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as the title states i'm trying to revive an old core2dou pc i have as an HTPC.
it's specs are pretty minimal : Core 2 Dou (not sure which model :/)
Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L (not sure which rev :/)(looks like 1.3/1.4)
2gb ddr2 (800mhz?)
old 250gb WD cavier (black?) 3.5 hdd
gigabyte gt 210
generic case + 400w power supply (yikes! :<)
here's the problem it was working a few months ago (last time i used it) but i tried turning it on again and it wouldn't run no noise no nothing.... the case fans start spinning but nothing on the screen and no error beeps.....
i'm going to check if everything is plugged in right again....
but i think i might need to reformat it...(think crucial m4 64gb?)
and i'm not sure.. when i install windows> do i plug the vga to the motherboard while leaving gpu plugged? > or do i plug vga to the gpu? > or do i disconnect the gpu and use the motherboards vga?............ because i've never installed windows on a pc before (not successfully >.>) what do you guys say?
and if you say throw it in the trash i'm gonna feel real sad because the gt 210 is pretty new :/ (compared to the rest of the setup) i am thinking of the possibility that the gt 210 is what ruined things with the generic psu..(maybe overload for a cheap psu?) thinking of getting a decent(maybe modular) psu aswell.
post #2 of 65
Usually it's VGA to GPU first, and if that doesn't work, then try onboard graphics.
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Usually it's VGA to GPU first, and if that doesn't work, then try onboard graphics.

thanks that worked! biggrin.gif
well sort of :/ atleast i got video..... it got to post screen(is that it's name?) it detected the HDD..
then in the last line it said something like DRIVE BOOT FAILURE INSERT (something?) DISK THEN PRESS ENTER.
i'm guessing it has no OS now? :/ (idk my brother was playing around with it)
now just gotta find something with a cd drive in it to burn ubuntu :/ (don't wanna chill out the money for windows just to find out something is broken....
thanks for the help biggrin.gif will update once i get ubuntu on disk smile.gif

oh one more thing i think the dvd drive is stuck.. :/ (i tried pressing its eject button but it just flashes as if it is ejecting but then it it turns off :/)
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1. That last line usually indicates that either hard drive is dead or theres no OS. You can also load ubuntu/mint on a usb to boot from instead of a cd. Im sure if you mobo supports a core2duo it supports usb booting.

2. Regarding the dvd, there should be a small hole where you can push the end of a paper clip in to force it open.

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1. That last line usually indicates that either hard drive is dead or theres no OS. You can also load ubuntu/mint on a usb to boot from instead of a cd. Im sure if you mobo supports a core2duo it supports usb booting.
2. Regarding the dvd, there should be a small hole where you can push the end of a paper clip in to force it open.

thanks! biggrin.gif will try that! thumb.gif burning ubuntu disk atm....
and as for the usb boot that never worked very well with the crappy usb flash drives i have xD
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Well remember your usb's have to be formatted to fat32 for it to boot a linux distro on it.
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Well remember your usb's have to be formatted to fat32 for it to boot a linux distro on it.


yeah formatting them atm! biggrin.gif
the dvd didn't go too smoothly >.> it looks like that drive is write only? (do these things exist?)
so i'm running wubi from the disk and going to plug the usb to the live ubuntu and make a live usb....
wish me luck thumb.gif (i really need in ;.wink.gif
post #8 of 65
You'll be fine. Assuming its at least a 1gb usb.
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i realize this is pretty odl but i taught i'd post here instead of opening a new thread.

so i pretty much hit a wall where i determined the HDD to be dead.... when i try ton install the OS it always says disk failure (don't remember exact line but i googled it) so now i ordered a 128gb crucial M4...... and i'm thinking from reading around of upgrading it's firmware once it's here.....

the question is is it better to make a bootable usb from the iso file..? or install windows THEN update the firmware using the .exe file? the latter sounds easier and better to me, but i'm not sure i don't want to mess up an "expensive" SSD :/



,, also one more thing. one of the ram slots on the MB seem to be broken... the ram stick won't go all the way in, and i'm afraid of breaking something if i push it too hard.... or is supposed to be like that? because the locks can go over it but they don't.... lock....

thanks again smile.gif and hopefully i can soon enjoy using a speedy HTPC smile.gif
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i realize this is pretty odl but i taught i'd post here instead of opening a new thread.

so i pretty much hit a wall where i determined the HDD to be dead.... when i try ton install the OS it always says disk failure (don't remember exact line but i googled it) so now i ordered a 128gb crucial M4...... and i'm thinking from reading around of upgrading it's firmware once it's here.....

the question is is it better to make a bootable usb from the iso file..? or install windows THEN update the firmware using the .exe file? the latter sounds easier and better to me, but i'm not sure i don't want to mess up an "expensive" SSD :/



,, also one more thing. one of the ram slots on the MB seem to be broken... the ram stick won't go all the way in, and i'm afraid of breaking something if i push it too hard.... or is supposed to be like that? because the locks can go over it but they don't.... lock....

thanks again smile.gif and hopefully i can soon enjoy using a speedy HTPC smile.gif


I've always put the SSD in a working rig and upgraded the firmware then put it in the new rig and installed the OS...never had problems but I dont know if thats the "best way"

as far as the ram goes have you tried turning the ram around the other way? also be sure your using the correct ram IIRC core 2 duos use ddr2 ram
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