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So, I've got this frustrating problem where my PC refuses to boot properly most of the time. Power goes on, HDD light goes on, stays on, no image to monitor and system is unresponsive.
It happened suddenly when I was rebooting, and then happened every time after that. I figured it was my mobo, possibly my processor, so I bought a new one of each. Installed the new mobo, old processor. Same problem as before, though now it would occasionally boot properly. When in the Task Manager, however, I noticed my CPU was reading 30-35% usage even though I had nothing open and no processes seemed to be using anything. I replaced the processor, and everything seemed hunky dory when the system would actually start, but I'm still getting those startup hangs. These hangs occur whether it's a cold boot or a reset.
Any ideas? I guess at this point I can only check my RAM. It passes memtest, but it isn't Asus-approved for this mobo (Mushkin 2x1gb in a p5e, now p5k deluxe, same problem). I ordered some cheap Crucial memory that is on the approved list, so hopefully that will fix it.