Hey, I know there may be a similar thread amongst the wealth of info here but I have searched and not seen anything so a bit of adice would be great.
My PC has decided not to boot up. It starts up but gives no normal noises (single beep etc.) though it sounds like the hard drive is loading, the fans are on etc but no display on the monitor. The motherboard displays FF and nothing else i.e not going through a normal start up routine. I thought it may be the power unit so swapped cases but has made no difference. Could it be the motherboard or CPU?
However, when I put my hard drive this time into my parents PC (as I normally do when I's around home) my last sector on the hard drive is missing. It is not the one with the operating system (XP) loaded onto it, just a random one I keep photo's in - so could a dodgy sector prevent start-up?
Conversely, when I put my parents hard drive into my computer I do not get a beep but a display with the hard drive failing to boot and attempts (but fails) to boot in Safe mode.
I'm confused, this is a bit beyond my computer knowledge! Anyone help please,
Ah, I see what your saying about the BIOS and boot sectors - didn't realise that. Nope - they are not identical PC's, for starters mine runs Athlon and the 'rents has a Pentium chip in it!
I think I best start taking some stuff off my hard drive like you say before it completely fails...though the main problem with that is My Documents were in my own user area and now I cannot access them on this machine...
...this machine being my parents - with their hard drive, CPU and motherboard but my RAM and graphics card...