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Old 08-28-05, 07:02 PM
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Warm boot issues

My damn PC is giving me a hell of a time whenever I try to restart it. If I power up from a cold state (>20 min off) everything is perfect. There is no instability while running whatsoever. But if I do a warm restart, it won't post - it just hangs. If I keep toggling the power, sometimes it will start. Other times, I just walk away and come back in 30 min.

I replaced the power supply - no change. What's next? This box runs damn well for it's age - I made it through HL2, Doom3, and GTA:SA even though it's only an Athlon XP 1700 w/ a Gf3Ti500. I don't want to abandon the parts.

The problem is that the availability of VIA KT266A motherboards is slim and I don't want to invest in a decent video card if it won't help (and be stuck with a dead-end AGP) but also don't want to buy a POS either. In the long run, I want to move this machine into a new, smaller case for HT use and file storage and build a new rig in my current tower.
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Old 08-28-05, 07:31 PM
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try running it with the case open and a house hold fan blowing on it. that will help determine if it might be heat related
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Old 08-28-05, 07:44 PM
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did that - not a heat issue.
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Old 08-28-05, 10:33 PM
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Have you tested your memory? I'd recommend using memtest86+ to test memory. Here's a guide on how to use memtest86+.

http://www.short-media.com/review.php?r=276

Here's the site where you can download it. It's free and it's a small file.

http://www.memtest.org/#downiso

I'd let the test run for at least a couple of hours. Let it run while your away doing something. If you get any errors, then your memory may be faulty. Properly functioning memory shouldn't give you any areas, unless there is a problem else where in your PC.

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