Jeffrey Carl Faden (jeffreyatw) wrote,
Jeffrey Carl Faden

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My computer is extremely dead

So for the past few days my computer's had a little trouble booting up. I'd have to restart it because it wouldn't get past loading Vista. Yesterday, though, the progress bar simply froze. I came back a few hours later (after class) and it was still there, frozen.

Vista's repair DVD didn't detect any problems. Scandisk didn't detect anything, either. So I decided I'd try reinstalling. Worked for two reboots, and then it froze on the third one. Maybe some hardware components were the problem. I took out a wireless card and sound card I don't use anymore, and it worked once, but then no more.

So then I decided to install Vista on another disk, assuming the first disk was busted. Worked for a few times, and then it locked up. Okay, maybe it was something else on the IDE chain - I removed every IDE device, including CD drives, and unplugged all USB devices, and still - even after running on a disk I had put inside the computer just to install Vista, it would still hang after a few initial reboots.

Safe mode works most of the time. I just don't know what in safe mode makes it work, while booting up normally doesn't.

So I'm lost. I don't know what's causing the problem. If it's nothing IDE-related, and it's not the disk that's in there, then the only things I can think of are RAM (which I memtested), my video card (which I uninstalled drivers for to disable video acceleration - no luck), or my motherboard. No idea.

This really sucks. I've always been able to pinpoint the problem, but I'm really out of luck this time. I don't know what to do. I don't want to buy new RAM or a new motherboard because they might be perfectly fine. Maybe I should just install Ubuntu on my computer and say farewell to my days as a Windows user (and as a computer gamer and web designer - HAHA FAT CHANCE) forever?

edit fixed (for now!) Thanks hatchling!! HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS
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