HARDWARE/SOFTWARE PROBLEM??????

  • jinbricks
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I'm having trouble figuring out the problem in my computer, I need help with this one....

At first, I thought it's the monitor thats going crazy since nothing is displayed everytime i turn it on so i tried using it with another cpu, but eventually it turned to be okay.
i guessed it might be the motherboard with the problem but then again i remembered that i just upgraded with a motherboard with built in video card so i ended up connecting the monitor to an external video card which i just connected to the board, and there it is display problem solved.

i thought i solved the problem but when i turn on the computer it reaches only the point where it lets you pick from this ones...
-start windows in safe mode
-start windows with command prompt
- etc....
everytime i choose any of these it automatically reboots..

tried reformatting the harddrive, booting through the optical drive(connected as master) but an error message appears which says
"DISK READ ERROR"...
what's the problem, help anyone???
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Usually you have to set the video card in the BIOS to onboard or external. The Auto setting usually doesn't work very well. The booting issue is probably due to the BIOS not being set to boot to the optical drive first.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

in myopinion u should check ur RAM!
upgrade ur RAM or change one of them! or both! check them all!
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Most of the time when a computer restarts at boot it's the ram like Khaled said, you might check the voltage on each dim of your ram and make sure they are set correctly, also do check the ram timing.
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Make sure that the black jumper in the back of your main hard drive is set to "MA" (MASTER) as abbreviated according to the schematics shown on top of your hard drive. (On the sticker at the bottom.) Any other drives that you have such as your CD-ROM, DVD-ROM must be placed as "SL" (SLAVE) as abbreviated on the back of them. (These abbriviated letterings are stamped in the metal or plastic part in the back, it can be hard to see, use a flashlight to get a good look at it. Those of you have different brand computers, need to get into the BIOS. First, when you first turn on the computer, the post boot screen will come on, look for where it will tell you what key to press to get into the BIOS. All systems are different, some are done by pressing the F2 key, or the F11 key, others are the DEL key. On Compaq and HP, uses the F11 key, Dells and other systems uses the F2 key. Bare bone systems uses the DEL key. Once you are in the BIOS, you need to find the section on the Boot Order. Make sure the the HDD is placed as the first boot priority before any others in the listing, which means your main hard drive must be placed as a first boot device before any others that is listed.The boot order should be placed in the following order:



1. HDD (Hard Disk Drive)

2. CD-ROM

3. FDD or NET or the like. (The 3rd boot order can also be disabled by selecting it.)


Once you have the boot priority set, hit the ESC key and save the configuration. It should now boot to your main hard drive with the Windows loading on. Also, make sure there are no CDs or DVDs in your CD-ROM drive or the DVD-ROM drive before you start your computer! Good luck.

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