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Computer Restarts On Boot-up

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#1 va_247


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Posted 14 November 2005 - 06:18 PM

I built this computer and listed as many of the specs as I could remember at the end of the message.

First Problem: When turning on the computer, it restarts over and over again for about 10 mins. If you leave it alone for long enough, it will boot Windows and all will run smoothly. I have checked the BIOS and everything seems to be fine. However, when I checked the Device Manager in Windows, the question mark pops up next to Multimedia Audio Controller and PCI Input Device. I updated the driver for my sound card, even uninstalled and reinstalled it.Still, nothing works. I also tried uninstalling it and removing it completely, but it makes no difference. I feel it is important to note that this all started happening after I changed my hard drive. I previously had a Western Digital Ultra ATA 100 hard drive. It was also restarting, but the hard drive was making a loud clicking noise which made me think it was failing. After changing it and reinstalling it, though, the problem persists. It was much worse when I had Kingston RAM installed on my computer, so I changed to Corsair. This seems to have made it much more stable. I just don't want to have to wait 0 to 15 mins for my computer to start up every time I turn it on. Any suggestions?

Second problem: My DVD and CD Burners are acting up. The DVD Burner won't read the DVDs that I used it to burn. The CD Burner sometimes just won;t feel like burning. I don't think the problem lies in that the drives are failing, however, since they are both relatively new. I haven't been able to find any drivers for them either. I don't have the slightest clue what the problem could be with them. The Device Manager says they are in full working order. Any Suggestions?

Any ideas would be very much appreciated.


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Posted 14 November 2005 - 06:43 PM

Are their any beeps during this ordeal?

The first step is to run through all cables inside the case and see if your missing anything or something is slightely unplugged.

How many ide drives do you have?

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 02:28 PM

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 08:19 PM

It was much worse when I had Kingston RAM installed

That's hard to imagine! Do you mean it never booted properly at all?

Are you overclocking? Have you updated the motherboard drivers?

Could this be something to do with power control? Try disabling all ACPI functions, and 'Wake on LAN', 'Wake on modem' type functions in the BIOS.

Are you sure your power supply is OK? Is there another machine you could test it in?


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Posted 16 November 2005 - 03:57 AM

If you are using multiple sticks of ram try one at a time or one pair at a time if they need to be installed in pairs. Are you using several different flavors of ram together?
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