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I have a 3 yo dual boot Gateway athlon 1100 w/2 hdd's, each running win2k,
768 meg of ram. Recently, the pc has begun hanging when booting 1st thing
in the morning, regardless of the hdd selected. Usually gets about half way
through the "starting windows" line of blue dots at bottom of the full
screen win2k splash screen, though occasionally it will lock when the next
screen appears (small win2k logo in the middle of an otherwise blank
screen). I have to pull the plug & reboot, so far it has started each time
on this reboot. I have run scandisk on each drive, & have tried replacing
the hdd cable, & have tried disabling the "quickboot" option in BIOS to
allow the hdd's more time to spin up, nogo. System originally had ME, runs
FAT file system, boots from the original hdd, c. Generally I operate from
the newer/large d drive, but again the trouble exists regardless of drive
selected. No changes prior to this beginning.

TIA

Dan
 

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OK, I got to the bottom of this. PC was plagued by those leaking electrolytic capacitors which where all the rage awhile back. I replaced 3 obviously bulging & leaking 1500uf 10v caps on the mobo & the trouble appears to be gone. Also bought caps to replace all the electrolytics of the same brand as the leakers & will probably replace all of them eventually (although knowing me this won't be until they start leaking as well or other problems surface)

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