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When i switch it on the very first screen that says HP and ...
20th November 2008, 10:41 AM #1
ARG home computer problem!
Got a problem with the home PC.
When i switch it on the very first screen that says HP and pentium blah blah goes all funny with lines across it then when it gets to the safe mode/last settings that worked screen there's half the characters missing then it gets to the windows loading bar and it restarts. if you leave it to keep rebooting it gets better every time i.e. more letters coming back and then on about the 6th time it restarrts when all the letters have come back it'll start.
never seen this before
20th November 2008, 10:49 AM #2
hmmm hd or motherboard issue?
bios update on the motherboard, maybe clone the HDD to another and throw that in, see if its any better?
Thanks to Domino from:
Pyroman (20th November 2008)
20th November 2008, 10:52 AM #3
I would run a memory test on it as this is a common problem that can cause video corruption and instablity.
Memtest86+ or the build in vista boot menu memory test should do it.
Thanks to SYNACK from:
Pyroman (20th November 2008)
20th November 2008, 10:53 AM #4
I'm having shedl loads of BSOD's at home. Reading up on mine has forced me to go through these logical steps first mate.
Unplug everything and then reseat all the RAM, PCI Cards and Video Cards. If you can get the CPU out then reseat that as well. Re-Boot and try again.
If you can get into the BIOS then try resetting that to Default / Factory Settings or Failsafe. Re-boot and see.
Have you put any new hardware in, especially the Graphics Card. Make sure the PSU you have installed is up to the job.
Another thing to try is to pull the power out of the PC, remove the CMOS battery and reset the BIOS via the reset jumper (if you have one) on the mobo.
Could you post system specs at all?
20th November 2008, 10:59 AM #5
Cheers guys, erm it's a HP pavillion something or other P4 3.06Ghz 2GB RAM 160GB SATA HDD XP Home i believe, it's my g/f's PC. It's just started happening randomly, not removed/added any hardware recently that could cause it. I'll try the memtest when i get in tonight.
Any other suggestions?
21st November 2008, 12:37 PM #6
I guess the other thing to try would be another graphics card. I have had ones cook their on board memory and fill the screen with pretty colors before bringing down the PC. With onboard memory it can either be the shared or system memory that is baked and causing such issues.
21st November 2008, 12:48 PM #7
MY old gaming rig did that. The cooler on the Graphics Card GPU had a poor heat transfer on it. By the time I attempted to fix the card it was to late. That was an AGP card so I justified to myself a new board, cpu, gpu and ram.
21st November 2008, 12:52 PM #8
Check all of the capacitors on the motherboard and gfx card and look for any bulging dome topped ones any of those and it's knackered.
21st November 2008, 01:29 PM #9
kewl, cheers i'll take a look tonight at it. It's onboard graphics btw
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