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Failed Hardeware and the OS


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#1 Booh-kitty

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 08:49 PM

So I've recently been having some problems. Not sure if it's fixed or not.........

The integrated graphics card on my computer went bad, probably due the failed heat sink fan problem a few months ago.

So I got a new graphics card and it works again, but I had to re-install the OS. I asked one of my geek friends if it's possible that to corrupt the OS files with failed hardware. She said this could happen, but her specialty is writing software.

It wouldn't launch the OS after putting in the graphics card and none of the fixes worked. So I tried re-installing. I'm worried that the motherboard may be shot, but right now it seems to be working okay.

what do you guys think?

Edited by Booh-kitty, 04 January 2011 - 08:51 PM.

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#2 FrankOtheMountaiN

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:19 PM

You say it's working ok....
Does that mean that you don't have a problem now,
or are you just referring to the motherboard?

I'll assume that you mean motherboard.

So just asking here...

Did you set the bios to boot to your card instead of the onboard(rip)port?

Also, I had a similar problem once, then I realized that the new graphics card needed
to have a power cable plugged into the motherboard. Doh.

Edited by FrankOtheMountaiN, 04 January 2011 - 09:30 PM.


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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:31 PM

Right now, everything is working fine. But I've been told that weird things can start happening when the motherboard goes bad.

The heat sink fan DID quit working several months ago, so I'm just being cautious I guess. I've already been looking for prices on a new one just in case. I just talked to another friend, a hardware geek. He said that hardware failure can corrupt the os files. After putting in the graphics card, I had to re-install Windows to get it working again. Thankfully for me, I own my own installation disks!
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:33 PM

I was told that the bios would automatically detect the new graphics card. I thought I would have to change the default graphics in the Bios, but I didn't have to. And that's a really good thing because before changing the card, I couldn't see anything on the monitor! Yikes! That would be a nightmare!
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:34 PM

Well it's not entirely healthy to have fried dead parts hanging around on your main board.
I would get a new mainboard, or one on ebay.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:36 PM

All of the error codes identified the graphics. Do you still think I should worry?
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:36 PM

The processor fan going bad on my 1st computer is what made me learn all about PCs, and it never stopped!

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:38 PM

Well, you cant be worried too much if you wiped the whole system.
Only real worry is losing data and time spent reinstalling/configuring.

I have run computers a long time that have had major problems....
Be safe and get a back up main board.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:43 PM

I started learning about them when I got my first laptop. I bought a warranty for it. After having it, like MAYBE two whole weeks, it was already bleeping up!

When I took it in, I asked LOTS of questions. It turned out, all they were going to do was a hard system restore, which I now know is VERY EASY. They told me that if they continued with the process, i.e. if they hit the enter button, I would be charged $100. So I asked them what would happen if I hit the enter button??? They never answered me. I hit the enter button and walked out of the store determined to NEVER BUY ANOTHER WARRANTY AGAIN!!!! In the 4 fours since then, I have YET to pay someone to fix a computer for me!

Thank you very much!
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:55 PM

I learned a long time ago, BACK UP EVERYTHING!!! Got an external drive for that! Yes I did I did!
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:56 PM

Excellent! You either have the wonder in you, or you don't.
It's a great feeling to figure the stuff out yourself.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:58 PM

I have always wanted to know how everything works!

I laugh at the Geek Squad!!!! They won't get MY MONEY!!!
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:58 PM

Yes, I ghost everything now. (the whole drive image) It is the best plan, so you don't have to keep doing the same things over and over. If you get messed up, you can always go back to the last image. Always good to make many copies of things that you want to keep. Most people don't.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 10:02 PM

It's the same as with anything I do in graphics and 3D software,

SAVE OFTEN!!!!

I can't tell you how many times I've lost tremendous amounts of work because I didn't SAVE OFTEN!!!
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 10:08 PM

Yeah, I learned that early making music. Nothing like working on a song for a few hours, then see it vaporize...

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