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What causes Boot Failure: System Halted?

By tewren ·
I have a Dell Dimension 4400. My problems started with a hard disk failure (I think?). So, a new disk drive was installed, 512 Meg memory, and reinstallation of XP Home. Ever since these events, I get the Boot Failure message on a Cold boot. Most of the time when I do a cold boot, XP will come up with no probllems. If I then shut down and do another cold boot, I get the Boot Failure message. I think it is a heat related problem, because if I let the computer sit for about an hour or longer, it will boot up again OK. I replaced the Fan so that was not the problem. As a note, if I do a Restart on XP, it will boot OK every time. The problem is only on a Cold Boot after the computer has been on for a while. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks, Tom

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by dhillon-g In reply to What causes Boot Failure: ...

Seems like a hardware fault,get all the connector out and reconnect them same with memory sticks clean them reinsert, if it still happens replace powersupply.

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by mjd420nova In reply to What causes Boot Failure: ...

Check all the connectors to the memory and reseat
the hard drive. Then with a can of freeze spray,
check out the hard drive control board mounted
on the hard drive unit, then progress to the area around the memory boards. Be careful,
don't saturate the boards and always keep the
can upright. You don't want to freeze the boards
but just cool them, freezing them will give you
even more intermittent troubles.

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by baseballpro20 In reply to What causes Boot Failure: ...

if it is a closed area it usually tends to heat up
and collect dustt
so make shure u regularly clean it for dust
i had the smae porblem with an HP and it actually overheated becuase it was so full of dust and the motherboard fried

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to What causes Boot Failure: ...


Start of by downloading the HDD makers Testing Utility and testing your new HDD, it may not be perfect and it may need replacing.

If that doesn't come up as perfect move the drive to a different computer and repeat the test to see if it's actually the HDD or its controller on the M'Board. If the drive continues to be reported as bad on another computer you know that it's the drive but if it comes back as good you have a faulty HDD controller and you need to replace the M'Board.


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by frewsteve In reply to What causes Boot Failure: ...

been there done that I feel for you basiclly what is happening is that the heat sink still hold in too much heat after the power is killed so the processor starts to come on and then goes thermal. you might be able to put in a fan into the case with an external power supply blowing on the cpu heatsink. you could get fancy and rig up a timer/thermal switch ect. but frankly I would just let it run due to the hassle of trying to rembember if you left it on or not. grin. jusy out of intrest does the new drive run hotter than the old?

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by tewren In reply to What causes Boot Failure: ...


Your answer makes the most sense from what I am seeing. Don't think the new hard drive is running hotter. The new one is a 60GB Samsung that replaced an 80GB Western Digital. After owning the system for 4 years, what would cause the heat sink to not disapate the heat properly? Could a power surge have initiated this? If it is the heat sink, what can be done? Also, I have never taken a can of the dust free and cleaned the inside; would this be worth trying?

Thanks for your reply, Tom

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by dogx In reply to What causes Boot Failure: ...

Ditto on all of the former answers - I would first suspect a "Heat Related Failure".

I've had far too much experience with these ;-/

The solution was not only replacing a fan, but ADDING fans - to the hard drives, especially. This can easily be done using any cheap (they're about $2 or $3 bucks if you check "pricewatch") 2" fan and using hot-glue or super-glue, put a 1/4" -3/8" Space under the fan (for air flow) (hint: broken pencils work just fine for this) Then position the fan so that it blows on the understide of the hard drive.

I would also invest in a better heat sink and processor fan. The fan should be at least 6000 rpm, and a copper heat sink works better than Aluminum.

Lastly, add fans to the case itself. My rule of thumb is, if there's a place for a fan, I add one there - if there are less than 3 fan outlets on the case, it's a simple matter (if you can use Mr. Black and decker common 3/8" drill) to ADD A VENT... much cheaper than a case upgrade.

A healthly computer should sound like a prop-jet taking off (lots of fans) keeping it quiet is NOT in it's best interest.

God Bless


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Dell No Boot Issue

by ashily24dee In reply to What causes Boot Failure: ...


By and large, system files which are missing or infected with viruses can result in a Dell no boot situation. In that case, we can assist you to find the missing DLL files. If by chance, your Dell PC is not booting then we can try to use certain commands to boot in Safe Mode. At times, Windows OS may not allow you to boot in Safe Mode.

Apart from this, Dell no boot issue may occur if the disc drive or a USB drive is in use. This can happen if the bootable device order is modified. To get rid of this issue, we can suggest you to change the bootable device order from BIOS and allow the hard drive to boot along with Windows OS.

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