & paper and make a simple chart of the 6 checkboxes below the “Selective Startup” section) You will be trying many combinations so keep track of that which you have checked out already.

      Check the circle for “Selective Startup”, uncheck “Load startup group items”. Restart the computer. If it loads Windows normally, then it’s simply a program in the start-up folder. Here’s what you absolutely need to run Win98SE only, not counting your AV and other optional start-up items. If it starts normally, then go back to msconfig, re-check the “Load startup group items” box but leave it in the “Selective Startup Mode”, go to the “Startup” tab up top, then uncheck all items except the following.

      Scan Registry
      Task Monitor
      System Tray
      Load Power Profile (there needs to be 2 separate entries of LPP, DO NOT uncheck either of the “Load Power Profile” items).
      Scheduling Agent
      Load QM- If Present (if you uncheck it, then it will just create another entry upon re-boot, not good).

      Ucheck all others present. Re-start the computer and see if it starts normally (if it does then the only items in the system tray by the clock should be the Task Scheduler & Volume Icon).

      Now you have determined that it is a startup item or hardware associated w/1 of those items. I would go back to the start up tab, keeping track of what I do, and recheck the boxes for those other startup items 1 at a time and restarting normally until I had a shutdown, freeze or whatever the original problem was until I found the program that causes the problem.

      • #2684661

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        by cglrcng9 ·

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        (cont.)
        If it isn’t located in the startup folder…Then return to the msconfig “Selective Startup” area again, working from the bottom up uncheck the next item also & uncheck “Process Win.ini file”, and so on till the problem goes away and Windows starts normally. Once you find out where the problem is located we can better help you. Keep good records!

        Good luck on your search. I’d also think about finding a test PCI video card and removing and replacing the existing card (change the driver of the installed card to a standard vga driver before removing it & restart, then remove the physical card), and remove all video driver entries present (NVidia, Real3D, etc.), using Add/Remove Programs. Remove the modem & NIC & any other add-in cards. All you really want is the CPU, Keyboard, Mouse, a simple PCI Video Card, & the Monitor. No printer, Scanner, Camera, etc. attached to the puter. I’d go as far as removing (unplugging) any drives (including power connectors & ribbon cables), except the hard drive (you might laugh but have seen a malfunctioning CD or Floppy drive hang Windows up bad).

      • #2684658

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        by cglrcng9 ·

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        Re-read your post, if you have tried all the above…Download & install WinSafe from; http://www.easydesksoftware.com install it and start the puter in Safe Mode, then print out the BootLog.txt file located in the folder or on the winsafe control panel. Had to do this once and go line for line through the boot process looking for load failures (the log was like 87 pages long, be warned). My problem was a failure do to a bad uninstall of Zone Alarm leaving files behind. Always shut it off before uninstalling.

        Good Luck, but do list your start up files on the startup tab, K? I’ll go over the list if you do.

    • #2673332

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      by joseph moore ·

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      Bad motherboard?
      Did you try upgrading the BIOS on the motherboard? If so, then get a new motherboard.

    • #2673361

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      by yrma ·

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      run scanreg /fix and reboot

    • #2671805

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      by its_reflexed ·

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      5 Things It Can Only Be

      SHITHOUSE OR FAULTY MAINBOARD
      CPU OVERHEATING OR OVERCLOCKED OR DYING
      PSU (Power Supply Unit) Not Giving Enough Power
      VIRUS (Either ITWL Or BSI Maybe W32 QGHOST)
      Or
      Driver Conflict / Not Installed Correctly

      Try The Following First

      Turn On Enter Setup (BIOS/CMOS)
      You Do This Via Hitting DEL On Most Phonix/Award

      Or Try F1/F2/F11/F12

      Check To Make Sure BIOS Shadowing Aint On Or BIOS Shadowing Make Sure Caching Is Enabled, Also Check The Power Setting And The Clock Aperature And Frequency To Make Sure Power Aint Set To PIPOST (Plug Insert POST) Or Standby Etc… WOL Check That PME Wakeup Is Off And Some Have A Function Where The Computer Shutdowns With POS (Power Off State) So The Power Must Be Removed At The Back For 5 Secs And Plugged Back In Before You Can Turn It Back On For PSU Resons

      Anyway Try That And Try THis

      During Boot Hit F8 And Choose Safe Mode

      If Ya Get In That Good If No Format

      So Your In Safemode I Am Assuming Cause That Done Load Drivers And Viruses Aint Got Nothing Going In Safemode

      Oh Well You Said You Can Get It In So I Just Read Then And The Bottom So Install This Only

      AVG 6 Download Via http://www.grisoft.com
      its a free edition and it will remove so many viruses of your computer klez and all trust me people think they aint got a virus but they do

      anyway also try this
      start /run/ and type wilst in safe mode

      MSCONFIG

      and select startup tab and disble all plus check the win.ini sys.ini startup boot to safe boot but not safemode to verify the problems

      still having problems just format
      reinstall
      and if you have important stuff just use r-studio via http://www.download.com to restore after format and reinstall it works

      goodluck buddy

    • #2671708

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      by kevg ·

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      Basic rule in fault finding
      KISS – Keep It Simple
      Check the fans, don’t forget the video card and anything else that has a fan. Check the dust build up on fans (cpu, cpu, video, ect.) If you video card does not have a fan, think about putting one on, its good sense anycase.
      Next check the voltages of the psu. Also if you can check for ripple.
      If it still does it, then do a high level memory diagnostic.
      After that start stripping till you have basic nut and bolts for a working PC.
      After that you basically have a nice paper weight.

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