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Old 02-24-10, 10:25
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How do I find the model of the motherboard?
Umm, look between the RAM and the heatsink/fans, I can see it on the photo but can't be sure of it.
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Old 02-24-10, 10:31
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I see something near the purple DIMM that says Gigabyte GA-7VT600. Is that it?
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Old 02-24-10, 10:48
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I see something near the purple DIMM that says Gigabyte GA-7VT600. Is that it?
That's it

According to the manual, I think the quickest option is to enter the BIOS and select ''Load Optimized defaults'' (F7?). Save and reboot - F10.

When Windows starts it should now install the drivers differently, using similar settings/drivers that you had originally.
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um, I know nothing of BIOS, could you walk me through the steps, please?
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Old 02-24-10, 11:26
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um, I know nothing of BIOS, could you walk me through the steps, please?
Ok, reboot and tap the Del key to enter the BIOS; on the right side of the page will be ''Load Optimized defaults'', select it and hit the Y key to agree, then press F10 to Save and exit (reboot).
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ok, that is done. I noticed as it loaded that it still says no devices as before and something about master disk smart capacity disabled, maybe its supposed to - I don't know. It still says found new hardware RAID controller, I don't think I have a cd for that. Is it important? Do we still need to do a memtest?
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Old 02-24-10, 13:17
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ok, that is done. I noticed as it loaded that it still says no devices as before and something about master disk smart capacity disabled, maybe its supposed to - I don't know. It still says found new hardware RAID controller, I don't think I have a cd for that. Is it important? Do we still need to do a memtest?
Ok, SMART disabled is normal (boots up a little faster without the check), RAID controller, I'm guessing you only have one hard drive so it's not needed.

Yes, you'll need to allow Memtest to run for several loops, preferably overnight - but if it flags errors then you'll need new RAM ... I'd opt for 1GB.

I have to leave here soon to get hands on with an infected PC, I'll try to catch up with this thread while I'm there - good luck

PS, can you check for bad caps? If you have any (you'll need to diconnect the PC, use a mirror/flashlight/magnifier to check) then cancel the RAM - the motherboard will need replacing.
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Actually, I have 2 hard drives, C and D, but mostly use C.

A couple of my caps have some sort of orange on the top and one seems to be tilted a bit. I guess that means I have bad caps
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Old 02-25-10, 14:25
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What do I do now? Can this be fixed reasonably? or do I need a new PC?
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What do I do now? Can this be fixed reasonably? or do I need a new PC?
yep shes blown

well if your good with a soldering iron you can replace them but it might be time to let her rest and think about upgrading altho you can still get replacement motherboards
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so, money wise, would it be better to start new than to start replacing parts, motherboard, ram, etc?
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Old 02-25-10, 15:49
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so, money wise, would it be better to start new than to start replacing parts, motherboard, ram, etc?
Probably, unless you can source a new motherboard with AGP for your current graphics card, the same CPU socket and RAM. It won't be easy, most places would have sold this ''old stock'' off years ago.
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ok thanks. On the plus side, it is working way better now than it was, so maybe it will last a bit longer.
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Well, I must say even though it blue screened constantly, this old computer lasted until December when it finally just gave up and died, it made a noise and turned off never to come on again.

So anyway, what I am wondering is, do I need to be concerned about privacy in the event someone gets ahold of this as I can no longer wipe the drive clean. Can they still somehow retrieve anything from my hard drive? Is there any way to clean it when it doesn't work?
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You may want to slave the drive to another computer and see if anything is accessible. If it isn't, then you can be pretty well assured that nothing is retrievable. Worst case, find a very strong magnet and swipe it over the hard drive a few times.
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Well, I must say even though it blue screened constantly, this old computer lasted until December when it finally just gave up and died, it made a noise and turned off never to come on again.

So anyway, what I am wondering is, do I need to be concerned about privacy in the event someone gets ahold of this as I can no longer wipe the drive clean. Can they still somehow retrieve anything from my hard drive? Is there any way to clean it when it doesn't work?
all someone needs todo to get the data off the drive is remove the drive and connect to another pc if there is very sensitive information DESTROY the drive a magnet might NOT do the trick
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You may want to slave the drive to another computer and see if anything is accessible. If it isn't, then you can be pretty well assured that nothing is retrievable.
@rjc862003 --> believe that is what I said.
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but if he wants to be extra super sure he should just physically destroy the drive
melt it .. smash it with a hammer ... drill it full of holes ..... ect ect ect
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but if he wants to be extra super sure he should just physically destroy the drive
melt it .. smash it with a hammer ... drill it full of holes ..... ect ect ect
.....sledgehammer!!! Blow torch!!
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I put a old drive with my bank account info in our coal burning furnace
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