|So I tore it apart and realized my other computers all have IDE hard drives and this is a SATA...and the other motherboards don't have the SATA connectors. |
I put it all back together (I cleaned the heat sinks and fans) and then turned it back on, and it started up...just to the HP start screen, then it went blue, like it was going to load Windows, but it stopped and wouldn't continue. The HDD light was on solid. I shut it off, then back on, and got the reboot message again.
I checked all the cables and everything is in tight. I know they never opened it up or anything to mess with the cables before, and I know that movement can jar them loose, but I don't think it's a matter of the cables being loose.
So I unplugged the cables and plugged them back in. And it booted again, but only to that blue screen and then nothing. it is sitting a the blue screen, and this time the hdd light is not on. any suggestions? I have a feeling that if I shut it off, it's going to give me the reboot message again....
OMG don't judge me!