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#1 spidey867

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 04:22 PM

I'm not really sure when this problem started happening, or why, but it seems my computer is dead.

Here's the problem: Whenever I boot, the system hangs up at the processor screen, before the Windows XP (Service Pack 2). I think it runs completely through its start-up processes, because sometimes I hear the Windows login audio, but I have no way of knowing for sure because I am only left to stare that the CoreCell screen. This happens about 85% of the time I try to boot up my computer. !0% of the time, I don't even make it to the processor screen, and it sounds like my DVD drive is spinning on and off. The remaining 5% of the time, it boots normally, and I fear shutting it down because I might never make it back onto my desktop.

The last time I did make it to my desktop, I defragmented my hard drive, as sort of a stress test. It passed, but I'm not really sure that I accomplished anything. It's gotten to the point where I just decided to back everything up with the hope of reformatting everything and installing Ubuntu until I can have my Windows XP disc mailed up to me, but my problems only worsen there. I can't boot from the Live CD, because it seems that my DVD drive doesn't want to read anything now.

Is there any way I can run a diagnostic to find out what is going on, without needing to make it past that initial processor screen?

I appreciate your help. If you'd like any additional information, I'll do the best I can to supply you with what I know.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 04:54 PM

Hi, :thumbsup:.

Just to clarify...your optical drive won't read anything (music, program, data, O/S bootable)?

Just a bad idea...but do you have access to another system where you can switch components out for a few minutes of testing?

System manufacturer and model?

When did the problems begin (approximate timeframe)?

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 05:07 PM

Yeah, as far as I can tell, nothing I put into the optical drive works, although I haven't been able to reach my desktop in order to put in some music to see if that would work. I can rule out O/S bootables, that's the only thing I've tried. The last time I was on my desktop, I checked the Device Manager, and it said the DVD drive was working properly. I really don't think it is though.

Unfortunately, the problem PC is the desktop and the only other system I have is a laptop. I purchased all of the components myself and my neighbor put it together for me. I'd like to say that it started having problems a month or so ago at the most, but they seem more persistent now, as I used to be able to actually make it to my desktop more frequently when the problem first started happening.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 10:50 AM

So, am I out of luck?

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 11:09 AM

I can't see any way out of this without spending a bit of cash. I'd suggest getting a cheap DVD drive from a place where you can return it if necessary - then trying that in your system. If it works, then we're on our way to a fix. If it doesn't work, then there's probably more serious issues than just a bad DVD drive.
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 11:29 AM

I would also remove the hard drive from the desktop...slave it via USB enclosure to a known good system and run chkdsk /r and defrag on it. May not do much good, but it's better than doing nothing, IMO.

About the only other consideration I would venture would be to download a hard drive diagnostic and run it from the known good system on the troubled system hard drive. Generally, I don't do a disk diagnostic unless chkdsk /r cannot function properly or the drive exhibits problems which I know are beyond any chkdsk attempt. This would give a much better indication of the drive's status than...any defrag operation.

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