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Posted 10 September 2013 - 09:53 PM
Posted 11 September 2013 - 05:10 AM
to the Bleeping Computer forum.
At the opening screen, I get the opening HP screen, but it has stripes. I go into BIOS and the menus are striped.
My assumption is one of the memory sticks got loosed from it's slot when you played with the HDD. Please remove the memory modules and use a pencil rubber to clean it's gold plated contacts. After making sure the contacts are clean and shining, inset them to the slots. If there is more than one module, connect one at a time. Now try to boot the system.
Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:48 AM
Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:24 AM
Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:35 AM
Glad to know that you are finally able to boot the system normally .
First of all, connecting two drives as master and slave won't create any performance reduction. Each IDE port is designed to handle two drives at a time. Considering the old age of your PC, my primary suspicion is a bad optical drive. It's reading lens might be faulty or covered by dirt. Before doing any other thing, try cleaning the reading eye with a special drive cleaning kit. Using a cleaning kit is safe and easy.
If that didn't works, my next step would be is to replace the the IDE cable with a good quality 80 wire ribbon cable.
If that also didn't works, your drive will be faulty and needs to be replaced.
Posted 11 September 2013 - 02:55 PM
Posted 11 September 2013 - 03:27 PM
Posted 12 September 2013 - 04:54 AM
Please try the memory isolation test as i described. Remove memory stick from slot 1 and check how the system works. If it shows blue screens/lines, remove the module in slot 2 and try the other one which we first removed. Check whether the issue happens only with a specific module.
Posted 12 September 2013 - 03:25 PM
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