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Old 03-20-2005, 10:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Computer Problem

I sure seem to post about a lot of computer problems huh? None of which are my computer, but others that I have to fix.


A computer in my house that is used a lot by computer illiterate people, so its FULL of spyware, it ran so slow, taking literally minutes to open up my computer ( which I think, another reason for the slowness is the reason it isnt working now ). I go to reformat the computer, just like any other time, restart, boot from disk, as soon as I choose what to boot, the CD stops spinning and the screen goes blank, then it goes to the blue screen to where you start installing XP, but it just freezes. I'm thinking its a messed up hard drive. A little before that when I kept trying to get the computer to boot from the CD the hard drive was making an odd sound, and now this. You guys think it's the hard drive, or could it be something else?

I can go to boot, and not boot from disk and it just goes to the XP "blue screen of death".

The computer is an eMachines. 2.2GHz Celeron, 256MB PC2700 RAM, 1 40GB HD. That's all. No cards, onboard video and sound.
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Old 03-20-2005, 11:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Download a copy of Maxtors Hardrive utility. I believe it's now called MaxBlast.
Copy it to a blank Floppy and boot from it. It has (or had in the past) a HDD formate program and a diskcheck program that worked well, identifying bad sectors and estimating the abilities of the Disk.

If you know that brand of hardrive, you may also opt to use that brands boot disk for installing hard disks. Use the utilities provided on that disk to check the drive for errors and formate the drive.
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Old 03-21-2005, 09:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I had that problem and it ended up being a faulty motherboard. Replacing the motherboard fixed it. I realize that replacing the motherboard on an E-machines is really inefficient but that's the only input I can give! I'd just start the hardware swapping process if you have the ability.

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