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Bad PC No Biscuit [Dec. 4th, 2005|11:35 am]
Lanette
My Win XP box has the plague. It started randomly rebooting and Win Explorer was crashing,..and blue screen errors were happening often.

So I downloaded Ad Aware and ran it. It finds 35 critical problems and then freezes and the system reboots. Every time.

It also is running so slow. I've gone over to using the Mac again. *sigh* I wonder if Windows is really ever worth the hardware savings.
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[User Picture]From: mxpwr
2005-12-04 08:24 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a bad motherboard.
Try booting it in DOS mode and just let it sit. If it doesn't reboot then, it is the motherboard.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2005-12-04 09:10 pm (UTC)
Ok,..I'll give that a try. I have a strange harddrive set up too. It might be time to get a new motherboard, processor, and hard drive. I got a new video card, case and fans not too long ago.
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[User Picture]From: teddyeddy
2005-12-04 09:25 pm (UTC)

That box has been on the way out for awhile now!
I think that once you do get a new box, you will find that it will run without these issues :)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2005-12-04 10:14 pm (UTC)
True. I do need to figure out my budget to get the right parts in there. The old stuff has really been of good service, but it's gone now!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2005-12-04 10:36 pm (UTC)
The computer won't boot up at all anymore. It reports that one of the arrays is disconnected, offline, or will not load. It looks like the harddrive.
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[User Picture]From: firebirdi
2005-12-05 03:18 am (UTC)

failing array

Sounds like one of the HDs is on the way out. Shrug - figured it wasn't long for this world the LAST time I cobbled it back together. I might be able to get your array working again... But the only smart thing to do with it would be to copy off your data and start over. I agree that computer problems are irritating, but I would hardly stop using an operating system based on failing hardware. I can't imagine any of the MAC OSes doing any better with a failing HD. Sounds like it's time for the next PC. If you're not ready for an uber box, there are plenty of mid-level solves to this who's components could be added onto during a later upgrade. At a minimum you're talking HD, MB, PROC, and RAM. Barring that, you COULD replace the failed array member, and try again. You'll wind up in the same boat tho, perhaps 6 months of service before you drop another (old) component. Drop me a line if you want more info, and I'll let you know what's out there that's any good right now.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2005-12-05 03:26 am (UTC)

Re: failing array

Cool! I don't want to try to piece it together again, although I do appreciate your effort which gave it a good 6 months more life on the old stuff. Instead I'd like a nice new harddrive, and one click down from the very fastest motherboard/proc/ram. I prefer AMD over Intel. It just needs to work with the video card I have. I'd appreciate your suggestions. :)
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[User Picture]From: firebirdi
2005-12-05 08:39 am (UTC)

Re: failing array

Well - I would suggest 2 HDs rather than 1. Connected in a RAID, much like the last set. Difference being the process was not in common use when that was built, and it's wildly more simple (and used) now. The very fastest AMD offerings (and a couple clicks down from that)are all 'dual-core' which is fancy talk for 2 processors on one die (the main processor chip), although they do share some components. RAM is just about the speed it runs at, so top notch will likely be your only option, tho there isn't nearly the price premium for that that there is for the fastest processor options. I do recall your preference for AMD over intel, and their offerings are largely indistinguishable so it's pretty easy to manage. I recall you got a mid-level AGP card the last go around, but that's not a real problem either, just have to avoid the newer PCI express bus options for the newer graphics cards. Again, not incredibly challenging. A quick check at the Fry's computer ad shows me it'll cost about this much to rebuild; $70 (x2) for 2GB of memory ($100 ea. before rebate) $50 (x2) for mid-level SATA drives, 160GB ea. ($100 ea. before rebate) $250 for mid-level AMD MBoard and proc (single core, 3500+) perhaps $20 more for the processor fan they won't tell you doesn't come with it. This MBoard is newer tech however, and won't take your video card, so perhaps another $50 for a mid-level PCI-ex card (Wild-ass guess on that, as I don't own anything PCI-ex), or wait for another AMD offering that handles AGP... Total cost for that setup around 780 after tax and before rebate ($160). Shrug. If you're ready to do some serious looking at this, drop me a line, and we'll figure out what you need. -Mike
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2005-12-05 06:15 pm (UTC)

Re: failing array

I choose option: Wait for another AMD offering that handles AGP and then BUY BUY BUY. I think the reason why this system gave up the ghost is that I was filling up the HD by ripping all of my CD's to iTunes. I think I finally got into the space on the other HD and it was no longer happy. I would really prefer just one HD as 160GB should be sufficient. I do use plenty of ram and processing power though.
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[User Picture]From: firebirdi
2005-12-05 11:45 pm (UTC)

Re: failing array

Today's print ad for Fry's has a much more reasonable AMD mboard/proc for $90 (With heatsink and fan...). Only 3000+, but I don't think the processor will be your bottleneck most of the time. Also, for the HD... I strongly suggest you go with the 2 drives. Not so much for the space, but more for the RAID action, so that you can read from both channels at the same time. WAY faster, and not very expensive, good bang for the buck. Haven't checked memory compatibility on this either... But really, it's pointless... What we need to do is just go down there and see what's in stock. Once we know what they have, we can make the call, and get it or not. Don't know when to slot the time for it tho. :) Give me a call, and we can work something out.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2005-12-05 11:49 pm (UTC)

Re: failing array

Thank you very kindly for offering to help. My Mom is having the surgery tomorrow, so I think I better put this computer stuff on the back burner for this week just so I can make sure she is ok. I have some time off after Christmas but before New Years. Do you? Will you be around at all then, or are you guys going out of town?
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[User Picture]From: dove
2005-12-04 09:12 pm (UTC)
Motherboard focker!
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