Hello all, so last night when I got home I noticed that there were some Windows Updates ready. I was planning on watching a movie streamed from my PC to my XBOX 360, but the last time I did that, my movie was interrupted because my computer thought that right now
was a perfect time to perform the updates. So this time, I figured I'd do the update right then, and watch the movie afterward.
So the windows update screen came on saying installing updates, stup 3 of 3 and so on and so forth. All was going as usual until the computer powered off. Normally, it would boot back up just as it would if you had done a restart. This time however, the computer stayed off. I let it sit for 5 minutes or so before powering it back on. Once I did, I got the normal BIOS screen for my motherboard and then it just hangs. From this screen I can normally hit <F12> to enter the Boot Menu, <DEL> to enter BIOS setup, <END> to enter something called Q-setup or the <TAB> key which says POST next to it. The only key that does anything is TAB. Once I hit that, I go to the Energy Star screen where it tests my memory. I still have the same options as above, however DEl and END when pushed with display a message that says either "Prepare to enter setup" and "Prepare to enter Q-thing (I forget exactly what it's called)" and then just hangs there.
Couple more bits of info; the mobo boot screen has hung on me before and used to do it every time I would reboot. I found that problem to be present whenever an iPod was connected to a USB port. Even then, it would eventually boot after about 20 minutes. I let it sit on that screen last night for over an hour to no avail. I also let it sit on the "Prepare to enter setup" after hitting DEL for about 3 hours with no results. In trying to troubleshoot where the problem is, I plugged my old C:\ drive from a completely different box with Windows XP still instaleld into my IDE cable and was able to boot into Wndows XP, oddly enough. I also tried removing all my harddrives and the boot menu came up and then after a normal period of about 5 seconds it tried to boot from the CD/DVD rom and errored out asking me to input a system drive and then push enter. I put my Vista DVD in and hit enter and I got the same message. Both my Vista harddrive and my CD/DVD rom are SATA, so I'm wondering if somehow the windows update killed the SATA ports on my mobo?
I dunno, I'm at a loss. Which is why I'm posting here I guess. Here are my specs:
-GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L MOBO
-Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
-CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
-Windows Vista Ultimate 64
Any help would be appreciated. Also, this is my 2nd Gigabyte mobo and it's my last. I had a failure on my last one, but they were still a fairly new company and this one just got such good reviews I thought they had fixed their issues.