Hi guys. I’m having a problem with my PC that i’m having trouble diagnosing.
If the PC is off for a relatively long amount of time (say 5-6 hours) and i turn it on, it usually hangs at some point during the boot-up process or after windows loads. It has hung on pretty much any screen during the boot-up process (the 1st screen where it shows the video card info, the mem testing screen, drives loading screen, windows booting screen, windows desktop etc.)
I wanted to rule out some components, so i’ve unplugged the hard drives, optical drives, video and sound cards etc. It still hangs.
Thing is it even hangs if i go into the bios and let it stay on that screen.
i’m pretty sure it’s either the motherboard or the PSU. I’ve ruled out the RAM by using an older 512 MB stick i had lying around and the problem persists.
I’ve been going through this process everyday . Eventually, it gets stable and i can use it. I’m using it now and i am completely sure it won’t hang now for the next 10 hrs.
I’ll turn it off at night and have to go through multiple boots and hangs again the next day.
I suspect the PSU but thought i’d get a second opinion before i went out and got a new one. Do you think it could be the motherboard itself?
Specs are below:
Windows XP Professional SP3
Pentium 4 CPU 2.66GHz
1 GB RAM DDR
2x Seagate HDD (160GB IDE)
BENQ DVD writer
Creative Soundblaster 5.1 (PCI)
NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT (AGP 8X)
PSU is generic. 600W