I've used pcs for years and had my share of issues. I'm not a hardware person, I'm into 3d animation and art. But this latest batch of problems has me pulling my hair out and gnashing my teeth. I'm loosing it.
My pc startes up. Gets into windows xp sp2. When I open a game or program it cashes the software. Then randomly it restarts the pc. I'm not in control here. Sometimes, when the PC feels like it, it gives me an error on boot that my startup files are corrupt and need to be repaired. So I repair it and.. get the same error. Is my PC f'sckin with me?
I dl'ed the Ultimate Boot CD and ran the Dell Diagnostic proggy.
Everything passes but the HD read test; it doesn't give me an error
just freezes up and needs to be hard reset.
Ok, I can understand a dead drive - it happens. Life goes on. WRONG.
So I put a brand spanking new HD in and I get the same problem; Dell diagnostic freezes of HD read test.
I've run several scanners off the UBCD and they also hard crash on HD tests.
I have swapped out the IDE cable. Replaced the RAM. Set the CD as the primary master and the new HD as secondary master. Flashed the BIOS from A09 to A08 and baaaack to A09. Set the BIOS to default. Had 2 local tech stores run tests on it - with no results other than 'something' is wrong. Whats a guy gotta do to get this beast going? I'm seriously considering hireing a priest, buying holy water and looking for a virgin. (j/k)
Tyler Durden was right. The things you own end up owning you. Help me?
Get a new computer.. I have the same problem and done what you did and even got hold of a geck squad disk and it passes everything except "read hard drive" fails. But verifi hard drive Passes! Don't know what to do... Good luck..
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Press f2 to enter the BIOS while you see the Dell start up screen. Once in there you shoudl see an option to load BIOS defaults. Load defaults. This should take care of the issue. Are you sure that you replaced it with an approved CMOS batter, You cannot use a watch battery, even though they are the same size it won't work.
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if you don't have the cd with the drivers and utilities, then you can download the drivers online with another computer. (you will need a thumb drive or cd to save it on) you will also need to make sure you know what brand of ethernet card your computer came with. once you get that ethernet card working, you can get online and download the remaining drivers, possibly through windows update. be sure to select custom update, not express, so it will search for the hardware drivers for you.
I had the same issue and accidentally discovered a temporary solution. Unplug the power from the back of the machine, open the case and unplug the ATX power connection from the motherboard. With the ATX cable unplugged, plug the power cord back in. When you try to turn the computer back on the power light should turn orange and fans should be spinning, with it powered on plug the ATX connector back in. That should turn the computer off. Turn it back on and it should boot fine. You can even shutdown and restart, but when the power is unplugged you will have to go thru the same process to get it back up. This sounds crazy but it worked on mine. Good Luck!