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2000\03\15@015729 by Mario I. Arguello

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Just wondering is any of you have suggestions for the following PC symptoms:

Turn on PC, makes hard-drive noises, BIOS starts and goes through its
sequence but unable to load Windows.  Many attemps finally got to the point
where Windows loads in safe mode but cannot access PC beyond that point.
Many more attempts to restore WIndows with rescuje disk but ultimately PC
locks up during BIOS start up. Stuck!!

Any suggestions by you PC gurus out there?

Thanks,
Mario

2000\03\15@035933 by Andrew Farrar

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> Date:          Wed, 15 Mar 2000 01:55:23 EST
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> From:          "Mario I. Arguello" <.....MIADsgnsKILLspamspam@spam@AOL.COM>
> Subject:       Re: (OT) Computers Help
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> Just wondering is any of you have suggestions for the following PC symptoms:
>
> Turn on PC, makes hard-drive noises, BIOS starts and goes through its
> sequence but unable to load Windows.  Many attemps finally got to the point
> where Windows loads in safe mode but cannot access PC beyond that point.
> Many more attempts to restore WIndows with rescuje disk but ultimately PC
> locks up during BIOS start up. Stuck!!
>
> Any suggestions by you PC gurus out there?
>
> Thanks,
> Mario
I had many problems getting a friends computer going very similar,
but very specific problem.
Are you using windows 95 with an amd k6 running 350MHz or faster ?
If yes then there is a bug in windows 95, a patch is available on net
or email me directly if this is likely to be the problem and I will
send you the file( need to find it first)
Andy Farrar

2000\03\15@100352 by Wagner Lipnharski

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It boots up from a DOS floppy diskette?
What about booting up from Windows emergency boot diskette?
You can have a serious hard disk problem.
You could boot up from diskette and run SCANDISK over the C: drive.

2000\03\15@101641 by Michael Rigby-Jones

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<P><FONT COLOR="#0000FF" SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Ensure all card and connectors are tight and secure, including the memory SIMMs/DIMMs.&nbsp; If you can get into the BIOS try to set everything to default settings.&nbsp; Ensure that the processor is running at the correct speed, not overclocked.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT COLOR="#0000FF" SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">If this dosen't work, remove any hardware that is not needed so you are basically left with the motherboard, the video card and the hard drive.&nbsp; If it boots now, then replace the cards one at a time until the problem comes back.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT COLOR="#0000FF" SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Faulty memory is another possibility, the only way to determine this is to plug in some known good memory.</FONT>
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<P><FONT COLOR="#0000FF" SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Have fun</FONT>
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<P><FONT COLOR="#0000FF" SIZE=2 FACE="Arial">Mike Rigby-Jones</FONT>
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2000\03\15@114343 by Robert A. LaBudde

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<x-flowed>At 01:55 AM 3/15/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Just wondering is any of you have suggestions for the following PC symptoms:
>
>Turn on PC, makes hard-drive noises, BIOS starts and goes through its
>sequence but unable to load Windows.  Many attemps finally got to the point
>where Windows loads in safe mode but cannot access PC beyond that point.
>Many more attempts to restore WIndows with rescuje disk but ultimately PC
>locks up during BIOS start up. Stuck!!
>
>Any suggestions by you PC gurus out there?

1. Boot from a diskette.
2. Use the CD-ROM to re-install Win98.
3. You can reinstall on top of the current windows directory.
4. You may have to re-install software from CDs again to re-establish
registry entries.
5. Next time backup up your registry periodically, or export using Registry
Editor. Then you can import the registry after re-installing Win98 to
reconnect the programs to windows.

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2000\03\15@120916 by Alan Pearce

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I think you will find that your hard disk has gone belly up.

2000\03\15@212500 by Gennette Bruce

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Just a thought - it could be thermal creep; each time the computer warms up
or cools down the metal and plastic parts in all the connectors expand and
contract at different rates.  Eventually the plugs get a little loose, then
bad contacts form.  Water vapour can get in to create corossion or small
sparks may burn (oxidize) the metal surfaces.

An awful lot of ($60) computer 'repairs' are made by simply checking the
connections.

So open the case, touch the silver power supply (to discharge any static)
then, one at a time, pull out each cable plug; look at the pins, then push
it back in to place.  This usually fixes lightly corroded or loose
connections.  Pull every connection - power, data, audio, video, etc.  I
suspect your problem will be the data cable at the hard drive.

For obviously corroded contacts you need to use a commercial contact
cleaner/maker.  Be warned, these are very expensive, so make sure you
actually need it.

Bye.

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2000\03\16@113225 by Wagner Lipnharski

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Also check the +5 and +12V at any 4 pins driver power cable.

Recently I started to experience several problems with my CDROM writer,
it was right after I installed a SCSI board, more hard disk, and a dummy
board with twin fans.  Yesterday I measured voltages and found out they
are +4.84 and +12.35.

Well, it is not that bad, but it is not inside the ±2% I expect, and
probably few chips can work in marginal situation.

Now I will try to open the power supply and try to locate some pot that
would allow me to adjust it.

Wagner.

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