Desktop system is completely inoperative (black SOD after windows flash and a few seconds of left upper corner cursor; only one internal HD recognized in boot menu; DVD-ROM not recognized in boot menu. Thus, am unable to retrieve much more info (like event logs).
Op sys = Win XP SP3.
Motherboard = http://www.asus.com/...ireless_Edition
customized by ABS in 2006 (i.e., out of warranty).
System is used primarily for file sharing TAPER-FRIENDLY Bands, & is essentially on 24 hrs a day.
An XP installation disc is on its way.
1) system came pre-loaded with XP and no disc
2) system will not recognize internal CD-DVD-ROM to use rescue disc that did come with it
3) system will recognize but not boot from a conntected external CD-DVD-ROM containing the rescue disc.
While waiting for XP disc arrival, want to
A - order more RAM
B - upgrade cooling system
C - replace the hard drives, since (i think) i need to reinstall the OS.
Regarding the RAM upgrade,
Crucial advises http://www.crucial.c...=m2n-sli deluxe
Learned I want low voltage, non-buffered, non ECC and the lowest CR number. Don't understand Meg nor rpm enough to select based on those traits.
Regarding cooling -
have not yet done my homework.
About the internal discs
-replacement with WD2500KS-OOMJBO (original equipment) means buying recertified. Would rather install brand new (i think).
-might as well upgrade, as the system only had ~ 60 GB free when it crashed.
-MS help says must re-install XP.
-keep several 2-3 TB externals attached and running. Maybe a bigger, faster dual core will improve speed, yes?
-system is RAID 0, 1 and 5 capable.
-internet connecttion hass T1-like speeds via ethernet cable to a modem (not router). Would consider adding a wireless router, since desktop is already b-g-n ready
-had system set for automatic back up, defrag, windows updates, reg edits after reg backup, and file cleaning. Glad it lasted as long as it did!
My interweb access now is seriously limited, and slow. Will check for responses as often as possible, though.
Huge thanks for any advice forthcoming!
Edited by vetsvet, 23 December 2011 - 08:28 AM.