Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




56 posts

Master Geek


Topic # 58534 13-Mar-2010 21:49
Send private message

Hello,

My computer has this problem that when it boots sometimes it just freezes. It does this during the POST after it detects my HDDs. Does anyone have any ideas? My internal specs are:


Intel Pentium E2180 2.0 GHz
Asus P5KPL-VM
2x 1GB RAM
320W Thermaltake PSU
ATI Radeon HD2600 512MB
Western Digital 500GB
Western Digital 160GB

My first thought was that some internal connector wasn't connected properly so I unplugged everything and put it all back but the problem persists. I noticed that the heat sink on my onboard graphics was quite hot, which is strange since I disabled it in my BIOS.

The only way I have found to get around this problem is, stupidly enough, to turn the computer off and shake the case. Then when I turn it back on it boots fine. This is obviously not a very good solution and I was wondering if anyone knew what could be wrong or if they had had a similar problem.


Thanks,
Arachan.

Create new topic
27 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 2


  Reply # 307032 14-Mar-2010 09:39
Send private message

What O/S are you running ?

Two options: Run Chkdsk /r

pull 1 stick of ram see if it boots normal
let me know what happend
regards lee

xpd

The Overrated Raccoons
8517 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1175

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 307036 14-Mar-2010 09:47
Send private message

Overheating or faulty HDD would be my guess. My system does funky things when its hot like not even getting to POST screen - the fans go nuts and thats it. Moved it back to the house where its cooler and boots everytime.

Remove your HDD's - does the POST run fine ?
If so then itll be a drive causing the hang... plug in one drive at a time and run something like Seatools or whatever WD's equivalent is and see what that says.....




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

Battlenet : XPD#11535    Origin/Steam/Epic/Uplay : xpdnz

 

 


 
 
 
 




56 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 307127 14-Mar-2010 17:48
Send private message

Thanks for your replies.

I've got Ubuntu 9.10 on the 500Gb HDD and XP on the 160GB HDD.

I think overheating could easily be the problem, as it usually happens at night and my room at night is VERY hot. My CPU usually runs at least 10C hotter than usual at night. I haven't checked the HDD temperature but I can tonight. Would it be the HDD overheating? Or something else?

I'm not sure how accurate any testing will be because this only happens about once in every three boots, and not consistantly.

I've checked both HDDs with the Ubuntu Disk Utility and that said they were fine.

Next time I reboot and it happens I'll take out RAM, HDDs and see what happens.

Thanks,
Arachan.

965 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 90


  Reply # 307179 14-Mar-2010 19:49
Send private message

does it stall when booting both XP and Ubuntu?

I had a problem with booting Opensuse when it detected my external USB drive and used to hang for an awfully long time.Turned out it was scanning the entire hard drive every time I booted because it was formated as fat32.

Reformatting the disk to ext4 fixed the problem right away.

Of course this is not that easy for you if you want to maintain the XP partition / disk.

27 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 2


  Reply # 307191 14-Mar-2010 20:24
Send private message

a good question that about hanging while booting ubuntu

running temps for drives should be 38-42 deg

are the drive's sata or ata or ide type connection your bios may need resetting



56 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 307209 14-Mar-2010 21:40
Send private message

Hello,

At the point where it freezes I haven't got to GRUB yet so I haven't chosen an OS. I don't have any fat32 partitions, I only have ext3, ext4 and NTFS.

It happened again when I last tried to boot and I took out one HDD, it went fine. Turned off, put the HDD back, it booted fine again. I put both back in and it was fine too. This seems to me that maybe one or both drives are overheating and if I wait a minute it boots fine again.

Both HDD are currently running at 43C which I think is about average. This is above Lee's average but not by much. Both drives are SATA by the way.

If the drives are overheating, how can I prevent this? They're just on the drive shelf in my case, and the case always has one side open.

Thanks,
Arachan.

xpd

The Overrated Raccoons
8517 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1175

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 307251 15-Mar-2010 07:41
Send private message

Depending on your case, just slap a fan of any size next to them to blow air over them. Or you can buy HDD cooler units........




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

Battlenet : XPD#11535    Origin/Steam/Epic/Uplay : xpdnz

 

 


Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Intel reimagines data centre storage with new 3D NAND SSDs
Posted 16-Feb-2018 15:21


Ground-breaking business programme begins in Hamilton
Posted 16-Feb-2018 10:18


Government to continue search for first Chief Technology Officer
Posted 12-Feb-2018 20:30


Time to take Appleā€™s iPad Pro seriously
Posted 12-Feb-2018 16:54


New Fujifilm X-A5 brings selfie features to mirrorless camera
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:12


D-Link ANZ expands connected smart home with new HD Wi-Fi cameras
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:01


Dragon Professional for Mac V6: Near perfect dictation
Posted 9-Feb-2018 08:26


OPPO announces R11s with claims to be the picture perfect smartphone
Posted 2-Feb-2018 13:28


Vocus Communications wins a place on the TaaS panel
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:16


SwipedOn raises $1 million capital
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:15


Slingshot offers unlimited gigabit fibre for under a ton
Posted 25-Jan-2018 13:51


Spark doubles down on wireless broadband
Posted 24-Jan-2018 15:44


New Zealand's IT industry in 2018 and beyond
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:50


Introducing your new workplace headache: Gen Z
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:45


Jucy set to introduce electric campervan fleet
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:41



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.