No no samm you got it all wrong.
Ok from the beginning:
Recieved new parts.
1st problem: New red Cold Cathode would not fit so I sanded down the edges of it to make it fit. Took me 2 hours by hand. (Please note this is urelated to the HDD failure). The cathode's wire would not stretch far enough so I cut the wire and added some wire in between to extend MAKING SURE the positive and negative were connected correctly.
After I put the PC together and turned it on and turned this red cathode on I found it to be very dim
. Must have damaged it when I was sanding it cus I kept the sandpaper on a surface and held the plastic part of the cathode and rubbed it on the sandpaper so the internal light tube was exposed to some G forces!
Put the other parts in.
Noticed that whilst I was installing the heatsink on the mobo (the zalman one) I was screwing into the paths on the mobo's. (Hey it was 2:00am I was knackered). I looked at it very closely and found that it seemed to have dented one of the paths however I though what the [bleep] and left it and carried on installing all the other parts.
Turned on PC. Checked all BIOS settings, changed a couple such as 'Alert when CPU fan fails' etc (no important BIOS changes were made).
Checked it was recgonising the RAM and the CPU - seemed to be fine so I thought nah the mobo probably wasnt damaged.
THE OTHER 80GB IDE HDD IN THE MEANTIME WAS DISCONNECTED INCLUDING POWER; AS WAS THE SONY DVD-ROM DRIVE (although the molex power cable was connected to the Sony DVD-ROM drive (cus the IDE cable couldnt stretch far enough to reach the IDE connector on the mobo so the Sony DVD-ROM was not conneceted only the LG optical drive).
OK now before I go on further it is important that you understand how the power has been configured in my rig:
Molex 1 - Rear 120mm Fan, Front 120mm Fan,
Molex 2 - Front lights of case, Blue and red Cold cathodes
Molex 3 - WD 320GB I had to purchase a power splitter to connect the WD HDD because the wire is not long enough (Using legacy power cus I'm using the WD secureconnect cable which I ordered along wiht everything else) and the 80GB Seagate IDE - although intially this was disconnected.
And err cant remember anything else.
Ok so I installed XP.
Loaded up into XP.
Installed mobo drivers, went OK.
Turned PC off (after all mobo drivers were installed)
Connected power to IDE and removed IDE connector on mobo and attached older IDE cable form previous mobo to the IDE HDD and the IDE connecotr on mobo.
Went into My Computer, clicked on the IDE drive.
Went onto SP2 (I dont have Service pack 2 on ayn CD's and ALL my documents and extra downloaded apps and all game saves are on the 80GB IDE HDD)
Started installing (setup files were being transfered as that is the intial thing then you click next etc) got about 3/4 of the way through and the WD 320GB SATA HDD went whoosh (as in the HDD slowed down quickly) and I saw that BSOD and it made a clik noise after which it span up fast again and the PC rebooted itself.
Tried again same problem except soemtimes the BSOD stays for like 30-50seconds and other times it justs rebooted quickly but it almost always eventually rebooted in the BSOD.
So I disconnected the IDE HDD (that is the power and IDE cable) and attached the new IDE cable to the Sony DVD-ROM and the mobo (was in a hurry so I connected it to the Sony).
Turned PC on.
Put my X-Fi's installation CD in after I got to desktop.
It came up as usual - Select language click next - however when I clicked next it took longer than usual for the next part to come, - then oyu get options as to what you want installed - then minimum, full or custom installation - all these parts were appearing slower than usual so when I clicked next the mouse cursor changed to the loading symbol for like 20 seconds everytime.
Then it took AGES for it to install even though it didnt as you will understand:
It went 1% then after about 2 mins it went to 8% then BSOD.
Turned PC off.
Disconnected IDE from the Sony drive and connected it to the LG drive.
Turned on PC.
Again same thing put X-Fi CD however EXACTLY the same problem except sometimes it manages to get ot 11% although it takes about 5mins to get there (normally it only takes about 3 mis for COMPLETE installation.
Oh and I forgot to mention that XP's loading time was extended alot after I got the 1st BSOD.
So I rebooted and put in my SP1a CD.
That installed fully although for some reason there were loads of files left over by the previous unsuccesful attemepts of installing SP2 most had the second sub-folder as I386 or something along those lines I cant quite remember.
They had long a*ss names like D52sdfsfdsd2fsf56sf etc.
Although SP1a installed fully it took 40 mins.
Rebooted again tried X-Fi, same problem.
Put on mobo drivers, went fine.
Tried X-Fi again same problem. Tried Nvidia EVGA CD same problem except no BSOD instead it simply hangs and is extremley slow.
The noise the HDD makes when I get that BSOD indicates it is damaged.
Also note that I got this BSOD previously on the older WD 320GB HDD so this rules out the possibilty that the mobo is damaged (this is a brand new warranty replacment if you remember Samm you asked me 'and tell me if your HDD has been behaving itself these days' go back in the pages and you'll see- so I have had this HDD for say about 2 months although dont forget I have hardly used it as I was selling the older parts and before that I RMA'd the X1900XT and got a X1950XTX after which I sold everyhting - never used the X1950XTX as that would devalue it so between the time it took to RMA the X1900XT and the time I got my new components, the PSU and EVERYTHING (Except the Power to the LCD) were disconnected.)
Now another thing I should mention is that before I got the new pats that is when my PC was TOTALLY disconnected to all peripheals and from the power (I pulled out EVERYTHING from the back of the PC, - obviously as there was no mobo, however I also took out the 3 pin power to the PSU).
The other thing is AGAIN the main fuse box burnt out. Like last time except this time the 2 fuses were burnt as well as the main power cable that the energy company is responsible (there is a black box int he fuse box, anything above that is our responsibilty).
The surge protector on my new Belkin surge protection unit still indicates that it is protected and the grounded light is still on indicating that the plug socket is properly grounded.
Whew OK that was aloot of typing.
So that leaves the older components to point the finger at - LG and Sony optical drives, 80GB IDE drive, 17 inch Iiyama Prolite E435BS or whatever its called, the old Dell keyboard, USB Logitech G5 mouse and thats it.
Ok now I gave the 80GB IDE to Jamie to test my 80GB HDD drive. He configured it so that it replicated my setup in that he has a WD HDD connected via legacy power (his own WD HDD) and my 80GB IDE via the SAME legacy power so in that sense it is in the same configuration as mine, his machine is not the same spec as mine.
So that rules out the IDE HDD I suppose.
I did disconnect the G5 today to see if that would make any diffrence but no diffrence whatsoeer (I used an older mouse connected via the ither funny connector which I think is called PS2).
Removed 1 RAM module (only just cus the 8800 GTS gets in the way) still the same. Cant remove other RAM module as there are sensitive components of the 8800 GTS just below the RAM slot.
Givent the fact that the older X1900XT I had got damaged and gave me very low FPS hence the replacment X1950XTX, it makes sense to pint the finger at the screen however What the...?
I know about the partiton thing which is why I normally install SP2 after putting in the mobo drivers, so no the HDD was not experiencing partition problems cus I didnt even think about partitioning it cus of the problems.
NO LOGITECH software was installed as I have a set procedure of installation I normally 1st put the mobo drivers in then SP2 then GPU drivers, then Sound card drivers then Logitech drivers.
So now you have the info tell me if you have answers!
Looking forward to your reply Samm.
Many thanks in advance.
Edited by Mitesh, 15 April 2007 - 11:38 AM.