I think I KILLED my PC

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Oct 22, 2007

I think I KILLED my PC by paul1991 at 12:04 AM (1,066 Views / 0 Likes) 10 replies

  1. paul1991
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    Hello,
    Ill give you some background info on my PC before I continue.
    It is an HP 743C Desktop computer: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product...ng=en&cc=us

    I am running Windows Vista Ultimate.
    Now that I get to this point, I don;t think there is any more to say.

    Anywho,
    I had my external Hard Drive plugged in. It is Apricorn brand. It clearly states in the manual that booting the computer with the HDD plugged in to the USB ports may damage some core windows components. I was using DVDDecryptor to rip a movie to the external HDD. I left the computer alone to do its business. I came back about an hour later to start another disc and I had an error message on my screen. It said that there was a "Blue Screen" error.
    I didn't worry about it. I did copy the entire text of the error in to a work document onto my desktop. I can retrive it if I can boot my computer.
    Anyway, about 30 mins later, I noticed that my computer was running sluggishly. I decided to restart it. I UNPLUGGED the external HDD. I tried to turn it all the way off. I pushed the button on the botton of the start menu and my sceen went black, but the light on the front of the computer stayed on and the Internal Hard Drive kept spinning. I gave it 10mins to work itsself out. Nothing happened in that time.
    I held the button down of the front of the computer. It shut off. I tried to turn it back on. The BIOS screen came up. This is nothing special. It is just was just running through its boot up checks. (I think that there is some acronym for it.) The strange thing was that it went no further than that screen.
    I tried hitting F1 to access the boot menu. I know this is the button that I need to press bacause it said so on the bottom of the screen. Nothing happened. The computer wan not working. It was frozen.
    I have tried almost everything. I have tried to boot a Linux Ubuntu Live CD. I tried booting the Vista Install CD. All to no avail.

    I think that it is a problem with the BIOS. Is there anyway to fix this? I need to buy a new computer anyway, but I really want to save this one.
    I know that my computer is pretty much bricked.
    I am not able to do anything on it. Its good my parents have their own PC.

    Anybody know how to flash a BIOS using a different computer? Or is there some other way to save my computer?


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  2. skarthebloodchild

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    Try to put the battery of your motherboard out (i think used for the bios) and then try turning on your pc.
    good luck.
     
  3. Switchy

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    Yeah, I think the problem lies with the battery as well.
    I can't think of anything else.

    Not sure if you can start it up without it though...
    Might just have to get it replaced.
     
  4. paul1991
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    Will I lose any data if I remove that battery?
    What does the battey do?
     
  5. Lee79

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    Take the watch battery out and wait 5s then put it back in and restart. Doing this resets all the settings in the Bios to their factory defaults. Some motherboards have a Jumper that does the same thing you would have to look in the motherboard/computer manual to locate it.
     
  6. Javacat

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    You wont loose any data if you remove the battery. As it's a prebuilt system the only thing you should need to set is the clock when the computer has turned back on.
     
  7. paul1991
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    Thanks guys.
    Ill try it tommorrow and report back.
     
  8. cenotaph

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    If it's POSTing (i.e. you're getting a BIOS screen), you're almost always in the clear as far as the most important components - motherboard/CPU - go. It might be hanging as it's trying to detect one of your hard drives but failing (as the drive in question isn't working properly) - try unplugging all of your disk devices and see if you get past the BIOS screen. If you do, then there's the problem - send the drive back to the manufacturer.
     
  9. RedIce

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    personally, i think you fucked up most of your ram in that blue screen error: data goes from dvd, decripts, goes ram, goes external HDD, but it didn't go to external HDD cuz of some erros, so prolly you got some 80% of your ram jammed with crap.
    it may sound stupid, but ram problems happened to me quite some times.
    get that ubuntu cd, and try to do a memory test, if you cant, just remove the RAM boards, switch them, put only one, etc.
    thats what i'd do.
     
  10. paul1991
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    Thanks guys.
    I got it working again, but not very well. It is currently in safe mode.. I am transfering all files to my Ext. HDD.. I am preparing to do a clean install of sweet, sweet XP.
    I could try to repair vista, but, even after 6 months of vista, id rather have XP.
    Its cool that im losing vista ultimate because i only paid 20$ for the upgrade DVD and product code. (yes it was legal, but im going to leave you wondering how i did it) [​IMG]
     
  11. Infinitus

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    Look on the motherboard, near the CMOS battery. (aforementioned watch battery) There should be three pins with one jumper, it should say JCMOS, Normal, and Clear.
    Using pliers (or fingers if you can,) move that jumper to the position it is in (pins 1 and 2, respectively) to the other position (pins 2 and 3) for about a second, then move it back.
    This clears the BIOS settings, which seems to be the problem you are having.

    This also means that clock speeds are changed, so please write them down before doing this! Otherwise, there will be an incredible loss of system instability if the default settings are different than what the stable settings are.
     

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