Posted 25 October 2010 - 09:41 AM
I have a home built PC, a Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5 motherboard, AMD Phenom 2 X4 965, 2 x 2Gb DDR3 modules, 2 x Seagate SATA Hard drives. This has been running without any issues for about 9 months, I use it for the odd business letter, surfing the web and playing the odd game, nothing too frantic (Total War is the current thing wasting my time). The other night, whilst I was idly surfing, it simply decided to stop, and reboot itself. Or not, as the case may be.
It got as far as the “Loading operating system” message.....and then nothing, it just sat there. Now, I was about to go to bed anyway when this happened, so I shrugged my shoulders and switched the machine off at the wall.
Since then, I'm stuck with that same message “Loading operating system”, a flashing cursor underneath it, but nothing else.
I have a WINXP disc, so changed the boot order in the BIOS settings, putting the CD drive first and have tried to repair the Windows installation. It gets to a point where it says Windows will reboot in... seconds, but when it comes up again to the “Loading operating system” message, I get the “Boot from CD/DVD” message, “Press any key to boot from CD”, but pressing any key has no effect.
If I press the reset button on the case (CTRL, ALT, DEL has no effect) it will restart, but we get the WinXP setup telling me that the previous “update” (rather than “repair”) hasn't been completed, that Windows will try to repair it again, and we go round in a big loop until it hangs again at the "Loading operating system" message.
Knowing my limitations have really been reached, I have left it at that for now, don't want to totally wreck it!
Any help resurrecting this machine would be gratefully received.