I've been having a couple of problems lately referring to startup and shutdown procedures.
First of all, my specs:
Intel P4 2.6Ghz CPU
ASUS P4P800-Deluxe Mobo
2x256, 2x512mb Geil DDR PC3200 RAM
80Gb Western Digital 7200rpm HDD
GeXCube 128m Radeon 9600xt extreme AGP
17" Samsung 753DXF Flat Screen CRT Monitor
I've been having startup issues in the form of black screens occurring during various stages from BIOS to the Windows Desktop. At random times, the computer will show the HDD access light, but the monitor will go in to the same state as when the PC is turned off.
This is a recent problem that seems to have happened for no reason. I have made no recent modifications to the system nor have I tampered with any BIOS settings. The problem usually occurs after "cold" starts (no computer usage for long periods of time, mornings or after I get home).
I resolve the problem by turning off the PC at the power point and starting up again, usually multiple times.
When shutting down my computer, usually after quite a few hours of usage, upon clicking the Shutdown selection from the Start Menu, the standard error message "An error has occurred...do you want to send this information to Microsoft..." appears. I dismiss the message and can then proceed to properly shut down the computer.
It's a small problem with no bad effects, but I simply would like to find the cause.
Looking forward to your replies.