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Blue Screen of Death

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#1 turndog2


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Posted 27 December 2011 - 03:29 PM

I just bought a desktop from somebody that they built a couple of years ago. They wanted to keep their hard drive, which I was fine with. I bought my own hard drive (IDE) and installed it. I don't have an operating system for it, but it seems like it's trying to boot some sort of windows program, and then it gives the blue screen of death. I have checked the ram connections, the hard drive connections, and all the rest as far as I can tell. Just recently it's started beeping and won't boot up at all. I'm fairly new at learning about the guts of computers, so be patient with me, and explain simply for a simple mind.

Edited by hamluis, 29 December 2011 - 10:32 AM.
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#2 DJBPace07


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Posted 27 December 2011 - 04:02 PM

Which drive did they take? Taking C: would result in a non-operational computer, but if the computer is trying to load software from the drive they took and it isn't there, that could cause a problem. Is the operating system on your old IDE drive?



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Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:17 AM

Have you tried reseating the ram?

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 10:31 AM

FWIW: If you installed a new hard drive (unformatted, no O/S) into a system...then there should be no way that you get a BSOD, since BSODs are Windows errors.

If you installed a hard drive from a different system, that's just asking for problems, since the drivers and settings from a different system...are likely to be totally different.

BIOS beep codes...are not dependent on Windows and indicate a fundamental hardware problem.

We seem to be missing "the rest of the story", IMO.


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