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    Default Getting "stuck" on boot, from time to time

    My newly built PC sometimes will not get past the initial boot screen. When this happens, I cannot yet figure out how to make it boot successfully, except that somehow after a few tries, it works again.

    Here is some of my main components:
    - ASRock H87M Pro4 motherboard
    - Intel Core i3 4130 CPU
    - Samsung 840 Evo 120 GB (where the OS is installed)
    - Bios updated to UEFI P2.0, dated 12/6/2013.

    Have someone run into similar problems? Would you please give me some pointers to troubleshoot? Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Getting "stuck" on boot, from time to time

    Unplug usb cables inside the case. I had a few years ago a similar problem with z68 extreme4 gen3 and it worked for me. You can try

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    Default Re: Getting "stuck" on boot, from time to time

    Thanks for the reply. I have one cable from front panel USB 3.0 ports plugged in. Do you mean I should unplug that?

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    Default Re: Getting "stuck" on boot, from time to time

    In another thread, the front panel usb 3.0 cable wasn't properly connected to the motherboard's connector and the OP had boot problems.
    Try booting several times with this cable disconnected from the motherboard and see if this "fixes" the problem.
    If there are no more boot problems, carefully reconnect the usb 3.0 cable, making sure that there are no bent pins and that the cable is properly connected.
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    Default Re: Getting "stuck" on boot, from time to time

    I see. The USB connection does seem to be loose and I've reconnected it, although I cannot really test the effect quickly as the boot problem has been random.

    However, now that you've pointed out this possibility: For the entire afternoon I have not experienced a single problem despite multiple reboots (Windows updates, drivers install), and there is not a single USB device connected to the USB 3.0 ports, either on the front or the back.
    Yesterday when this was happening randomly, I always had at least one USB device (wireless mouse) connected to one of the front panel USB 3.0 ports, and a thumb drive plugged into one of the USB 3.0 ports on the back (for updating BIOS).

    Maybe this is it. Thanks again.

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    Default Re: Getting "stuck" on boot, from time to time

    You're welcome, glad to hear that you are making progress.

    The loose usb 3.0 motherboard connection seems to be a problem with different motherboard brands.
    I have a usb 3.0 controller card in my P35 system and this card has an internal 19-pin connector for a front panel cable hookup; this setup is very secure.

    Let us know if the problem is gone after a week of booting your system.
    It's probably a good idea to double check this connection every time you open your computer case.
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    Default Re: Getting "stuck" on boot, from time to time

    Every USB 3.0 cable for use on a mother board header that I've seen has been terrible, fit-wise. The pins on the mobo header are about the gauge of thick steel wool, and besides an indexing key in the connector and two barely there tabs, it's hardly held in place. I put masking tape around the connection, which helped.

    The joke is the USB 3.0 cable to the PC case's USB 3.0 connectors has two cables each about the size of RG-59 coax cable, and about as stiff. The connector for the mobo header has so little integrity it's a miracle it works at all. USB 2.0 mobo headers are much better in every way IMO.

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    Default Re: Getting "stuck" on boot, from time to time

    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    Every USB 3.0 cable for use on a mother board header that I've seen has been terrible, fit-wise. The pins on the mobo header are about the gauge of thick steel wool, and besides an indexing key in the connector and two barely there tabs, it's hardly held in place. I put masking tape around the connection, which helped.

    The joke is the USB 3.0 cable to the PC case's USB 3.0 connectors has two cables each about the size of RG-59 coax cable, and about as stiff. The connector for the mobo header has so little integrity it's a miracle it works at all. USB 2.0 mobo headers are much better in every way IMO.
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    Default Re: Getting "stuck" on boot, from time to time

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    ^^+1^^
    Aw shucks, you're just saying it because it's true.
    Well, I think so. But you said your USB 3.0 card's connector and case cable form a good connection, which is great, I'm glad it is.

    Is that you CM HAF XB you're referring to?

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    Default Re: Getting "stuck" on boot, from time to time

    Yes my usb 3.0 controller card is in my HAF XB computer case.

    I had quite a bit of trouble connecting the HAF's usb 3.0 cable to the add-in card's socket, it was the complete opposite of what you said about how loosey-goosey usb 3.0 cable/motherboard connections are.

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    I assume that your HAF XB usb 3.0 cable/motherboard connection was typically sloppy/loose.
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