Firstly, my motherboard died... I despaired as I went to the shop to get a new one, £40 for an ASUS model, usually £50, can't remember what type it was, but it was Socket 754 with 2 DIMM sockets and 3 PCI spaces. Anyway I fitted the new mobo and my linux bootloader failed so I couldn't load either OS. After cleaning my old motherboard (and other components), I could use it again, turns out there was too much dust in the DIMM slots. I reinstalled windows on the linux drive that I didn't really use so I could edit the autoexec.bat file to change the bootloader, but installed windows on the wrong hard drive losing ALL the data. I then decided to download the most recent version of windows XP Pro 64bit edition and used that and installed all the drivers, then try and find endless amounts of undelete software that'll actually work. I kept getting BSOD and had to reinstall windows about 3 times until it stayed proper.
I am trying to recover my files but it keeps on making my BIOS chip overheat (Moreso than normal) and my computer restarts, so to compensate I have a bag over it with some icecubes handy lol, but instead of thinking of any sort of cooling, I want to know how to sort this problem directly. Any ideas?
Also my Radeon 9800 keeps having garbled text in BIOS and stuff, and in windows there's a wierd pink graphic underlying some areas, and also in games that require Direct X, it messes about with the polygons making some really screwed up shapes. It used to be fixed by a little movement of the card, now even that doesn't work. Argh!