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Failed to boot on the Windows and Stuck up at BIOS Screen or Motherboard Logo
By: Revengsky Joseph D. Reyes (a.k.a – rjdreyes – jcyberinux.com)

In this article I will discuss some reasons (well, I cannot enumerate them all for now), why some Motherboards or Computers failed to continue to boot up on Windows and stuck at the BIOS Screen.

1. Software related like the system file(s) of Windows is corrupted. This can be corrected by using a Windows Installation Disc, then go to Administration or System recovery which can help your Windows to boot up immediately. Some files corrupted due to mishandle by the end users, not proper shutdown, system files deleted by accident, much possible bad sector on the hard disk drive, and also due to conflicted software installation recently installed and uninstalled.

2. Antivirus/Firewall, Software Install/Uninstall, Hardware Drivers (Well if your computer continues to boot up on the Windows but unfortunate error happen, like BLUE SCREEN then a sudden restart of your computer). This happens for example an Antivirus, It may be applicable to Windows XP or to the current system, but if you try to install it to other system or another operating system like Windows 7 or Windows Server 2003/2008 maybe you should check first the compatibility of the Antivirus/Firewall.

Some Antivirus have built in Firewall which is on Windows Server 2003/2008 doesn’t mix up well, so the tendency, after the installation of Antivirus/Firewall the system crash and doesn’t boot up to Windows, I experience it a couple of times with my colleagues. They forgot about the compatibility issues. (And sometimes I do :D)

First things first, check compatibility of the Hardware/Software in your current computer system. Don’t just install a Hardware or Software without consultation of the Hardware/Software Manual.


3. Hardware related issues, like keyboards (faulty or grounded, just make sure you got extra keyboards), mouse (as I mention faulty or grounded), Mixing up the keyboard and mouse on the PS/2 slot (check the PS/2 slot you might interchange it),

Check for Video Card/Computer Memory for faulty one, maybe one of your video card/memory is not working properly, you need to change it.

Check for Hard disk drives, if its not working properly, do change it. (Observation maybe done, like if you hear clicking sounds and not detected by BIOS, then you really need to change it)

USB compatibility (USB 3.0 I think doesn’t have the ability to boot up USB flash drives, if you have an OS installer on the USB and you plug it to USB 3.0, in this case some computer/laptop/netbook system unable to boot up or stuck at BIOS Screen).

Check faulty wires and check also if your case is not grounded (In this case, I do the old trick by putting a ground wire on the casing and a put it on the ungrounded material, faulty wires check your SATA cables, IDE cables, Power cables, loose wires…).

Faulty Motherboard, check the capacitor if is not bloated and also the ICs and resistors it might possible there are burnt or fried up. CMOS checksum error, defaults loaded, check the CMOS battery if the message indicating that your CMOS is reset due that the battery is already deteriorated (Change it immediately to avoid this message). Most CMOS batteries are standard CR2032 “button” cells, and they are not expensive.

4. Motherboard and BIOS Configuration, Well talking about Motherboards, every motherboard manufacturer has its own setup and they differ on BIOS (BIOS Manufacturer like AMI BIOS, Phoenix, ALI, Award, etc..)

SATA Configuration (Enhanced and Compatible Mode), check the sequence of the SATA drive installation,(SATA 1, SATA 2, SATA 3, SATA 4, etc…) Some motherboards do intend to have a primary or master, so if you installed the Operating System to SATA 1, then it should be on the MASTER and also on IDE, check the sequence on the cable.

Some cables have Blue/Green slot (this is the connector you should put on the motherboard) then the Gray and Black one (and sometimes 2 slots are the same color) for the IDE Connectors to Hard disk drive and/or CD/DVD ROMS.

Proper sequence is also the key for fast and successful boot up.

IDE Primary —-> 2 IDE Connectors (for Master and Slave)
IDE Secondary —–> 2 IDE Connectors (for Master and Slave)
Failed to Boot on the Windows Stuck at BIOS Screen

Also check the Hard disk drive and/or CD/DVD ROMS jumper settings. Improper jumper settings can cause the computer not to boot up and stuck at BIOS.

For Jumper settings, there is an instructions on the cover of the Hard disk drives and used the PIN to put the proper location for Master and Slave.

5. At USB Configuration, well if you got old Motherboards like Pentium 3 Compatible Boards, in some cases, maybe having problems on USB 2.0 powered slots or in some cases compatibility issues arise. Old Motherboards doesn’t have USB Boot up Enable at Startup, and also cannot detect hard disk drives which are larger capacity (500 GB – 1 TB).

One of my experience was, I had P4 Motherboard Compatible, Although the USB Controller can detect USB Bootable drives at startup. Unfortunately, when I start the computer it freeze up at BIOS Screen Logo. I realized that the Motherboard/BIOS of the current motherboard, cannot detect my 1 TB Portable Hard disk drive slotted on the USB.

So removing it, and restart the computer resolves the issue. Then when I got on the Windows, I connect again the 1 TB Portable Hard disk drive to the USB, and it was successfully detected and working.

Check USB Sequence, some motherboards would love to put your USB mouse/keyboards on the right USB Controller slots, so kindly check them. 😀

Hmm… I talk to much am I? Well, I think so far, this is only I can think of, if I miss something just drop a message Okay? Have a nice day! 😀

I hope this helps you to resolve your concern. 😀
If you know something which is not listed here, kindly share it, by dropping a comment. 😀 Cheers!

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