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Ok, this is my problem. My friends comp took a dump. A friend told her that it was definatelythe hard drive. I thought ok, lets find out how to replace it. But than was told by someone that it may be the a ram chip that's bad & to (think she has 4 chps?) And to rearrage them & or take them all out & try cking comp 1 by 1 to find the bad ram chip. Don't know if that makes sense to me but am willing to try that later today. Did try to reinstall Windows Xp & it just won't take it. That's the point where my friend told me that the Hard Drive was shot. NOt an expert in any way on computer, but want to help as $$ is tight. Can anyone here help me??

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There is a way of testing harddrives and RAM using the manufacturers diagnostic tools, you would have to go to the harddrive manufacturers website and download the utility then burn it to a CD.
You can also download a whole bunch of diagnostic tools and burn it to a CD using whats known as "The Ultimate Boot CD". There is plenty of help and instructions on the UBCD web site:
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
You will need a computer that has a CD burner installed and the ability to make a bootable CD, you will also have to change the setup of your friends computer so that it boots from the CD first and not the harddrive, by carrying out the diagnostic tests hopefully you can identify the faulty part easier and avoid buying something you don't need.

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Seems out of date.runs slow bought from a friend they kept in closet seems to work ok i had to reboot it once it has ran ok since affraid to do to much dont want to crash it.


The best trick for speeding this thing up, killing the malware and any viruses is to use their (Make A Restoration Disc) Feature.
You will then have everything set up exactly the way it was the day your friend bought it.
Remember that this system has the slower AMD 3800+ so it won't be as fast as a dual core PC. When I get one of these in my shop I do 2 things to speed it up. First I add ram, 4 gigs total is best, then I turn off the onboard Video and add a new Video card with 512 megs of video ram or better.
Your PC has an AM2 socket, so a simple CPU upgrade will make your rig absolutely scream with speed. Just buy a new dual core AMD AM2 cpu. I will provide a link for you below.

Link:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=ADO5000IAA5DO&cat=CPU

Your PC has these components:

Key Specs
Processor: 2.4GHz Athlon 64 3800+
Memory: 1GB DDR2
Storage: 160GB hard drive
Optical Drives: Double-layer DVD±RW
Monitor: None
Graphics: Integrated nVidia GeForce 6100/nForce 430 MCP
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Basic

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I had a bad virus on my dell 8200. My friend took


Since your 'friend' took everything out of your hard drive you'll need a Windows CD (XP, VISTA). Without installing Windows back onto your system you're out of luck.

I would hope your friend has a copy of Windows he can use to restore your computer to a working order. If not, keep him as far away from your computer as possible!!

If you can't find a copy of Windows to install you'll have to purchase a copy at a retail store or perhaps online at TigerDirect.com or NewEgg.com.

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My comp crashed recently, i've changed the hard drive and now can't load an OS onto it. we've tried 3 different versions of xp and vista and four different discs, any suggestions?


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Powers on lights come hard drive light blinks once no boot


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HP 750 desktop pc won't boot up...?


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Thank you for contacting Fixya. If its loading operating system then there is no problem with hard drive. Its absolutely a software problem. Please reinstall a fresh copy of Operating system i.e., Windows Xp / Vista whatever. and install the proper drivers for the system. Hopefully it should work. Again if same problem occur then you need to check the RAM. I mean is the system re-boots again and again hten clean the RAM slots or insert the RAM in other RAM slot. There may be some dust inside the slot. Try these steps. Hopefully it should work. Thank you......

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Hard drive problems. Technical imformation (0x00000024) (ox00190444,0x860cDEE8.0x00000000)


ok my friend

go to safe mode
disable every security system (antivirus or antispyware).
run defragmentation on ur C drive

by RIGHT clicking on my computer and then select manage
select disk defragmenter and continue

at the end

go to start
go to run
type cmd
hit ok
type this command
Chkdsk /f /r
hit enter

reboot the computer

hope that will fix it

cheers

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laptop does not post: (then it is a hardware problem)
· try the following first.check battery is seated correctly and that the power pack is functioning,
· if the battery has gone flat and the power pack is not working ,the laptop will not start.
· Remove any hardware you may have installed prior to you having the problem.
· remove the screw(s) holding the cover plate on the back of the laptop where the ram lives and remove the memory sticks,
· clean the gold edges both sides, with rubbing alcohol or a pencil eraser, and re-insert them, (not an ink eraser as it will do damage)
· swap them around if you have more than one,
· try one at a time.
· if you only have one, borrow one from a friend or try the ram in your friends laptop ,if that's possible, or
· get a friend or family member to download a "memory chip diagnostic's" program such as memcheck 1.70 and boot up of it ,it will check your ram ,if not
· take the ram to your local pc shop and ask them to check it for you (they may do that for you)
· if you can establish that the ram and power pack is ok, try a boot-able anti virus disc and a recovery /system disc's , if that don't work,
· it may be that the motherboard or the cpu is failing
· Generally a dead hard drive would not stop the laptop from posting.

good luck with that and let me know how you get on

Terry

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Hi your problem sounds more like a virus or something similar before you buy new hard drive try downloading spybot search and destroy.
When i had similar problems on friends comp using spybot solved the problem it is a free virus and spyware remover programme just type in a search engine spybot search and destroy
then download it then run it it will then scan everything on your hard drive and this should then list all viruses and spyware and allow you to remove them give it a try let me know how you get on.
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