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post #11 of 23
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UPDATE:

i took out my friends psu (antec 500w basiq) and hooked it up to the problem computer and still had the same problem. I setup vista but on the reboot after it gets done the first time around, black screen. The only thing left i can think of is the motherboard.
I'm going to try to update the bios but i dont have a floppy drive except on his moms computer which has xp. is there a way i can make a bootable thumb drive or an easier way to do this since i cant get his computer to boot into windows?
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Screwdriver. Take floppy out of mom's computer. Use floppy. Stick floppy back into mom's computer
    
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Screwdriver. Take floppy out of mom's computer. Use floppy. Stick floppy back into mom's computer
what he said.lol
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ok well i didnt want to do that because its a 9 year old dell xps and it's big, clunky and weighs about 50 pounds lol. My friend did it for me though while i wasnt there, but i tried to create a bootable floppy from the dell it was in (windows xp), stuck the floppy drive in the problem computer with the floppy in it and it wont boot into dos. All it does is say 'disk i/o error. replace disk then press any key' like there's nothing on the floppy. I hooked it back up to the dell and created the disk again and got the same thing. I also tried putting the files from the created boot floppy disk on my flash drive and still got the same message. i tried to hook it up to my friends vista machine, but his mobo didnt have a fdd connection.
so i'm pretty much out of options here. I guess i will just rma the mobo since i know the ram, gpu, hdd and psu are all ok. Wish the board had a bios flash utility in the bios
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ok well i didnt want to do that because its a 9 year old dell xps and it's big, clunky and weighs about 50 pounds lol. My friend did it for me though while i wasnt there, but i tried to create a bootable floppy from the dell it was in (windows xp), stuck the floppy drive in the problem computer with the floppy in it and it wont boot into dos. All it does is say 'disk i/o error. replace disk then press any key' like there's nothing on the floppy. I hooked it back up to the dell and created the disk again and got the same thing. I also tried putting the files from the created boot floppy disk on my flash drive and still got the same message. i tried to hook it up to my friends vista machine, but his mobo didnt have a fdd connection.
so i'm pretty much out of options here. I guess i will just rma the mobo since i know the ram, gpu, hdd and psu are all ok. Wish the board had a bios flash utility in the bios
You DID set the floppy as the first boot device... not?
    
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surprised no one asked this, but what are the codes on the bsod?
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surprised no one asked this, but what are the codes on the bsod?
BSOD, frustrating...
Is he getting a BSOD or a BSOD
    
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I built a computer for one of my friends a little while ago and has been running great up till now. He said he ran Hitman pro and told the computer to shut down after it was done. When he woke up the next morning it had a bsod on it and wont boot windows. We tried to boot different recovery discs and Vista discs to get it running again, but after it gets done with the "Windows is now loading files" it blinks the cursor in the top left once and then nothing happens, just a black screen. Sometimes it does the blue screen. Ive tried taking out one of the sticks of ram and that helped it progress to let only one specific recovery discs boot, but it says its not compatible even though we've used it before. When i try to use a fresh recovery cd (this is vista x64 btw) that i just burned on a different computer it boots just fine, but not on the problem computer. When we try to setup a new windows installation, it takes a really long time with the 'expanding files' process. I let it sit for a while and came back to yet another black screen. I ran diagnostics on all the hardware but everything checked out. I tried resetting the CMOS a few times, moving the stick of ram to a different slot, swapping the stick of RAM w/ the other one.

SO, the problem is we can't get recovery cd to boot, vista wont load a new setup, and diagnostics come up with nothing. Suggestions?
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BSOD, frustrating...
Is he getting a BSOD or a BSOD
yeah all he/she said that it was both bsod
post #19 of 23
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You DID set the floppy as the first boot device... not?
no i just use the boot menu to manually select it and then boot it from there.

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surprised no one asked this, but what are the codes on the bsod?
well since i took out one of the sticks of his g.skill (2x2gb ddr2-800) it never did it again. After that it just gave me the black screen. I'm not using his g.skill anymore, i'm using one of my other friends sticks of ram (1gb samsung value stuff ddr2-667).

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yeah all he/she said that it was both bsod
yea it only gave me the blue screen a few times. After i took the ram out it never did it again, but i'm still having problems obviously. I'll try to keep the blue/black screen acronyms separate
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post #20 of 23
after re reading the symptons it reminds me of a faulty mobo. i had to replace for a friend that vaccumed out and static charge his mobo.
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