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hi mykyl

i think i selected Load Defaults when i exited BIOS. But to make sure, I went back into BIOS, hit Load Defaults and exited....

i hooked up the HDD....out of the case ( all the cords are very short!)...screen said OTMGR is missing...when i first took this machine apart i took out the HDD and reformatted it....was thinking i could use it for storage...what i did then (hope it is ok) i hooked up the optical drive (outside the case again) and loaded the three recovery disks that i had made years ago...they loaded and then the machine booted up...i had one of the memory sticks in the MB at the time....

An aside: I am holding off on the more complicated build until i have a little more experience.... working/building something that if i totally screw it up it won't cost too much....i hope to end up with an inexpensive linux pc and a more powerful box for the photos/video (adobe based)....my initial pricing of the photo/video pc was around $1800....thought a little extra practice before i took that on would be helpful

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Tanks for the Update.
You did right with the Optical drive.

they loaded and then the machine booted up


Did it boot into windows? If not, was there any message on the screen?
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it booted into windows...
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Great result, well done. Posted ImagePosted Image

Does the OS look as though it has been restored to factory defaults. Have a look to see if there is any user DATA in My Docs.

What do you plan to do now? Rebuild in the existing case or rebuild in a new case?
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yes, set to factory defaults....

would like to put back together in a new inexpensive larger case that is easier to maneuver in...it was hard enough to get everything out of the old case...probably need longer cables too....

do i need a case that fits a micro atx board? ... any suggestions?

thanx....

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Couple of case suggestions;

Yes to the mATX question which the three below are.

http://us.ncix.com/p...ec&promoid=1276

http://www.amazon.co.../?tag=pcpapi-20

http://us.ncix.com/p...ER&promoid=1276
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Thank you for the case suggestions Phillpower2. Would like to explore the following before deciding on one.

DonB0130.
An aside: I am holding off on the more complicated build until i have a little more experience.... working/building something that if i totally screw it up it won't cost too much....i hope to end up with an inexpensive linux pc and a more powerful box for the photos/video (adobe based)....my initial pricing of the photo/video pc was around $1800....thought a little extra practice before i took that on would be helpful


and, would like to put back together in a new inexpensive larger case that is easier to maneuver in...it was hard enough to get everything out of the old case...probably need longer cables too....


I have not asked about the PSU brand/model??? but think it will be a generic one used by HP/Dell, 300/350W??? Some of the cables may be to short if you install to a more modern case.
Given you other desire to end up with a Vido/photo editing workstation, I suggest you use a case with really good cooling and a PSU that will power an eventual upgradYour thoughts.


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If you are connected to the internet on the bare-bones, please disconnect for the moment as windows update may be going, virus protection will need looking at, drivers will be out of date.


We need now to check that the HDD and RAM are good condition.
HDD check using windows built in tools, at step 4, tick both boxes, > http://pcsupport.abo.../hderrcheck.htm
RAM test, read this page first and follow the link at the bottom. > http://pcsupport.abo...r/memtest86.htm









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thank you phillpower2 for suggestions...i will take a look....

the PSU on the old PC has HP Invent logo, the model number is TFX0220D5WA and is max 220 w

i think i would like to put it together as cheaply as possible.....and then start on the new video/photo build machine...
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OK.
Then the cheapest way is to just get one of the cases suggested by Phillpower2 and rebuild using the existing internal parts. Not trying to put you off your plan, Just be aware that we have not tested the PSU, it is very low voltage, I would be reluctant to add additional hardware to the build, cables could still be a bit short it being a HP special, so until you start the build you won't know how it will go.
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i changed my mind....let's go for an upgradable case....otherwise the pc would probably not be used
anyway...question...would this be upgradable to the video/photo pc?( doesn't have to be, but it could be)...are the better cases flexible enough to install a micro or regular motherboard?
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Gday.
Most cases will take Macro and ATX MBs, so no problem fitting your existing one.
As well as a new case, you need a new PSU. your computer would be no better, performance wise, than it is now but it would be more reliable.
You could then upgrade parts to as high as you want to go.
will look for some options.
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looking forward to hearing your suggested options...
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Gday.

Have a look at these 4 cases.
> http://www.newegg.co...119-240:$$$$$$$

Power supplies to look at.
> http://www.newegg.co...151-106:$$$$$$$

Your parts will fit OK in any case. Upgrade order would be.
GPU.
2 x 7200 HDDs.
OS, purchased but not installed.
Then look at MB, CPU, RAM, Once decided on, could be purchased seperatly but need to be installed together.
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will order the
cool master case RC692A
corsair psu TX650M
both of the above had extra promo deals at newegg....

should this topic be kept going until my first build with existing components works?
and then start a new one?
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That is good to get a further discount.
Yes, keep this topic going, will decide later for the upgrade.


Here is a How To, thanks to Troy, & Artellos. http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/208831-how-to-build-your-own-computer/
I will post a couple of other pointers later.
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