A friends Gateway ME system is doing something odd. From cold it freezes after bios, then after a hard restart it gets a little further in the boot process, another hard restart and it freezes at the safe/normal/logged screen, another hard reset a little further etc etc, until the 6th time when it finally reaches ME. When up and running no problems, no crashes.
I went round to take a look at it; scandisk found no issues, disk only 10% full with very little defrag, virus and spyware solutions up to date and running in the background, couldn't find the event viewer though the user had admin rights (was event viewer after ME?) checked aqll the nlog files I could find. Noted the mouse driver was wrong and updated as it was the only thing I could find that looked odd, opened the box to check for fluff and the fans, all looked fine. Rebooted it fine and cleanly a few times and decided it must have been the mouse driver and left but wasn't convinced.
Sure enough, a couple days later it was 2 attempts per windows boot a week later it was back up to 6.
Boot Sector Virus?
It is approx 6 years old so am tempted to send him shopping for a new box!