Posted 18 January 2011 - 06:45 PM
Hello, I am a new member, though I have been brought here when I've googled problems in the past. Unfortunately, there's so many things happening that they could be unrelated or it could be 1 giant problem. I can't find anything on it so here I am.
First off, here are all my specs I can think to give:
Windows XP(Fully updated)
Old emachine (T3410)
AMD Sempron 3400+ Processor
160GB HDD (IDE)
512MB DDR(Came with) and 1GB DDR(Upgraded 1yr ago) 400MHz (PC-3200)
NVIDIA GeForce 6100 GPU(Built in MoBo)(Fully updated drivers)
48x CD-RW/DVD drive
Hooked into Samsung 40" 1080p TV by S-VGA
Now I'll start my problems:
First, my screen would intermitently get a blue tint to it. Computer would still function normally.
-Tried regular PC monitor and different VGA. I still had the problem.
-I searched google and found other people with my video card had the same problem. Most claimed a new video card would fix it.
But then, when I went to turn my computer on, it would get to the loading windows screen and get a quick BSOD, then it would automatically resart itself. It would keep doing this.
-I can't get the whole message, but the BS said UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME.
-I'm not 100% sure what that is and the microsoft website explanation didn't help.
-Friend told me to run chkdsk because he thought it was the hard drive.
-Unfortunately, I couldn't get the command prompt to come up. I have an emachines system recovery disk. Is that the same thing as the Windows startup disk.
Now the mother of all problems. Now, when I turn it on, it doesn't show anything anymore.
-All fans are spinning at a fast speed like when you first turn on the computer but they do not slow down.
-The power button lights up when I turn the computer on and it will shut it off when I hold it for a few seconds.
-The yellow hard drive light in front of the computer goes on once when it starts up and then nothing.
-Because the fans keep spinning and the power light stays on, there is no indication of the computer restarting itself.
I have shared all I know and believe to be relevant. I know it is an old, slightly crappy machine but it has performed well enough for me. Also, if it isn't my hard drive that went, I have important and valuable stuff on there(pics, music, school, etc.). A video card couldn't have caused the above problems, could they? My other guesses are hard drive or motherboard. I highly doubt it is a software issue because nothing has been added and the latest video driver was on there long before any problems showed up. But, I am in no way an expert and I do not know what symptoms can be caused by what. Hopefully, with my long story of what happened, someone out there can shed some light on the subject.
Thanks for reading!