PC freezing at BIOS screen on startup

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PC freezing at BIOS screen on startup

Postby MAC » Mon May 21, 2012 12:36 pm

I rebooted by PC today and it is freezing at the BIOS screen. This is a Dell Vostro 410 I purchased 3 or 4 years ago. Any ideas on what could be causing this or what I can do?

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Postby eGoCeNTRoNiX » Mon May 21, 2012 2:22 pm

Try pulling the CMOS battery for 10-15 minutes then put it back and see what happens.. Also, check your memory sticks one at a time. Hope this helps..
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Postby MAC » Mon May 21, 2012 2:48 pm

I pulled out both memory sticks and cleaned the contacts with an eraser and put them back in. PC booted up. I'll reboot it in a little while to see if it hangs up again.

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Postby eGoCeNTRoNiX » Mon May 21, 2012 3:22 pm

No problem, glad you're up and running again. :)
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Postby FlyingPenguin » Mon May 21, 2012 3:54 pm

I've seen a lot of issues with memory not being properly seated or having grunge on the contacts lately. Me thinks RAM manufacturers are cutting corners on the gold plating for the contacts.
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Postby MAC » Mon May 21, 2012 6:13 pm

Restarted the PC and it rebooted just fine.

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Postby normalicy » Mon May 21, 2012 6:58 pm

Yup, memory was my first guess.

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Postby Executioner » Tue May 22, 2012 12:55 pm

You can test your memory stick one at a time with MemTest86 a free utility.

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Postby MAC » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:32 pm

Well my PC was shutdown and I could not get it to restart. Ran Memtest86, but I couldn't tell if the RAM was bad or not. I bought two new sticks of RAM (2 GB) for $30.00 and installed them. At first the PC would not restart, but after allowing Windows to repair itself, it started and is running fine.

I think its time to build a new PC anyway!


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