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post #141 of 154
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Thanks. I did find it and got it reset. Still not installing. So far ruled out the bios, ram, and hard drive.
post #142 of 154
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Spent nearly 3 hours on the phone with microsoft tech support today and got nowhere. There's still the suspicion that it's the graphics card. I can install xp just fine. If I install XP, is there anything I can do to run diagnostics on the gpu to see if it works okay? I'd like to not have to buy a graphics card just to test if that's the problem.
post #143 of 154
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To add to my suspicion that it's the video card, I installed Vista Ultimate 64, and it seemed to work fine. I installed all the drivers, but once I installed the drivers for the video card, the computer stopped turning on. When I go to turn it on, the entire thing shuts off before windows starts. So unless anyone else has any ideas, I think I'm going to have to get a new video card.

I could use some recommendations for a card if you have any I should consider. I would prefer to get it from a company with a good return policy in case the video card doesn't change anything
post #144 of 154
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To add to my suspicion that it's the video card, I installed Vista Ultimate 64, and it seemed to work fine. I installed all the drivers, but once I installed the drivers for the video card, the computer stopped turning on. When I go to turn it on, the entire thing shuts off before windows starts. So unless anyone else has any ideas, I think I'm going to have to get a new video card.

I could use some recommendations for a card if you have any I should consider. I would prefer to get it from a company with a good return policy in case the video card doesn't change anything
Press F8 and boot into the advanced menu options. There you will find an option that says "Disable automatic restart on system failure"

Let me know if you get a message from that.
post #145 of 154
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Thanks. I'll give that a shot later when I get home and let you know. Either, I thought upgrading the video card might be good anyhow, so I'll be picking up a new one either way.
post #146 of 154
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Press F8 and boot into the advanced menu options. There you will find an option that says "Disable automatic restart on system failure"

Let me know if you get a message from that.
Just did it, and I only get the three options to start in Safe Mode or start normally.
post #147 of 154
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Just did it, and I only get the three options to start in Safe Mode or start normally.
That's odd.

Well let us know what happens when you get your new video card.
What kind of video card is it by the way?
post #148 of 154
dude trust me it the hard drive enable smart in the bios it will tell you the if the drive is bad
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post #149 of 154
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dude trust me it the hard drive enable smart in the bios it will tell you the if the drive is bad
you sound pretty convinced, so i will try it again when i get home. but i've already swapped out the HDD with one that works fine and it did the same thing. i'm almost positive smart is already enabled, but i will check again and get back to you guys. thanks again for all the tips. i can't begin to say how much it is appreciated.

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That's odd.

Well let us know what happens when you get your new video card.
What kind of video card is it by the way?

gtx 460. there's a guy here that has it going for $110, and all i have to do is pick it up when I get home.
post #150 of 154
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Okay, so I took some snapshots of screens in case it sheds any light for anyone else. But from what I can see, SMART is enabled and I haven't seen anything that tells me the HDD is bad. If it was bad, what should I see?

Also attached a screen of what I get when I press F8 on boot.

I'm really out of ideas at this point. I guess I could possibly remove the hard drive and attach it as an external on the work computer to test it. Is there a program I can run to see if there are any errors on it?

If there's nothing else anyone can think of, I guess I'll wait until I get my video card...which by the way the GTX 460 is ridiculously cheap right now. I got a new one for the same price some guys are selling theirs used.


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