June 19, 2015, Friday
Hard shutdown. Overclocking error. Messed up display. Restarts by itself. Bluescreens. Then, PC fan turns on but no beep and no post. No joy.
It was on. I just turned the monitor off and forgot about it. I pressed the power button (quick press) thinking I was turning it on which actually shut it down. I realized my mistake.
The power light on the tower was still on so I had to do a hard shutdown/shut-off (hold down the power button) so I can start again. On bootup, It showed the "boot failure because of overclocking" screen. I continued as normal.
Related: The only other time I had this "overclocking" screen was last month. I remember that the machine took longer than normal to boot. I did a hard shutdown, powered on, saw the overclocking screen which I took a picture of (see image above), continued as normal and was able to work without a glitch.
Back to the long story...
PART 1: While working, the display went crazy and then, the PC froze > hard shutdown, powered on > "...boot failures because of overclocking" screen > pressed any key to continue and then chose Shut Down from the login screen.
PART 2: After a few minutes, powered on > 3 long beeps > power light is on but no post. Hard shut-off.
PART 3: 10 minutes later, turned on, posted OK and normal login then > immediately restarted by itself > chose Safe Mode, logged in > quickly restarted by itself > chose Safe Mode > logged in, it ran OK long enough to show "recovered from unexpected shutdown" box then > blue screen (with dump), then > quickly restarted by itself > chose Shut Down from login screen. Turned off AVR and unplugged/plugged keyboard usb (wireless, just because it is the only thing new on the desktop pc, been using it for less than a month).
PART 4: 20 minutes later, powered on, posted OK, normal login > 15 minutes in and then > crazy display then, it shut off by itself. The case's power light was still on so, hard shutdown > turned off avr and unplugged/plugged keyboard usb.
PART 5: 3 hours later, posted OK > chose Start Normally, logged in OK, showed "recovered from unexpected shutdown" box (problem details - event name: bluescreen) BUT audio service not running, etc. > restarted from Start Menu to fix > fixed OK > able to use (but Firefox kept crashing) for 20 minutes, then > crazy display then > restarted by itself > chose Start Normally > barely 2 minutes in, bluescreen came on and then it just shut off. Again, power light was still on so, held power button down to turn off. Turned off AVR too.
PART 6: 1 hour later, removed keyboard usb and plugged ps/2 to test. Powered on > fan on, no post. Again had to hold power button down to shut power off. Turned off AVR. Unplugged ps/2 and plugged in keyboard usb. Unplugged AVR from wall. I was done.
June 20, 2015, Saturday
Luckily, help came. Very lucky. I was relieved when he got one of my many messages (texts, emails - I did not know which accounts he still uses).
They were out and on their way home. Around 11:30 p.m., they stopped by.
Troubleshooting: The mobo is OK. The processor is OK. The memory cards... Well, it took a while and some eraser-work but they were OK. Hmm... nothing showing up on the screen -- might be the display thing (on mobo) but after some tinkering, the display fired up -- it is OK.
The system was repairing... it was taking tooooooo long.
Diagnosis: System files are shot.
It took a little over 2 hours. They had a long day and were tired but they were so nice to me. I was sorry all I had was a handful of garlic corn bits to offer when they became hungry. I took over installing the last few drivers so they can already head home. Business done. Did I say I was lucky they were able to come to the rescue? I was.
A few notes: Watch out for "tripping" (clicking sound, power off, no fan) which has to do with the PSU (power supply). Consider an SSD (solid-state drive) for better speed/performance.