Why does my system lock-up during boot-up?

Question

Last week I started my box up in the morning and it booted up just fine. The desktop started up and then it locked up. The night before I installed the windoes updates, I thought that that is what caused the problem. I ended up using GHOST to to restore my hard drive. When I got it up and running a disabled the automatic updates. The computer ran fine for that day. The next morning it happened again. I don't know what to do now, that is why I am writing to you guys.

HELP

Gary McDaniel

Answer

This question was answered on October 30, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

There can be two causes for lock-up: software and overheating Try running Disk Defragmenter and Disk Cleanup, both can be found under Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools Also run Error-Checker which can found my opening My Computer right clicking on your hard drive, and selecting Properties/Tools If you can, disable programs from starting-up automatically (like anti-virus programs).

Another problem may you system gets over-heated Open up your computer, turn it on, and check all the fans on your processor, expansion cards, and chassis If a fan is not spinning, then replace ASAP.

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Posted by Nathan of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on October 30, 2005