VonRichtofen
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Computer Help Please!

Sat Nov 12, 2005 9:43 am

Hey All,

I'm writing this from the office computer because my own PC is pooched. I'm not sure what is wrong. I was merrily listening to MP3's when it froze, so I rebooted, BIOS screen came up as normal, but after that I just get a blank screen. Could it be a video card problem? Any advice from the computer whiz's on here is much appreciated!!

Kris
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kaddyuk
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RE: Computer Help Please!

Sat Nov 12, 2005 9:47 am

Quoting VonRichtofen (Thread starter):
Could it be a video card problem?

Not likely as you can see the BIOS screen... Have you tried to start windows in Safe Mode?

Put your windows CD in the drive and attempt to boot from the CD... Sounds like windows could be corrupted in someway...

More seriously a hard disk could have bombed out... listen to your hard drives, do they spin up when you turn the PC on?

You may have been BIOS flashed... in which case you will need to reset your BIOS...

There could be a million and one reasons why your computer doesnt work i'm afraid...
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Springbok747
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RE: Computer Help Please!

Sat Nov 12, 2005 9:56 am

Could be a hard disk problem.

Try starting Windows in safe mode. As a last option, re-install Windows. If that doesn't work, then it may be a hardware problem. Like Kaddyuk said, there could be a million reasons why your computer stuffed up.

Quoting VonRichtofen (Thread starter):
Could it be a video card problem?

Not likely as you can see the BIOS screen.
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102IAHexpress
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RE: Computer Help Please!

Sat Nov 12, 2005 10:42 am

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 1):
Not likely as you can see the BIOS screen...



Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 2):
Not likely as you can see the BIOS screen.

Not necessarily. I’ve had a couple workstations at work go bad with bad on board video. They would display everything up until the Windows welcome screen, then bam…the dreaded blue screen of death.

Quoting VonRichtofen (Thread starter):
Any advice

One thing I would recommend is downloading Linux (I forget where you could download it for free) onto a dvdr then boot from the dvd drive. That’s helped me out a couple of times when I’ve been in a mission critical situation.
 
wukka
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RE: Computer Help Please!

Sat Nov 12, 2005 11:15 am

Totally symptomatic of losing a hard drive. I'd be truly surprised if that isn't what happened. I had that happen to one of my workstations about 6 months ago here at home. No backups, either. You'd think I'd know better.  Sad

Best of luck with it.
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FLYtoEGCC
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RE: Computer Help Please!

Sat Nov 12, 2005 11:47 am

On the BIOS screen (POST screen, where it tells you the CPU Model, Bios Version), it should tell you what IDE devices are on your computer. If it fails to get past this point, and suddenly isn't recognising your hard drive, then you can be pretty certain your hard drive's shagged.

Nothing you can do about that, unfortunately, other than keep backups - it does happen from time to time.

Even if you're getting past this screen it could still be a hard drive fault, but it's one big clue to look out for.
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VonRichtofen
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RE: Computer Help Please!

Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:33 am

Thanks for the replies guys.

I've tried everything you've suggested and still get nothing. It appears my HD has totally failed. I got my old P3 up and running so I at least have net access. I have a lot of important files on that HD that I'd like to get. God knows how much that'll cost.

They sure don't make HD's like they used to...

Thanks again for the help guys.

Kris
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RE: Computer Help Please!

Sun Nov 13, 2005 1:46 pm

Quoting 102IAHexpress (Reply 3):
the dreaded blue screen of death.



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