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Computer Stalling On Boot.

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#1 InfoJunkie


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Posted 02 February 2008 - 05:16 PM

Windows XP Home SP2
AMD Athlon 64 3200+
2.21 GHz
2GB Ram
AVG 7.5 AV
Zone Alarm (free)
Ad-Aware 2007
Spyware Blaster

I re-booted my computer this morning for the first time in about 3 days and as it got the first part of booting (Compaq appearing on the screen) it froze. I restarted 3 more times with the same result. During the re-boots I couldn't get into Safe mode, or actually, use any key. After the 3rd time I shut down all power to the unit at the surge protector, restarted one more time and everything was fine, and has been all day since.

AVG had run at 6:00 this morning with all clear but I ran it again and also ran SuperAntiSpyware and Ad-Aware just in case. I then did an extended test of the HD with Western Digitals utility and got an OK.

My question is, is this a harbinger of things to come that I haven't thought of yet, or just another case of occasionally the computer letting me know that I'm really not in charge?

One more thing. The reason I decided to re-boot this morning was I had noticed that my monitor didn't turn off after 30 minutes like it normally does although the power settings were still applied.

Any and all help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 05:24 PM

Sounds like something has taken over your system (it it named "Hal" by any chance? :thumbsup:

Actually, it could be anything that you've installed recently- although most frequently the reason for the monitor not turning off would be a corruption of the video drivers.

But of more concern is the boot process - how far into booting did it get? Did Windows start to load, or did it freeze before Windows started to load? Do you have an XP installation CD so that you can attempt repairs via the Recovery Console (or do a repair install if needed)?
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 05:59 PM

Thanks for the return, usasma. I think maybe you're right...it's HAL.

I can do a repair install if necessary, but for the time being I'm keeping a watchful eye on it. Since before noon everything has gone okay. Boots are working, monitor is shutting off at the prescribed time. It's just that I believe where there's smoke you will generally find fire. Maybe it's too many years of getting kicked below the belt by a computer when you think everything is fine. :thumbsup:

And, BTW, I haven't installed anything new for awhile.

Edited by InfoJunkie, 02 February 2008 - 06:02 PM.

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