Recently while fixing the draw on my PC desk, I accidently unplugged my PC while it was still running. Result was that it wouldn't turn on when I attempted to restart. Gave to a friend who managed to get it started, but said it took a long time to start up (like 15mins). Everything A-OK, or so we thought until I got it home. I have 3 hard drives, and when I started it only two showed up on screen. Restarted a second time, but again only 2 showed, this time a different one. Each time the drive running windows worked. Tried restarting a third time and could not get it to run. After much cursing and fiddling around with cables, followed by more cursing, we removed the 2 iffy drives, restart no problem. Have sent those 2 drives back to the shop. Here's where it gets annoying, did a new install, all good until I try to access windows update. I get the following....
The page cannot be displayed
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Please try the following:
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To check your connection settings, click the Tools menu, and then click Internet Options. On the Connections tab, click Settings. The settings should match those provided by your local area network (LAN) administrator or Internet service provider (ISP).
See if your Internet connection settings are being detected. You can set Microsoft Windows to examine your network and automatically discover network connection settings (if your network administrator has enabled this setting).
Click the Tools menu, and then click Internet Options.
On the Connections tab, click LAN Settings.
Select Automatically detect settings, and then click OK.
Some sites require 128-bit connection security. Click the Help menu and then click About Internet Explorer to determine what strength security you have installed.
If you are trying to reach a secure site, make sure your Security settings can support it. Click the Tools menu, and then click Internet Options. On the Advanced tab, scroll to the Security section and check settings for SSL 2.0, SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0, PCT 1.0.
Click the Back button to try another link.
Cannot find server or DNS Error
Well I did all the suggested things on screen but to no avail, I can't even change my Internet security level below Medium, it says this level is recommended for this area, choose this level, then resets itself to that level. I also noticed that my security levels were already set to custom level straight after the new install (don't know if this is normal or not).
I am running only one hard drive now with Windows XP Home with Service Pack 2 built in
The only changes I made to system since I stuffed it up are....
replaced my old worn out Lite-On DVD-R burner with a new Pioneer one
Changed my ISP's.
I've done 3 new installs with full format, but still no change. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry my post is so long, but I don't no where I went wrong