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Do I have hardware-failure?


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I downloaded this one: SeaTools for DOS v2.17 (Graphical)

http://www.seagate.c...ols/seatooldreg

Choosing the english one...
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You got the one under this Heading?
ISO CD-ROM Image
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Yes
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Did you burn it as a ISO or Image or as a data cd?
Have you tried the cd in another system to see if it works?
Did you change the boot sequence in the bios to make the cdrom the first boot device?

To change Boot Sequence in your BIOS
Reboot the system and at the first post screen (where it is counting up memory) start tapping the DEL button
This will enter you into the Bios\Cmos area.
Find the Advanced area and click Enter
Look for Boot Sequence or Boot Options and highlight that click Enter
Now highlight the first drive and follow the directions on the bottom of the screen on how to modify it and change it to CDrom.
Change the second drive to the C or Main Drive
Once that is done then click F10 to Save and Exit
You will prompted to enter Y to verify Save and Exit. Click Y and the system will now reboot with the new settings.

Hopefully you have already put the SeaTools cd in the drive before all this.
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I just double-clicked the ISO icon after downloading it - my computer uses NTI - and then just choose burn, just like the one for WD.

I'll try and look into the BIOS to make sure it boots from CD-ROM first - though my BIOS settings are a real pain to access - I have now tried about 2786 times tapping either F1 or DEL... I'll keep trying... Any reason it's so hard to access?

Oh a tried when it went to the black screen with the cd inside - to hit ctrl-alt-del and it went to DOS... I couldn't access the readme as it said... and the seatools command just brought me back to black sreen - with some clicking sounds...?
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Clicking sounds as in the hard drive making the sound?
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No the screen... Like it's losing/getting signal...
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Got it running now... I tried the text variant of the diagnostic tool... Started a "long test".

Edited by oviedo7, 10 January 2010 - 04:01 PM.

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OK good :)
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Yeah... Should probably have done that earlier...:)

Should I run multiple tests?

Edited by oviedo7, 10 January 2010 - 04:21 PM.

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A test especially extended should take a while to complete. It checks several different parts of the disk
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Okay... Well it's running smoot so far - no problems yet.. I'll probably run a couple of tests.

When upping the RAM from 256 to 2gb and adding the extra hdd - would I need any additional tools? extra ventilation or so?

I have ordered an anti-static wristband... and I'm looking around for the RAM - any manufacturers to avoid/prefer?

Again - thanks a lot for all your help. It's so very much appreciated. :)
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No additional tools needed.
Your ventilation should be fine and I prefer Crucial Memory myself but it is kind of a personal preference honestly.
No problem as I'm here till the end and that means good or bad.
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If there is space, it's always good practice to throw in another case fan. :)
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Been tied up fixing my sisters computer the last couple of days now... I pretty much hate malware (and computers with outdated security).... But I should finally be able to look for some of that RAM, have tried looking in a couple of stores but to no avail so far. Guess it's gonna be online.

On the Crucial page they highlight these 3 specs:
- Module Size: 1GB
- Package: 184-pin DIMM
- Feature: DDR PC2700

Is these 3 enough when looking around for similar RAM sticks? Do I need more on my checklist?

Also, would it be possible to add a USB 2.0 slot on a computer that age?
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