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So there's this old PC (10 years min.) using a 90nm Pentium 4 1gb ram etc etc..

It's my moms everyday office PC and lately she has been telling me its showing blue screens aka BSOD i checked the dumps and it says error code 0x1000008e, looked it up and it showed all kind of errors like video drivers and other kind of drivers which don't make sense at all since its been working fine for years with the same drivers until now showing multiple BSOD

Long story short, i decided to check the hard drive with CrystalDiskInfo and found out this:



Would this be the source of the BSOD? the drive has less than 20% space used even.
post #2 of 13
Time to upgrade. Putting any money into this thing would basically be a waste. I never like to gamble with hard drives that are failing. They will eventually win, you just dont know when.
post #3 of 13
If it was only the HDD that was failing I'd say just change it out for a fresh one.
If it's just an office PC it should last a few more years. Just make sure to check the caps on the video card and the motherboard.
I've recently gotten an ancient Shuttle PC and an office PC from a maritime school and they had their Hard drives fail along with the onboard video.

Long Story short, if its purely for office use buy a new HDD.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ApollyonXD View Post

If it was only the HDD that was failing I'd say just change it out for a fresh one.
If it's just an office PC it should last a few more years. Just make sure to check the caps on the video card and the motherboard.
I've recently gotten an ancient Shuttle PC and an office PC from a maritime school and they had their Hard drives fail along with the onboard video.
Long Story short, if its purely for office use buy a new HDD.
EDIT

Yeah that PC is only used for checking mail in Chrome, creating some files in Word / Excel, opening PDF files

It has onboard graphics, and the heatsink cooling the Pentium 4 was really warm when i opened it today, I already backed up everything on the drive and thinking of making a cheap build with a Sandy Pentium G630 to replace it.

I guess now i should just wait until that drive finally dies.

Oh also that drive is using IDE interface which i don't think i can find a new drive for that, i got an spare SATA 2 drive laying around..
post #5 of 13
Well, the Pentiums put out a lot of heat. I got a pentium 4 still running(115w TDP) and it gets toasty.
If you are going to make a new build don't wait for the old drive to die, best would be to move to a new drive now and scrap the old drive.
P4's make for nice decoration.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Aazelion View Post

Oh also that drive is using IDE interface which i don't think i can find a new drive for that, i got an spare SATA 2 drive laying around..

Sure you can:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136109

Also, I second the suggestion to look for signs of cap leakage before investing any further in this machine.
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post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by roleki View Post

Sure you can:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136109
Also, I second the suggestion to look for signs of cap leakage before investing any further in this machine.

Damn, if 95$ is on newegg i can't imagine here in Mexico biggrin.gif

Also should i look for something like these? i will take a look again later, buying a new drive might be faster.

post #8 of 13
Those are extreme examples, but yeah, look for signs like that. Also look for faint discoloration under and around the caps, it'll look like a water spot. If you have cap troubles, I would move on to a whole new system.

Also, wouldn't fret about the N'egg costs for a PATA/IDE drive, I am willing to bet there's a mom & pop shop in your area that's dying to divest themselves of these kind of drives. Somewhere.
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post #9 of 13
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So i checked the capacitors and they seem fine no leak or anything, i touched them one by one and they are all solid in place

the funny thing is that i checked again CrystalDiskInfo and it now says 12,401 Sector Count for both Uncorrectable / Current Pending rolleyes.gif
post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aazelion View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by ApollyonXD View Post

If it was only the HDD that was failing I'd say just change it out for a fresh one.
If it's just an office PC it should last a few more years. Just make sure to check the caps on the video card and the motherboard.
I've recently gotten an ancient Shuttle PC and an office PC from a maritime school and they had their Hard drives fail along with the onboard video.
Long Story short, if its purely for office use buy a new HDD.
EDIT

Yeah that PC is only used for checking mail in Chrome, creating some files in Word / Excel, opening PDF files

It has onboard graphics, and the heatsink cooling the Pentium 4 was really warm when i opened it today, I already backed up everything on the drive and thinking of making a cheap build with a Sandy Pentium G630 to replace it.

I guess now i should just wait until that drive finally dies.

Oh also that drive is using IDE interface which i don't think i can find a new drive for that, i got an spare SATA 2 drive laying around..
Is the computer left on all the time? 15000 power on hours... probably not. I get about 60,000 power on hours over 10 years. tongue.gif

I'd build a new PC. The P4 guzzles power. It's probably costing about $20-35 in extra power every year over a new PC, even at the amount of hours it's currently turned on. It doesn't take much to pay off new parts.
     
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