Need computer help,,,

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by iDave, May 18, 2005.

  1. iDave

    iDave Been here awhile

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  2. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    It doesn't even begin to start up? DOS doesn't run? Sounds like a hardware problem, not a software problem.
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  3. Gibeon

    Gibeon Sans-Cycle (for now)

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    If it's doing ABSOLUTELY nothing when you're trying to power it up, I'd try resetting the CMOS.

    On your motherboard should be a 3 hole socket with a jumper thats inserted into two of the holes. Take that jumper out and move it over one. Leave it there for about a minute, then stick it back where it used to be and try to reboot.

    Before you reboot, you may want to pull the battery from the MoBO as well for a minute or so while the PC's unplugged.

    If the hardware isn't fried, the computer should always do SOMETHING when you try to turn it on. It it gets real confused, you need to reset the CMOS (I've done this a couple times with no ill effects other than lots of cursing).

    HTH

    Edit: Oh, I should warn you that I'm more of an adventuring electronic enthusiast than a PC professional... YMMV.
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  4. Skinner

    Skinner Mr.KTM

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    I hate to sound stupid but just for kicks check the plug, outlet etc. Never hurts just to look.
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  5. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    Bummer. At least new computers are cheap. Hope you didn't lose a ton of stuff on the old hard drive.
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  6. westnash

    westnash Long timer

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    I would take it to a computer repair shop and maybe they will have to reinstall xp and reformat the hard drive. Shouldnt cost as much as a new one. Your hard drive shouldnt have gone that quick.
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  7. MookieBlaylock

    MookieBlaylock Long timer

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    i got a new hard drive installed for $125 at my local shop. The guy was cool, at compusa or wherever beware.
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  8. westnash

    westnash Long timer

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    Well if it is an e machine noone will help you much,,,,,,take it to a computer shop,,it doesn't sound like a hard drive to me.
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  9. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    If your hard drive did take a crap, a good PC shop can maybe still get all your data off of it.

    Good luck,
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  10. carioca

    carioca Been here awhile

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    My hard drive crashed, and my computer was unbootable. Unfortunatly the only thing you can do is buy another hard drive and transfer the contents of the old one into the new one. I think it ran me like 230$ for everything, including the new HD.
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  11. westnash

    westnash Long timer

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    It doesn't make sense that this is a hard drive crash,,,sure its a cheapo computer but everything went haywire when you added real player,,,,take it to a shop and pay for a diagnostic if it is important to you!
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  12. carioca

    carioca Been here awhile

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    It doesnt have to make sense. A failure can occur at any time. Its unpredictable, if we knew when HD's would fail, we would always take precautions. But computers are kind of like cars, with age their life span decreases. Stuff fails, breaks etc.. They arent full proof.

    Most shops charge 60-100$ for a diagnostic.

    If he tells us more about this prob, maybe we can help more. Can you get into Cmos?
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  13. Caffeind

    Caffeind Team Piggly Wiggly

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    My dad paid some guy about $600 to do just that. If it is faulty hardware, you probably won't even be able to successfully format the drive. FWIW, pop's machine stopped booting after downloading a security update for XP. His was complicated by the fact that he was working in another program (as was advised as being safe by a dialog box) while the update was being installed. That program took a crap and the system spontaneously rebooted in the middle of the update. Needless to say, his system was pooched. Hindsight being 20/20, he should have dropped $100 for a new hard drive, had me come over and get Windblows set up on the new drive, slave in the old one, and transfer his data (or just leave it there as a data drive). But, he wanted to try and preserve his Windows installation.
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  14. EHPhillips

    EHPhillips Adventurer

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    I do computer forensics. My company is in Chantilly near 28 and 50. If you can get the machine to me I'll see if I can at least pull the files off. Don't toss the hard drive in the garbage, it still has all of your info on it!!! I promise I won't look at your porn. PM me.
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  15. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    That's good to know, my machine is ancient (mid-late 90s).
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  16. DNFjoe

    DNFjoe Did Not Finnish

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    IOmega makes zip drives that use disks which hold upto 750meg each on them. nice that you can always buy more disks to add additional storage and you can save and delete info over and over again. If the drive fails the info is on the disk so no big deal. Just another option.

    joe
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  17. achilles

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    Do you hear anynoise from the disk drive at all? If you put your hand on it, can you feel it spinning?

    More than a few times, I have been able to get a failed disk to boot again by; removing the HD. Checking connectors for obvious damage or dust/dirt. Then, reinstall and try boot.

    If the computer is anywhere abnormally cold, you might want to warm the drive up a bit before installing, maybe give a it few good whacks with your hand. Not real hard, just enough to get the spindle moving if it happens to be stuck or binding. :thwak

    And also get a good backup of your stuff. Most computers suck, and they do eventually fail.
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  18. NCDan

    NCDan Absolute Beginner

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    The USB or network drive is not a bad way to go. Some have a a backup function built in them. Or a DVD-R can be another option. Good luck.
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