I have encountered some strange hardware problems lately, and usually I was able to make the machine working again, on just my own, but now I stumbled across something I cannot understand, so I would like to adress to all you pro's: :o
First my harddrive stopped working while I was just using the machine from one moment to the other, hanging the system. I tried to reboot, and the entry for primary master in the bootup-sequence of the bios just showed crap.
I wondered if my harddrive just blew up, so i checked all the cables first to ensure there would be no problems and felt for heat inside the machine, and well the harddrive could be described as quite hot.
I bought a new harddrive (and a new gfx-card to be complete) yesterday, and managed to get my old drive working in another pc, to transfer my data. everything went pretty fine, so I tried to reinstall it into my pc to try it out again, but the same failure occured occured again. :rolleyes:
I then decided to install my XP-Pro onto the new drive and this worked fine, I installed my software and worked for a few hours, and - from one moment to the other - I got a bluescreen. I restarted the machine and - well, the primary master entry just showed crap again, drive a little warm... where did I knew this from... :eek:
I tried all of the cabelling, removed all cdroms, and tried the drive on the primary and secondary controller... nothing worked.
I was a little curious, and put my old drive back in place, and was very surprised to find it working without problems the whole night long.
So, what is broken in this machine ? My first thoughts went to the direction of the mainboard, bios and/or powersupply. I really dont have any idea what to do as a next step, as well as I dont have the money for a whole new machine...
I would really appreciate your help :o