Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive IDE,SATA
the leads from your (motherboard to your hard drive) make sure they have secure dust free connections and are not faulty
if its a 40 pin flat ribbon type it will be the first to fail
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd and floppy have secure connections and are not faulty
even something as small as a faulty electrical fan and its lead can cause you problems
computers need all power and data to continue through every working device and to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error
Check your RAM.
The RAM is located in the middle of the motherboard.
There are tabs that you can push to release the RAM.
Remove it and put it back in place until the tabs pop out.
Loose RAM can cause your computer not to start properly where you want to see a video signal.
Remove the memory modules from their slots.
Take the opportunity to clean the slots on the motherboards and the memory module connectors.
Use compressed air to blow dust away and clean contacts with a soft cloth.
Do not use a metallic vacuum cleaner if it touches any component it may create a short and cause damage to the motherboard or other components.
Do not use solvent that may attract dust and never poke things like cotton buds in to slots, lightly rub alcohol (Methylated Spirits) on a cloth not to hard let the alcohol do the work on the copper gold or silver tabs and r
Allow the pins to dry.
They will air dry in a matter of minutes.
If reseating the memory did not resolve the issue try swapping the location of the memory.
Make sure your graphics card is securely seated with no dust built up or in the socket
if you remove your graphics check the socket to make sure its dust free
Restart your computer then reinstall it this should activate found new hardware wizard
Check the vga lead for secure dust free connection or try another vga lead.
Much more info needed if anyone is to give suggestions. Do you mean memory as in the RAM of the system or a memory accessory such as a thumb drive?
Does this happen before the Operating System starts or after? If this is happening while the BIOS is loading try unplugging all accessories except the keyboard. If it hangs at the same time as earlier then take out your RAM and reinstalling it if you think this problem has to do with the memory.
Computer sees the drive. That is important. I'm assuming this uses a standard IDE cable and the drive isn't physically damaged. Make sure it is the only drive connected and it is the Master. Try flipping the cable if you have checked that the connection has a snug fit. Put the connector that you had the hard drive originally on and place it on the motherboard and the connection that the motherboard had insert it in the hard drive.Or better yet try a new cable. IDE cables have a tendency to fail. You could also try some recovery software. Maxtor is now part of Seagate so you can try here: http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/
If you absolutely have to get data off this drive and you are desperate, then you could try the freezer trick. Put a dry towel and hard drive in the freezer for an hour or 2. Take the hard drive out and wrap it with the cold dry towel. That is to try and minimize any condensation build up. Plug in the hard drive and see if it works. This could potentially kill the hard drive but I have recovered data using this method before. If this works for you do not depend on this drive anymore. Good luck.
When your computer won't boot there are several things that could be wrong. The first that is most common is a virus got on your computer and corrupted the OS. The second is the Hard Drive is failing and the third would be bad drivers or program got installed.
I would first reboot your computer and right before the Windows loading screen comes up, hit F8 every half a second until a menu comes up. The first thing on the menu to try is Boot Windows in the Last Known Good Configuration. If that doesn't work repeat the process and try booting in Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Network Connectivity. If your computer won't boot after trying each one, there is a possibility that there are hardware issues or the OS is to corrupt to start. If this is the case you will need to take it in for an IT Professional to look at. If you can get it to boot, then scan for viruses with a program called ComboFix from bleepingcomputers.com then make sure that you uninstall any recent programs.
Check that you hooked up all the power supply connections. Try a new motherboard battery as the old one may be dead and the bios is not working. You are evidently not getting a post beep signaling that the cpu, ram, video are good.
There are some possibilities through you can increase performance and solve ur hanging problem. 1. Open command prompt and type chkdsk and press Enter. after few seconds it will ask for Y/N and type Y and press Enter. 2. Type defrag c: -f and press enter. It ill defrag your c drive. 3.Click on Start>All Programs>Accessories>System tools>desk Cleanup and it will scan the temp files and will delete them after clicking on OK after scanned. 4. otherwise needs to upgrade the RAM.
Restart your computer
During the boot process you
will see on the screen a certain key to press usually the Delete or F2 to enter
setup this may vary depending on your computers bios other possible keys F10
Acer: - Ctrl +Alt +Esc
ALR PC: (F2) or (Ctrl)(Alt)Esc)
AMI BIOS: (Del), (F1) or (F2)
AST, Advantage, Award, Tandon: - Ctrl + Alt + Esc
Award BIOS: (Del) or (Ctrl)(Alt)(Esc)
Press and hold that key
during the boot up process to enter BIOS using the arrow keys navigate
failsafe defaults or load optimized
defaults press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
You will need to type motherboard name ID and the cpu
Upgrading to more modern operating
systems depends on the type of processor in the computer.
One of the main differences between
the two systems is that a 32-bit operation requires either a 32-bit or 64-bit
processor, while a 64-bit version must have at least a 64-bit processor.
The operating system will register
different on each computer that is running the platform. When a user clicks on
the Start button, they can go to the Control Panel, followed by the System and
Maintenance tab and click on System.
This will show whether the computer
is running a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system