If it wasn't my hard-drive - what was it?

  andy334 12:03 20 May 2008
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I recently posted about problems with my hard-drive and the fact that I could no longer boot-up. Having tried everything I eventually tried a restore with the original recovery disks but to no avail - I ended up losing everything and still could not boot-up which I assumed meant that my hard-drive was totally corrupt.

Anyway, today I managed to obtain a used working hard-drive (from an older system I have) and I slotted this into my broken computer to discover the exact same problem was still there. This leads me to (possibly) believe that the original problem was not my hard-drive after all but perhaps some other hardware problem.

The computer is internally clean (and kept clean of dust every few weeks) so I dont think it could be a short or similar problem and I am now thinking that it may be my motherboard that is broken or shorting somewhere. I am currently getting the blue screen of death everytime I try to boot with a Stop error message and the usual "windows encountered a problem and has shut down to prevent damage to your system".

So the question is - does anybody have any ideas as to what sort of problem this could be. I could strip my system down and do a motherboard change as the spare I have seems to be compatible with my current system - but I am not an expert and would prefer to do this only if absolutely necessary.

Grateful for any pearls of wisdom anyone may have.

  silverous 12:16 20 May 2008

Have you tried re-seating the memory?
Does the blue screen give you any information about a particular problem?

  Ditch999 12:20 20 May 2008

Remove and replace the cables relating to your HDD and try a different power connector from the PSU.

  kjrider 12:22 20 May 2008

Re plug and reseat all connectors (the CPU should not need it!)

Can you try out your old HD in another PC?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:00 20 May 2008

What is the stop error number 0x00.....?

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