recurring boot failure

  Phrixos 11:44 25 Oct 07

I have just freshly reconstructed my WinXP (SP2, 32-bit) system. It is fully up to date and "singing" sweetly--except for one irritating little problem, which I have never experienced before.

At first boot-up, each morning for the last four days, the boot-up has failed after the first screen and the system shuts itself down. A reboot into Safe Mode and a restart always solves the immediate problem--but still the boot-up fails the following morning. No changes were made to hardware or bios since the previous installation.



  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:56 25 Oct 07

HDD not always detected in BIOS
As drives get older, they can take longer to get up to speed and become ready (available). This can then exceed the time it takes for the booting to look for the drive - so it doesn't find it.
The solution is often to make the initial part of the boot take longer, by disabling "Quick power on self test and/or making the system look for the floppy drive first by enabling "floppy seek".
Some BIOS even have a facility to put in a delay before the hard disk is checked.

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