okay, I have two problems, the first of which is much more important to me. I will first explain the two problems, then I will explain the circumstances under which the problems arose, then I will list as much details about my system as possible in case they are relavant.
Problem 1: When I boot up my computer, it goes to the initial compaq screen where you can enter setup or just let windows boot, then it goes to another black screen that says:
Master Boot Record Error
Press a key
When I press a key, it takes a few seconds and then loads Windows properly. The first few times this happened, my computer was being ungodly slow and in the control panel> system window it couldn't tell me what proccessor I had or how much memory I had. It was late and I went to bed. Today, it does the same boot record thing, only once windows loads, it appears to operate just fine. It works quickly, and system window displays my system stats just fine. Nothing appears to be wrong with my computer. So my question is, one, is there really something wrong with my computer, and if not, how do I get rid of that error message at startup. This is my first problem and the one I would most like to get helped.
This happened before problem 1. In fact Problem 1 only began to occur when I fixed problem 2. When I boot up, I got this message:
A system fan is damaged
Service PC to avoid further damage to system
That message is probably paraphrased, I don't remember the exact wording, but that is about what it said, nothing more specific. Well, I was starting up with the panel removed from my case so I could observe that every fan was working. I had just switched my system to a new case with new fans that plugged in to the system differently, so it didn't take me long to realize that my computer was recognizing that the connector on my motherboard for the old fan was not occupied. So to fix the problem for the time being, I simply took the fan off my old case and plugged it into my motherboard, setting it aside while I booted my computer up with the panel still removed. After that the message went away of course, but that's the precise moment Problem 1 appeared. Anyhow, my question regarding Problem 2 is this: How do I tell my computer to disable that fan connector so I can take the fan out, close my computer, and boot it up without the system insisting that the nonexstant fan is damaged? It seems like that should be an easy fix, but I looked all around windows and windows help, and even went through my BIOS to see if there was an option, but didn't find anything that seemed to help.
Okay, so between the computer working fine and the emergence of Problems 1 and 2, here is what changed:
I took my system out of it's stock case and into a new case. Obviously that means my front panel connectors changed, as did my power supply, but that's it. I also installed Hauppage's WinTV-150 PVR Tuner card. It appeared to install flawlessly, although I haven't checked it out since I'm dealing with these other issues. Now, for the specifics of my system:
Computer: Compaq Presario SR2163WM
Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate
CPU: Pentium 4 631 3.0 Ghz
Motherboard: manufacturer: ECS
name: RC415ST-HM (I cannot find this product on ECS's website)
HP/Compaq motherboard name: Alhena5-GL6
You can find all the support information about this computer at: Compaq Presario SR2163WM Support Page
The upgrades I have made:
New Case: Antec NSK2400 (Media Center Style Case)
Installed 1GB Ram in addition to the stock 512MB
Installed Haupagge's WinTV-150 PVR Tuner card
Installed a 200GB hardrive that I had laying around from a previous computer
Installed a new LG DVD burner
The stock DVD burner is also installed into the case, but I don't currently have it connected to the PSU or the motherboard because with this case my stock ribbon cable isn't long enough (I need the one cable to connect both the stock DVD writer and the spare harddrive, and the new case puts the two drives too far away from each other.)
So that should be all the relevant specs, and probably some irrelevant ones. Please, if anyone could help with either of these problems, especially Problem 1, I would greatly appreciate it.
Oh, and if it matters (probably not), I'll be using my Macbook to get on this forum and try to find other help. I'm not using my problem computer except to work on a fix.