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Computer not working, any ideas?

Postby bort on Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:45 pm

Lo gang,

Mrs. b's computer has given up the ghost. It made a couple of loud bangs and now when you switch it on, it boots up and looks like it is loading windows but then goes to a blank screen except for a badly rendered mouse that doesn't move and some random red pixels on the left hand side of the monitor. Nothing else happens after that and you have to pull the power cable out of the back to turn it off.

Any ideas what might have caused it? Power supply, graphics card, motherboard, hard drive?

It was a Compac Pressario and had an Nvidia 8600 in it.

Also, second question: The most important thing is the stuff on the hard drive, photos etc. Would I be able to take it out of her computer and plug it into mine to recover the data, even though I'm on XP and she had Vista basic on hers?

Cheers,

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Re: Computer not working, any ideas?

Postby Kaelan002 on Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:16 pm

In regards to the files:
Yes, you can do exactly that.
It doesn't matter that they are different versions of windows as they both use the same file system (ntfs)
The only problem you could have is if the drive uses the IDE interface (older) and your computer uses SATA (newer) or vice versa but you will be able to tell simply because the connectors are completely different (Ide: big row of pins, sata: short, thin plastic tab with copper strips)

EDIT: You could even boot her system and configuration on your computer using the drive and use it exactly like if it was her machine, just press f12/f6/f9/enter (it varies) during your bios start-up and select her drive to boot from.
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Re: Computer not working, any ideas?

Postby Alienware_M2 on Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:21 pm

Mrs. b's computer has given up the ghost. It made a couple of loud bangs and now when you switch it on, it boots up and looks like it is loading windows but then goes to a blank screen except for a badly rendered mouse that doesn't move and some random red pixels on the left hand side of the monitor. Nothing else happens after that and you have to pull the power cable out of the back to turn it off.


- Check the motherboard if everything is okay. (something damaged?) "If it's looks good",
- Try to replace another graphic card and monitor. (easy to replace for try) "If the problem still the same",
- Try to install Windows on another hard drive. "If the problem still the same"
- Try to replace another motherboard.

Let's see if this fixes the problem.



Also, second question: The most important thing is the stuff on the hard drive, photos etc. Would I be able to take it out of her computer and plug it into mine to recover the data, even though I'm on XP and she had Vista basic on hers?


No problem, plug it into your computer and you can copy all the photos etc. to your hard drive or external hard drive. (If the hard drive is not damaged. :| )
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Re: Computer not working, any ideas?

Postby syco cocker on Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:15 am

If its got onboard graphics remove the GPU & plug into the board at least you can then rule out one thing, the bangs could well be PSU one or more of the lines might have failed.
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Re: Computer not working, any ideas?

Postby bort on Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:25 pm

Thanks so much for the replies. I have a go at some of your suggestions. Hopefully I can recover the data. Cheers!
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Re: Computer not working, any ideas?

Postby bort on Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:26 am

It was the graphics card. I took it out and it's working now. Thank god for that. It was an nvidia 8600 that came with my old pc so no real loss. At least it wasn't something more complicated. Thanks for the help!
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Re: Computer not working, any ideas?

Postby Alienware_M2 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:26 am

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