won't power on anymore
Posted 02 February 2005 - 08:19 AM
Posted 02 February 2005 - 11:21 AM
if it's not XP (or even if it is), you can use a win98 boot up floppy disk, and see if the computer can actually boot up at all. If not, there is a hardware problem. If it boots from the floppy, you still might not be able to access the hard drive if it's formatted as NTFS... the dos bootup disk will say terrible things, like you may have a virus, it can't find a hard drive, etc... because dos can't read the NT file structure.
So, the floopy boot will at least tell you if the motherboard and memory are ok
the XP cd bootup and repair will see if the harddrive is still good
Posted 02 February 2005 - 11:29 AM
Posted 02 February 2005 - 12:11 PM
I DON'T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS NO POWER TO THE CPU. EVERYTHING IS PLUGGED IN AND WE EVEN BOUGHT A NEW POWER SUPPLY FOR IT AND IT STILL WON'T TURN ON! I AM THINKING THAT IF IT WERE THE HARD DRIVE, IT WOULD STILL POWER ON, JUST NOT USEFUL, WHAT ELSE COULD HAVE HAPPENED?
Posted 02 February 2005 - 12:53 PM
Any Addon cards (Sound, Network)
!!!(Make note on where everything goes since you need to put them back just the way they are now)!!!
Now reset evreything but the Addon cards, if the computer will boot turn off and add one card at a time in the same place that there were at. If the computer cant then there must have been a spike or a brownout and the motherboard, or CPU is bad. To get the pic back just remove the harddrive and place it in another system with a CD/DVD burner in it and back them up along with any other data. Hope that this helps.
Edited by DHooper, 20 February 2005 - 02:48 AM.
Posted 02 February 2005 - 01:56 PM
Thanks, I'll let ya know tomorrow what happened.
Posted 02 February 2005 - 07:25 PM
As dhooper said, you can put the harddrive in another xp computer as the secondary drive, and copy the photos over to the main drive.... but, only if the problem with the computer happened during a non-critical phase of the defrag... if everything stopped right in the middle of the defrag, you may also have a non-readable harddrive now, as well
The only thing I can think of is the defrag put the mb under too much stress... perhaps the cpu fan stopped, or some other series of events that led to a great deal of heat which then fried the mb...
Let us know what you figure out
Posted 02 February 2005 - 08:58 PM
Posted 03 February 2005 - 02:03 AM
Posted 03 February 2005 - 08:19 AM
Posted 03 February 2005 - 10:28 AM
We have all of our family photos on this computer. HelpPatti
Sorry to hear that it may be fried. Possibly not though, as my second pc had it's cpu fan start to run ragged then stop. Could boot up, but pc would freeze within minutes. Took covers off, booted pc and that's where I found the problem with the fan. Thought I fried the processor as this thing ran for a while like that. A new fan cured the problem and pc has been working since. Possibly with the motherboard you have, there's a fail safe which detects the fan not running and shuts pc down to the point it will not boot. A new PS wouldn't help here. Doesn't preclude the fact that more than the fan has been fried. Just wanted to let you know it's possible.
Recommend a UPS if you leave PC on. Not just for the ability to shut down in an power outage, but as a way to provide a clean a/c supply.
If you absolutely need to recover your drive, I know of a company that will do it at a rate that is far below most others. No recovery, no charge. They did a drive for one of the local newspaper guys. Let me know and I will PM the URL to you. If you can get another pc (out of warranty), you might try installing drive as a slave and see if your data is recoverable.
Posted 03 February 2005 - 01:41 PM
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