Computer hardware brain teaser

December 25, 2010 at 21:43:03
Specs: Windows 7, n/a
So here is the story:

My computer's internet stopped working. I installed a new Ethernet card and that didn't solve the problem so I reinstalled windows and it fixed the problem. A couple of boots later Windows 7 would not launch so I came to the conclusion that it was the HD going bad. My older computer's power supply stopped working so I tried using that HD in my computer.

Can I not do that? Windows would not launch even in safe mode as it kept restarting over and over never reaching the windows loading screen.

Does it sound like the HD still being bad or something else like the motherboard? I'm probably going to run to the store and pick up another HD and reinstall windows but I don't want to have to waste my time if I can just get this other HD to work (which also has all my old files on it).

Thanks! Merry x mas :)

Edit: It recognizes the old HD in the loading screen under primary.

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December 25, 2010 at 22:22:18
It will see the old hard, or different ,drive but wont load or run windows because when it was setup during the original installation windows configured itself to that machine.

Might try a repair install.

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December 25, 2010 at 22:27:25
Ohh i see. Can i slave that hd so i can get the files out instead of having to fix my old computers power supply?

Yeah the repair wouldn't work ran it a million times.

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December 26, 2010 at 08:17:12
You can slave the old drive to access the files (not the operating system or programs). You can leave the drive in place for additional storage space.

To check the hard drive in the newer computer you can run a hard drive fitness test to determine if the drive is failing.

With the little bit of information about your newer computer I can't determine what the issue might be. Could be most anything. Post the make and model or if custom built the motherboard model and other specs. Include the model number of the power supply from the new computer as well.

Is the inside of your case full of dust/dirt? If so, blow out using canned or compressed air. DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner.

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January 27, 2011 at 17:52:05
Crazyness. I had everything working when I reinstalled everything to another hard drive. This was a custom built computer with an ASUS A8N-SLI Delux.

One of the heatsinks on the motherboard (silver one in the middle left of the motherboard) is getting really hot as that fan doesn't work anymore. Maybe the cause of the problem. No dust... and the power supply is an ANTEC can't see the model number though.

Just the other day the same problem came up again where it get stack at the Windows 7 starting windows loading screen. How can this change to a new HD fix the problem but the problem still came back? Something to do with the motherboard messing up the HD? That seems too farfetched.

If it is the power supply how did changing the HD fix the problem. If it is the motherboard the same question arises. I guess somehow the motherboard or power supply is destroying this other HD as well??? What should I do? Make another computer or try to fix it.

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January 27, 2011 at 17:58:15
Well I just ripped the heatsink off the motherboard (not the CPU heatsink) so Idk what the hell im going to do now lol

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February 2, 2011 at 19:49:01
Why did you do that?

Were you trying to remove the dead fan?

That heat sink definitely must be in place. How was it attached? Were the plunger pins on the corners or what?

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February 3, 2011 at 18:17:32
Lol yeah... some plastic pins on the corners... And yeah my dad turned the computer on on accident and I believe fried it... Oh well going to make a new computer... if you have any suggestions. :( thanks.

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