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Problem with booting.

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Hi there, I recently built a computer with help from a friend and it sometimes has problems with booting correctly. It's not an urgent issue, but it would be nice to have the problem sorted out.

Basically, when I turn the computer on the fans will go for a couple of seconds, stop for a couple of seconds, then start again and boot up. No problem there. However, occasionally it'll do this process without booting up. It'll just keep going on, then off, fans on, fans off etc. So I have to turn it off at the plug and wait a short amount of time. When this happens, in most instances it'll load up next time when I turn it all back on, but 1 time out of 10 it won't and it'll take a good 30 minutes before I can get the thing to work. Has anyone got any solutions for me?

I started to overclock the processor then stopped and reset the voltage as I was worried this was the cause, but alas it hasn't, as it was doing it before hand too..

And two tiny little 'issues' that I wouldn't really describe as a problem, but a clean up of these would be cool.
a) When I load the computer it says "Hard drive not detected" when booting, yet once you're in Windows it's obviously detected. Any thoughts on this?
b) Before the Windows Logo comes up a white loading bar appears, this never used to happen. Any idea as to why it came up, and how can I turn it off?

My Computer specs and equipment are: (Copypasta time).

Intel E2160 Socket 775 Pentium Dual Core 2x1.8Ghz 800FSB Retail Boxed Processor

MSI P35 Neo-F Socket 775 FSB1333 onboard 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard

Netgear WG311T 108mbps Wireless PCI Card

OCZ 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 CL 4-4-4-15 PLATINUM XTC with LIFETIME WARRANTY

Coolermaster Centurion 5 All Black Case + 550W eXtreme Power Plus PSU

Antec Pro 80mm 3pin Double Ball Bearing Case Fan

Optiarc AD-7200S 20X DVD±RW/DL/RAM Internal SATA Bare Black Drive - OEM

Sony 3.5" Floppy Drive Black - OEM

Logitech MX400 Performance Laser Mouse Silver

Saitek Eclipse Keyboard - USB

Logitech X-210 - 2.1 25W RMS Speakers

Belkin Anti-Static Wrist Band

Antec Tricool 92mm Case Fan - 3/4pin connector

Samsung SM2032BW 20"TFT Monitor Widescreen 1680x1050 3000:1 300cd/m2 2ms VGA/DVI-D Glossy Black 3 Years Warrany

Thermalright Ultra-90 775 (775)

Maxtor DiamondMax +22 7200RPM SATA II/300 500GB 32MB Cache - OEM **Special Offer**

TekValue nVidia GeForce 9600GT 512MB GDDR3 Dual DVI/HDTV (PCI-E) - Retail **Special Offer**
Most of the equipment were purchased from, apart from the last...3 items, they were from

Thanks in advance, and I look forward to your responses.
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Imho, I think your lacking on the power supply. If you look at the
specs the effieciency is only %70 you have two 12volt rails @16amps,
I think you are cutting it way to close. You should also double check
your brass standoffs, make sure one isnt grounding out the board.
This is just my opinion,,good luck,
So it's the PSU? Hmm, OK. Can you recommend a Wattage? And any products in particular. Are Gold one's better?
Could my PSU cause overclocking to fail on a regular basis if the Wattage is too low??
For the money I like this one,
One single 12volt rail @60 amps, plenty of power. From what I hear
good quality as well. Im sure others will chime in on it, and hope they
do as more input is a good thing. I like antec psu's, that is what I
mainly use. Your not going to get a quality psu for cheap, you have to
pay more, and for good reason. has a power
calculator on there site, you may want to check that out to. We have
the same thing in this forum in the hardware section, if memory serves.
As far as overclocking, yes power can play a role in success or failure,
but other things play into it as well, such as ram,cpu,heat, a few
Sorry to bump such an old topic but just asking for some more advice.

I was troubleshooting by taking parts out, powering up and seeing if the computer posted. I tried with 1 stick of RAM, no DVD, no hard drive and I was still getting the same problem.
However when I took the GFX card out it posted, although I was met with an angry bleep or two because there was no GFX card installed.

Any thoughts on this matter?
Could the card be faulty?
Rather than make a new topic, I thought I could bump this.
I'm still having the same problem however I have upgraded a few components:

I'm now running an 850W PSU
and have 4GB of RAM.

Any thoughts?
Hmm...this does sound like a PSU issue but I think you have beaten that to death...

Is the monitor powered of the back of the PC or from the wall. If at the back of the PC take it to a seperate power source just to eliminate it.

Also if the problem occures you said it takes 30 mins to clear. Remove all power cords including monitor and printer etc and then replace only the PC see if that clears it straight away. These PSU's have a safty which will clear but you need to remove all earth connections.

Try a different power point and power cord just in case you have a bad contact in the power cable or wall socket.

Did you assemble it or did it come from supplier assembled?
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