Hey guys, fairly new here and I would really love if someone could help. I have had my PC for about 2-3 years now and it has ALWAYS had the same problem and I am really sick of it. I have installed windows xp, windows vista 64 and the problem exists with both OS.
Heres what happens (I am pretty sure its not software related.... but hardware is not my fortay).
The computer will do one of the following upon startup.
1) On the screen, detecting IDE drives the PC will not detect anything and hard crash. (LINK AT BOTTOM).
2) The computer will make it to the next screen of loading the settings... and I hear a beep = hard crash.
3) Windows will start anywhere and run anywhere from 5 mins - 2 hours and hard crash.
4) Windows will run perfectly smooth all night (tonight the PC was on for 5 hours).
PC setup = Windows XP. 3.0gig intel core 2 duo w/64 kilo, EVGA (680i) 122-CK-NF68 2 motherboard, 250g hard drive, Nvidia 8800GTX, 6 gigs of ram. (i have swapped the ram with ram i know works).
**When it runs it is super fast... i got so frustrated once i broke the case which im sure didnt help things **
P.S. Hard crash to mean means I must restart the computer via pressing the power button.
Hmmmm,I do not suppose that you have another hdd that you can test with ???
What you might consider is to breadboard the beast,this will make life much easier,and if it is the onboard hdd controller , well then the only thing is to replace the mobo, you could try flashing the bios even if it is the same version, never know might get lucky,although it does sound like the onboard cc has had the biscuit,next time get rid of it whilst still under warranty, not worth the hassell...
When I brought it to the shop they said it didnt crash and everything looked fine... I could buy a cheap HDD and test it with that I guess. From the start I have been worried its the mobo, so basically replace the mobo and hdd .... sigh.