View Full Version : PC wont gboot further than POST

02-03-2005, 02:08 PM
Ok my computer was working fine today, I played a few games of CS-Condition Zero and did some other routine stuff. Then I unistalled Yahoo messenger as it has been giving me problems. Restarted the PC and everything was fine. When it got to Windows I was asked to specify a driver for a new piece of hardware. I thought all my hardware was installed. I cancelled the "new hardware wizard" so that I could see what it had detected. All it said was "unknown device" I then removed the device from the device manager and rebooted hoping that XP would give me a better description on reboot.

Shutdown and rebooted the PC but then it froze at the POST screen and didn't go any further. I powered on and off several times but still nothing. I took my x800 card out and put the old 9600xt in the box but that didn't help either. I then cleared the CMOS... and still nothing. I removed and reseated all the cards but still nothing.

Before I cleared the CMOS the boot/POST process would stop at the line which says... Checking NVRAM OK! but it wouldnd't go further than that. I can't get into the BIOS at all no matter what I do.

Any advice will be appreciated.... my assignments for uni are on my PC and really I don't want to buy another mobo if thats what wrong.

Could it be a heat problem I'd be surprised if it was.. I have to 2 case fans (1 front blowing and 1 rear extracting plus the PSU fans extracting the air)


02-03-2005, 03:18 PM
Try a new CMOS battery.

02-03-2005, 06:50 PM
Well I've managed to get the PC going again. To be honest I don't know what was wrong. I have discovered that my digital camera is now stuffed. The PC booted once I unplugged the camera. The camera doesn't work (it was working this morning tho)

Go figure

Will have to keep an eye on things and see what happens.



03-03-2005, 12:12 PM
Very suspicious. Is your USB now working?

03-03-2005, 07:51 PM
hopefully you can claim insurance on your digi cam

have you tested your usb somehow, is there a way to measure the voltage and see if its normal?

05-03-2005, 08:34 AM
Well USB works fine, all of my USB ports on the back of my case are being used and they all work fine. I have 2 in the front but I don't think they are working... (I think I haven't connected them) The funny thing is that my digital camera now works fine. I don't understand how this happened. PC boots fine and its as if nothing went wrong in the first place.



05-03-2005, 08:52 AM

05-03-2005, 09:13 AM
check your Bios, look and see if usb boot is enabled it may have been trying to boot off the pictures of your last ski visit to MT Cook :D sorry to hear that your camera got damaged though

05-03-2005, 09:24 AM
Yeah I was completely stumped when it all happened. I just couldn't figure it out. I tried everything I could think of as you can see from my 1st post. Just a freak occurrence really. Only problem I have is that some of my games are crashing... it started with CS-Condition Zero, but the last time I played it, the game didn't crash (I think it has something to do with STEAM) The same thing happened with Half-Life 2 when I installed it for the 1st time.

On the previous install as time wore on the problem seemed to fix itself. I haven't had HL2 crash on me yet since re-installing it. I also had a problem with LOTR:Battle for Middle Earth, that also used to crash, the game is updated with the lastest patch so I don't know what the problem is there. I kept on getting a "memory cannot be written error"

I haven't played it since the new install, I will test it and see what happens.

On the bright side the X800 XT is performing very well, AA & AF rule!!! Games look so much better. I want to install Doom 3 to see how that runs with the X800 XT.