Computer build help

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January 14, 2009 at 14:37:30
Specs: Windows Pro x64 sp2c, Intel q6600/Fatal1ty 2x 2gb dual channel dram
Well, this was my first build ever. I started it up installed windows everything went fine. When I connected to the internet, windows installed a update when I booted it up there were a lot of registry errors and my system was very slow. I fixed windows by choosing the repair option on the install disk. After that it was better but it wasn't as fast. Eventually it got slower and more unstable. It locked up pretty often and it got non-responsive even more! I did a registry clean-up using this software. Later it locked up as usual and I force re-booted. I started up again and there were no wireless or audio drivers. I restarted again and again and the same thing happened. I tried to repair it again but it was going much slower. When it was installing it said 39 min left 2 hours later same thing. So I wiped my hard drive and installed again this time I didn't use the quick option when formatting. It is taking FOREVER! when it rebooted it took 30sec just to detect the IDE drives. Now it says invalid disk drive error. Whats the problem?

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#1
January 14, 2009 at 16:25:43
You need to install your chipset drivers. If you have onboard video and sound, this will eliminate a lot of conflicts. Also do your updates after the drivers i.e. service packs. Make sure you don't have any conflicts in Device manager before you install a lot of programs.

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#2
January 14, 2009 at 16:40:17
I did. I only have on board sound I have a dedicated graphics card which I also installed my drivers for. all of them were up to date.
but right now what do i do. I wiped my hard drive.

So I wiped my hard drive and installed again this time I didn't use the quick option when formatting. It is taking FOREVER! when it rebooted it took 30sec just to detect the IDE drives. Now it says invalid disk drive error. Whats the problem?


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#3
January 14, 2009 at 16:49:23
You might try reseating the IDE cables or try a different cable. Are you using an 80 way cable, and do you have the jumpers configured correctly ? How many IDE hdd's do you have connected-it's better not to use the same cable for two hard drives.

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#4
January 14, 2009 at 17:10:04
I am using 1 IDE cable for a dvd drive.
I am using sata for the hard drive
Also it wont start up at all anymore. And I don't know what to set my jumpers to.
But that shouldn't cause this kind of instability would it?

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#5
January 14, 2009 at 17:19:06
If you have an sata hard drive, the sata mode should be set to ide in the bios. However, that wouldn't cause it not to start up anymore. That's more likely a psu problem.
What are the specs on your psu ?

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#6
January 14, 2009 at 17:22:40
I'm sorry for that crappy wording in the last post this is what I meant:


when it rebooted it took 30sec just to detect the IDE drives. Now it says invalid disk drive error. Whats the problem?


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#7
January 14, 2009 at 18:01:55
You don't get a corrupt registry on a clean install unless you're installing other stuff that you left out of your explanation? It's possible that you have bad RAM or as kx5m2g mentioned, you may have a bad power supply.

Three important rules to follow when building a PC:

1. always invest in a good power supply.
2. always benchtest the hardware before installing it in the case.
3. always test the RAM with memtest86, memtest86+ or Windows Memory Diagnostic BEFORE installing the OS.


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#8
January 14, 2009 at 18:17:13
yea I'm thinking it's ram, also how am I supposed to benchmark my componets before they're in the case.
and my power supply is fine. It's BFG so it's good quality.

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#9
January 14, 2009 at 19:31:04
"how am I supposed to benchmark my componets before they're in the case"

Not benchmark, bench TEST.

You simply assemble the parts on a table & fire it up. Not everything though, just the board, CPU, RAM, PSU & video...no drives or external devices are needed (except monitor & keyboard). By doing so, you can confirm all the parts are good, plus you can access the BIOS using the keyboard, configure all the settings for best performance & check the CPU temp. If there happens to be a problem with the CPU, it's much easier to remove the heatsink while the board's outside the case than when it's installed.

Once you're sure all is well, install the same parts in the case & test again. This confirms that you didn't damage anything or short anything out during the installation. If evrything checks out, THEN install the drives.

http://www.mechbgon.com/build/bench...

http://www.techsupportforum.com/har...


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#10
January 14, 2009 at 19:39:06
Everything was fine before I connected to the internet. and I've never heard about doing that before.

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#11
January 14, 2009 at 20:39:50
run memetest 86+ http://www.memtest86.com/ let it run for a few hours. that will tell you if RAM is the issue. I am thinking from what you are telling me its a HDD issue. Might need to look into sending it back as I have had similar errors and a new drive took care of it. but run Memtest to rule out RAM. Have you had a blue screen? if so post up the error message.

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#12
January 14, 2009 at 20:52:40
I tried running with an ISO since it wont boot into windows, but it won't boot and I got a invalid disk error. I'm thinking Its a hard disk error.

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#13
January 15, 2009 at 06:16:13
I'm not sure what you mean? All the memory diagnostic programs (memtest86, memtest86+, windows memory diagnostic) can be run from either a bootable floppy or a bootable CD. The ISO file itself isn't bootable...hopefully you're not just copying to disc without converting it? You have to burn it using a program such as ImgBurn.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_i...

You also have to have the boot order setup correctly in the BIOS.


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#14
January 15, 2009 at 09:03:22
I didn't use an ISO sorry I tried to do it from a flash drive and I know how to set boot priority, and I did it correctly.

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