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I don't think we ever suggested that Happyrock. :)
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After consulting with my friends they also think its a mobo problem. they say that since it's the main thing that a psu is connected too, it would make sense that it would be ruined by a faulty psu. So should i try and get it looked at, at ncix( around 50$, [bleep])

just so I don't have to read 60 posts...did you ever try a live cd like puppy linux or ubuntu


what's a live cd? should i give this a try and how?
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If it's a mobo issue, then you'd be best off getting a new one that's compatible. You need one with socket LGA775 (same as the Core 2 line).

Edited by mkau, 14 February 2010 - 12:56 AM.

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The point of this is to see if the video works correctly with Linux.
Linux Live Cd instructions:


Get Puppy Linux from my signature below...Get puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso download it and burn it to cd
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if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files get Burncdcc from my signature...it is a small FAST no frills iso burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....

put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....puppy will boot and run totally in ram...if your hardware is is good working order you will know...
after you get it running and your at the desktop...you take the puppy linux cd out and then you can use the burner to copy all your data to cd/dvds
you can also use it to backup your data to a external usb harddrive..just have it hooked to the computer when you boot up with puppy...

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quick guide for saving data...music..files on a system that will not boot using puppy Linux..


after you get to puppy desktop..
click on the drives icon...looks like a flash drive...top row..it will list all the drives connected to

your computer...

click on the red icon for the drive you want to mount...in this case its a flash drive ...puppy will

mount the drive..the drive icon turns green when its mounted...
minimize the drives mounter window..you will need it again in a few minutes..
drag the right edge of it sideways to shrink it to its narrowest size...about half the width of the screen...then drag the window to the right edge of the screen...

now click on the icon that looks like a filing cabinet (kind of yellow) on the main drive...it should
already be green..
you will see a list of all the folders on the main drive Usually your C: drive..shrink that window to
the narrowest you can..about half the width of the screen...drag that window to the left side of the screen...
at this point you should have 2 windows open on your desktop..the flash drive on the right side..
go back to the folders on the C: drive...click on the documents and settings folder...then your user
name or all users..find the folders that has your data..
drag and drop the folder with the data you want to make copies of to the flash drive window...

your options are to move ..copy ect...JUST COPY..if its to big you will have to open the folder and
drag and drop individual files until the flash drive is full...(I have a 120 GB external USB drive for
big data recovery jobs and a 4 GB flash drive for the smaller jobs)..after you get the files copied to
the flash drive...
Click on the drives mounter you minimized earlier
UNMOUNT THE FLASH DRIVE by clicking on the green icon..you will once in awhile get error messages when
unmouting the drive..ignore them..when the flash drive icon turns red again its safe to remove the
flash drive..trot on over (stroll if you want to look cool) to another computer and plug in the flash

drive and copy all the data files ( I drag and drop) to the other computer..
make sure the other computer can read them...

now delete the data on the flash drive...take it back to the misbehaving computer and plug it in

again..click on the drives icon again and repeat until you have all your data transferred to the working
system..

Thanks to happyrock
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Hello, it's me again. Sorry i haven't replied for a while. what with the living in vancouver and the olympics and then putting it off, etc... Anyway, Puppy linux did not work. My adventures at NCIX commenced. I took it down to NCIX for a diagnostic report ($30) to find out for sure about the problem. As we have determined here, it was indeed the motherboard. So i get a new motherboard ($90 + $70 installation fee). Then we find out that my RAM was incompatible with the new motherboard. I could have chosen another mobo, but decided "to [bleep] with it, let's upgrade my ram" (1gbx2 -> 2gbx2 , $75). After that the tech dude found some problems with my heat sinc (sink? sync? whatever, that fan thing), but it's ok, he just fixed it for free. At this point it booted up there and everything seemed to work fine, so i took it home. I booted it up and lo and behold, my monitor is blank yet again, same old, same old. I take it back, he boots it up and it does not work there either (4 hours after it did work there) after a few minutes of checking he tells me my video card is not functioning (What the... i had it checked out a month ago!) Ok, i tell him if it works on other systems. Indeed it does. Turns out the problem is that my new PSU is INCOMPATIBLE with my video card . I'm told it's rare but he's seen this happen before. A power filter does not solve the problem. Grr. (just to clarify here, other video cards work on my system. my video card works on other systems, but my video card does NOT work on my system)Ok i am not going to buy a new PSU so i upgrade my video card. GeForce 9800 GT ($100). Everything seems to work. Boots up at home and my monitor finally shows stuff. But i still have to re-install Windows XP. Can't find my copy...

btw the motherboard issue was separate from the video card. It was indeed fried from my old faulty psu.
All told i have spent $500 because of !@#$ PSU problem. New PSU, Mobo, Ram, Video card...

I am torrenting a copy of Windows XP Media Center. I have an activation code already. Do i burn windows on 2 cds or a dvd?

Edited by Soul Forge, 14 March 2010 - 12:08 AM.

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