PC Freezing and Slow Before Boot

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by GreatestOne, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. GreatestOne

    GreatestOne Limp Gawd

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    Hey guys.... working on a clients PC, and a bit weird here, havent had many issues over the years like this.

    • You start the PC
    • It freezes forever on the startup screen while it says press Delete or F2 for setup
    • When you press either, no response but takes about 10+ minutes to get to to the BIOS screen, where I dont see anything usual
    With this, can I even do a memtest or any other test, seems more like a MB or memory failure?

    Any suggestions will be great help, thanks!
     
  2. pendragon1

    pendragon1 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    test/replace the cmos battery then if that doesn't help disconnect everything except the gpu, hdd and one stick of ram.
     
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  3. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    I'm also going with the CMOS battery.
     
  4. TheFlayedMan

    TheFlayedMan Limp Gawd

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    I had a similar issue with a machine at work once. It turned out that reseating the ram fixed it.
     
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    CAD4466HK [H]ard|Gawd

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    I've seen HDD's that are going bad stall the BIOS out, and still not spit out a SMART warning, bad SATA cables too.
     
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    auntjemima [H]ardness Supreme

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    Had a bad hard drive do this more than once on used laptops.
     
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  7. NoOther

    NoOther [H]ardness Supreme

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    First, just for kicks, check in the bios settings and see if it is set to run a full memchck and diagnostic every boot. I have seen people leave this on before by mistake. But more than likely it would seem there is a connection problem or issue with one of the core components in the motherboard. I would start with changing the CMOS battery though, as that is an easy fix. If that doesn't work, remove the various components, clean out the sockets carefully with compressed air, then re-seat them. If that doesn't work, use a boot up disk with diagnostic tools to check the RAM and drives.
     
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  8. GreatestOne

    GreatestOne Limp Gawd

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    Thanks for the help guys....
    Weird, when I turned it on to test, guess what, it booted right to Windows LMAO.
    Anyways, I reset CMOS and reseated all the hardware, cleaned the dust that was all over it (they have dogs and they never clean the inside of the PC and leaves it on 24/7), no errors on HD or RAM, so.... ya.
    Now we wait and see.
    Meanwhile he will start turning it off at night, and see if we can get it cleaned more often... until the next failure.
     
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