hi ppl ,
i m new to this forum ,..... i own a pc config is :
intel pentium 4 1.6 ghz
intel 845dwn motherboard
sb live audio card
nvidia riva tnt 32 mb display card
samsung svo411n 40gb hdd
asus witer drive
samsung rom drive .....et..al
OS : win xp prof + sp1 version 2002
all was fine .....my pc used to work like a f15 fighter ..... but suddenly 1 day ,i started my pc ... it took an exceptionally long time to complete POST . then i got a black screen ::: Boot Failure System Halted:::::
since then its been 8 days ..my pc acts some weird ....it works fine for 2 to 3 days ... n on some days i get to see the "Boot Failure " screen 10 times before my pc starts again ....
i hav tried the following tilll now :
1 switching the ide cables(in case of data cable failure )
2 switching the ide slots (in case of motherboard iedslot failure )
3 replacing the battery (thiis happened cos out of the blue it flashed CMOS Battery low )
4 switching the power cables (not the SMPS though....)
5 i hav tested my hdd with a utility(Hutil125) available at the samsung site
my hdd passed all the tests in the diagnostic (no bad sectors ....)
6 i hav tested my pc's memory with a so called window memory diagnostic (mtinst)...... no errors found in the test .....
it seems that when the system halts due to the boot failure , my hdd does not get detected in the Bios toooo .....
obviously the boot failure is due to the non detection of the hdd .
but today i removed the hdd from my cabinet (though connected to the system) to see the spinning behaviour of the hdd n noticed that all the times when the system went into boot failure the hdd jus kept on spinning up n spinning down immediately .......
n after 5 to 6 tries (restarts) ...its gave a constant spin , ....n the system started ......
so is this a hdd problem ...or the hdd is not gettin proper power from the smps .........or somethin else is the culprit that i m missing
i hope the description of my problem is clear ....
any kind of help is appreciated .....i have my GRE exam in 15 days i need the system runnin so that i can practice mock tests ... so without pc ..my GRE is doomed ,........
Please help .........