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I installed a new maxtor drive and replaced the 256, and 500MB memory with 2 1G Memory cards.
I believe i didnt enter everything correctly in the bios screen upon initial power up bc i doubled pressed esc accidentally during configuration. Upon 2nd power up after this the computer was frozen.. 3rd power up everything worked fine for hours however the computer froze. It has frozen 2x within the past 5 hours since then.
I called it to help, it appears that they didnt do anything but check the drives however now my computer keeps restarting every couple minutes. It does stay on however in safe mode.
Escape means that the changes were not saved.
Concerning the hd, it is possible to download a tool to verify its integrity. You can choose the version (bootable would be the best).
And for the memory stick, you could use the memtest86+ to verify if it is not the problem. I bought 2 memory sticks of 1 Gb each and there was one in problem. I had to test them individually, and found out the one was not good, after 8 hours of test.
Again, a bootable version is better.
Posted on Sep 04, 2008
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Maybe your memory is bad or the memory slot is bad.
Remove the Power Cord, Open the Case and remove one of the
memory chips. Set the chip aside then try rebooting the computer.
If it boots, then you know the memory chip you set aside is bad so mark an x on
it with an ink pen. If it fails to boot then move the chip to the next
memory slot and try rebooting. If it fails take the chip out and set it
aside, then put the other chip in and try booting it in both slots. If it
boots, just to verify that the chip set aside is bad, mark an x on it and put
it into the open memory chip slot and try booting.
Diagnostic Lights CAUTION: Before you begin any of the procedures in this section, follow the safety instructions located in the Product Information Guide. To help you troubleshoot a problem, your computer has four lights labeled "1," "2," "3," and "4"on the front or back panel. The lights can be off or green. When the computer starts normally, the patterns or codes on the lights change as the boot process completes. When the computer starts normally, the patterns or codes on the lights change as the boot process completes. If the POST portion of system boot completes successfully, all four lights display solid green. If the computer malfunctions during the POST process, the pattern displayed on the LEDs may help identify where in the process the computer halted.
NOTE: The orientation of the diagnostic lights may vary depending on the system type. The diagnostic lights can appear either vertical or horizontal.
The computer is in a normal "off" condition, or a possible pre-BIOS failure has occurred.
The diagnostic lights are not lit after the computer successfully boots to the operating system.
Plug the computer into a working electrical outlet and press the power button.
A possible BIOS failure has occurred; the computer is in the recovery mode.
Run the BIOS Recovery utility, wait for recovery completion, and then restart the computer.
A possible processor failure has occurred.
Reinstall the processor and restart the computer.
Memory modules are detected, but a memory failure has occurred.
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