I let it start normally, get to the setup screen this time and enter my name and pc name. Again, restart.
I let it restart windows normally again and get through the set up process. Restarts again. This time I boot into safe mode and have no problems. System event was a critical error kernal 41.
Well, since it's running fine in safe mode and not knowing what may be causing the problem I reboot to windows normally. I get in, run win updates reboot with no problems. Restart a few times with no problems. Play around for about an hour with no problems.
This morning I turn it on and it restarts again at the login screen but boots to safe mode with no problems.
Haven't been able to get ahold of Asus yet and will likely get home from work too late to try. So...I'm asking for all of you to lend your expertise.
Does this sound like a driver issue? A bad image install from Asus? Ie a bad windows install?
Or a hardware issue? Device manager shows no problems. Ran a men test with no errors.
Should I flash the bios? Reinstall windows? If its a driver I have no idea which it would be.
One other weird thing I found. When it booted normally I was browsing my folders and it wouldn't let me into the Downloads folder or photos or a couple others. Deleted them and "restored" them and had access again.
What do you all think? Do I tinker before I talk with Asus or should I wait?
Thanks for any suggestions,