I built my own computer/PVR last fall: Windows XP, Gigabyte motherboard, Fusion card for OTA HD, Hauppage for cable analog, ASUS with Nvidia graphics, Soundblaster Xtreme sound card, BeyondTV from snapstream.
When the system is booted from a cold start, it frequently hangs up during the boot process (the little blue squares stop dancing across). I must restart, boot in safe mode (always does that fine), turn off and cold restart. If I don’t boot in safe mode, it keeps hanging up. Sometimes I need to do that 3 or 4 times. Once it boots OK, I can turn on/off repeatedly with no problem, unless I leave it off for a few hours.
I know the easiest fix is: a) never turn off, or, b) always turn off in standby mode, but I am somewhat anal about stuff like this. I boot with the absolute minimum applications (no BTV, firefly remote, etc.), so I am convinced the drivers are in some kind of conflict. I did print ntbtlog.txt, so I have a list of all drivers as they load.
Does anyone have any thoughts re a process, test, diagnostics, literature, reference, etc. that could help work the problem? My Windows XP book doesn’t go there. TIA, Bill Roberts.