Posted 24 October 2011 - 01:43 PM
Hello all... I've run into something I just can't seem to solve. I have a self-built system that has run for years without issue. Recently it began failing to boot. I've managed to isolate the issue a little and need some ideas on what to do next.
The system posts up with a memory test and recognizes the hard drive and any DVD players attached. Up till now, I've had four of these running. Two SATA and two IDE. Now, when I start the machine, it appears to POST okay, I get a single short 'beep', and then it fails to boot. The system just freezes with a blank screen. I found after several steps that disconnecting all of the DVD writers it posts and loads the Windows XP without a hitch. The system will run fine for some time and then eventually blue screen reset that hits so fast I can't begin to read it.
It doesn't matter which DVD writer I use, whether it's SATA or IDE. I used an alternate power supply, same problem. If the data cable and power are connected to any single DVD it fails to boot. I did a system memory test with mem386 and after multiple passes the 4 Gb of memory passed all tests. I moved on to thinking it had to be a controller on the mainboard so I bought a replacement board and installed it. It hasn't fixed the problem.
Has anyone run into anything like this? I did a forum search but wasn't able to find anything similar. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.