Last saturday, I ridded my computer of dust. I made sure no dust was left behind in my computer, and reconnected it. I turn it on, everything was working, and I went to go watch a movie. I come back, and smell a burning smell, an electrical one. My screen was black, and I got no response from my mouse or keyboard. My fans were still running, so I knew it wasn't off. I turned off my computer and opened my case, and looked inside. Nothing appears to be damaged, but my Video Card was too hot to touch. So while I had it on the floor I hooked everything back up and turned it on. I got nothing on the screen, but I noticed that the fan was not working on my ATI Radeon 9800+ Video Card. I assumed that my video card burned up, so I went to buy one. On monday I came home and installed the newely bought ATI Radeon X1300 video card I bought (the cheapest and the only one capatible with my computer). I turned on my computer and I still got nothing. At this point in time I noticed that my PC Speaker was not beeping once (to tell me everything was working, as stated in the manual). So I thought it might be the Motherboard, because if it was anything else like the HDD or something, I could at least get to the BIOS. Oh and by the way all my Case Fans were working so I figured it wasn't the Power Supply. So I bought a 40 dollar Socket A motherboard from a place online, and it arrived yesturday. I installed it and connected everything together, and tryed it out. This time I got something on the screen (yes!) and I was able to enter the BIOS and everything, but now I can't seem to get to windows with my Maxtor 200GB Hard Drive. I tried a different one that had Win98 on it (the Maxtor had XP on it) and it went into windows, so I deduced it must be the HDD. One thing to mention, when it starts up and gets past the BIOS and such, it just restarts and starts the whole process over again, in a loop. I can access the Hard drive if I connect it to another computer (the one I'm on) and take files and move them around (which is weird), but it wont let me in windows if I set it up as a primary drive. I figured it must be a software issue, so I poped in the install disc and it did it's jazz, until it got to the point where it says "starting windows install disc" and it pops up with a BSOD saying
"PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA" and then under technical info: 0x00000050 (0xFFFFFFF7 0x00000000, 0x8084428, 0x00000000).
I tried multiple install discs and I get the same exact error at the same exact time. I didn't want to drop 100 bucks on a new HDD, so what I did to test something, was take the Win98 HDD and have it as a single drive in there (I have another 80GB one without windows on it) and did the install disc jazz (just to see if wasn't the Maxtor causing the problem) and I get the same erorr as listed above. I'm perplexed, I can't seem to solve this! I need help. I really want my computer to function so any and all help is much appreciated. I will be able to use this computer a lot, so I'll get back to anyone who responds as quickly as possible. Thanks in advanced.
One more thing in case you were wondering: when I just let it run without any bootdisk (whcih by the way does not work) or install disc, it comes up with the screen saying that "windows was not shutdown properly" and it says Start Windows Normally, that screen. If I select anything, Safemode, Normally, or Last Known Good Configuration, it just restarts and goes back to that screen.
I have found this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/817197 perhaps the new mobo uses those USB connectors? By the way this is the new motherboard.
Edited by End, 13 April 2007 - 03:31 PM.