Something's not right either way, and the first port of call (to ever get any sort of PC running correctly) is to get the hardware running properly. So that includes hardware compatibility, components seated correctly (i.e. thermal paste etc...), and BIOS configured correctly.
I still think his Windows is hosed not the BIOS. This is why I never advise or encourage OCing to anybody. It's not worth it.
Once hardware's correct, then we can look at making sure the OS is sorted as well.
I should have the CPU/hs/fan reinstalled by tomorrow evening. Hopefully that goes well and hardware problems are behind us. Will let you know.
BTW, I have installed an additional intake fan on the front of the case. I hope this provides some extra relief for the CPU. So my setup is; Two 120mm intake fans on the front of the case, a 140mm top fan and a 120mm rear fan for exhaust. My question about the case fan setup now is how do I power them all? I can power 3 fans from the MB. My PSU does not have a case fan power connector. It seems there are a few options to consider in order to make this work; 1) installing 3-Pin Y-Cable / Splitter for Case Fan Connection / 3-pin Extension Cable
so I can power all fans from MB, 2) installing APEVIA Model CVT43 Power 4 PIN Adapter TO 3 PIN Fan Adapter
to power additional fans from the PSU itself, or 3) installing a NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen Fan Controller
and controlling all case fans from the interface. Is one of these options a preferred method?
I'm sure his hardware's ok, he's got the BIOS back to normal. Only problem is he cannot get Windows to load up and his recovery disk told him that.
I think y'all are making a mountain out of a molehill.
Webslinger, got a friend with a pc? Pull your drive and have your friend put it in as a secondary drive. With his windows access your drive from My Computer.
Your recommendation is to do it this way so I can backup/save my data from the problem HDD to a working HDD/Windows OS right? Then what, reinstall Windows OS from scratch on my HDD and transfer backup to my HDD once the OS is fixed?
I had also read somewhere that with Windows 7, you can reinstall the OS but not format the HDD. The reinstall will then save all data from the HDD into a folder called Windows.Old - I copied and pasted the instructions below. Thought this might be a good option unless the pros here at GTG think otherwise.There is a cool feature of the Windows Vista and 7 installers. If you have a previous install of Windows on the HDD (be it XP, Vista or 7) and start the new install it will actually do whats called a Old Files so long as you do not format the HDD.
What it does is it will install 7 and tak the old Windows install and put it on C:\ in a folder called 'Windows.Old'. This includes the entire old C:\ from the previous install including Program Files, Windows folder and User folder.
What you need to do is get into your BIOS (or if you have a OEM computer such as a Dell, HP or Toshiba press the button to open the boot manager) and tell it to boot to the CD/DVD. Have the Windows 7 install disk in the drive and boot to it. When it starts, tell it to install Windows and when you get to the part with the HDD, do not format it. Just click next. It will tell you it found a previous Windows installation and that it will move it to 'Windows.Old'. Continue with the install and there ya go.
You will have access to all the old files you had before, minus Programs since they wont be registered properly but will still be there.
We use this at work all the time if a customer has a really nasty Windows killing Virus. Makes it so much easier since we do not have to transfer the files to a bench machine, install Windows and then transfer back. All we do is scan it clean, Install Windows and then move the wanted files over.
After you get what you want you can delete the entire folder so it doesn't take up any HDD space.