I know there was a similar problem to this one posted just the other day, but this does seem stranger.
When I put my system together (it's a P4 3.2ghz, Video card is a Nvidia 7600GT, memory is 1gb PC3200 DDR, 260gb SATA HDD). It booted fine to the boot options screen asking me to go into safe mode etc. Probably because it was not a fresh XP installation for the new machine. Anyway I went into the BIOS and the only option I changed was to select the fail-safe settings. Now when I goto boot the machine it hangs just after the memory test and I cannot access the BIOS, my hardware seems to be fine as I have a display, it shows my CPU as correct and the memory as ok, I have tried resetting the CMOS with and without the battery in and changed the jumper even for over three hours but to no avail, I have tried MSI Tech support they were no help. So
I was wondering if anyone can shed any light on this for me
Thanks very much
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Re: PC Hangs at POST
Unplug the harddrive data cable,take out any cards that are plugged in, (ie., sound card, tv card, modem, etc..) and turn on the pc and see if you can get into the BIOS. If you can, go through your BIOS settings one by one and save settings. Plug the HDD back in and turn on the PC. Don,t insert the cards just yet.
If it boots to windows your on your way.
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Fisrt of all remove the 2 external hard drives from the computer, boot the computer up and see if it still hangs on the post information screen. If it doesn't then the BIOS has a problem detecting the externals thus why its hanging on the BIOS. If it still hangs try
to completely reset the BIOS either by putting the plastic jumper in
the "on" possition and turning the computer on. The jumper is located to
the left hand side of the "Front Header" (power switch, reset etc) or
remove the power cord from the rear of the computer and then take out
the motherboard battery and leave it out for 20 minutes.
should clear the CMOS and reset the BIOS and stop it hanging on the
post screen. Remember that once you have done this you will need to set
the date and time.
Update from my immediate post today: I've looked at other post that is suggesting memory or battery problem. To my surprise, after removing one memory from bank2 of DIMM, the PC came back to life! Whenever the second bank has either memory stick in it, it will stuck. So I ends up with half the memory, but get my system back. Not sure how long this will last though.
I Had similar history as the initial post: runs OK, and started random shut down 2 days before final stall. I am putting back my HDD and system, should be working, for now at least.
Can you pls give some more info:
System 32 error after POST before Windows or
System 32 error, after windows partially booted?
Offhand, if the error is after POST before Windows boot, it is a hardware problem based on motherboard built-in diagnostic program: you may have to check/repalce reseat/connect memory, video card, hard drive;
If it is after Windows partially boots, then chances are it is a driver problem; try running in safe mode and check at which points it stops or hangs.
Hope this give you some idea. Pls post/comment back if you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.