Hi all, looking for some advice here before I start buying new parts.
On a really hot night a couple weeks ago my computer just shut down all of the sudden. I got it to launch into windows a couple times, backed up my stuff, but after a day or two it goes to a black screen after it posts. I've tried two hard drives, one with XP one with 7. In XP I get a "Windows" loading screen but then it goes black after 10 seconds or so. In 7 I get a black screen right after BIOS.
I resat my CPU with some new thermal grease and blew out the whole system with canned air. Didn't work. In my BIOS config I'm getting a flat 30C as my CPU temp. I don't have any parts for swapping. I've tried swapping all 4 of my RAM sticks individually, no luck there either.
Can someone tell me which component is likely to be the culprit here? I'm tempted to buy a whole new MB and just start from scratch, but if I could get my system up and running again I'd like to hold that off for another year.
Thanks for any help or insights!
Asus P5NE-SLI MB
Intel Core2 Duo 2.66
4x1 Corsair XMS DDR2
Asus 8800GT 512G 128-bit
Antec 550W Earthwatts
I can't get into 'safe mode' in either OS. F8 just brings me to a BIOS boot menu rather than the Windows Advanced Boot Options, and safe-mode isn't an option there.
I think the fact that I can't even reinstall on either HDD from a Windows installation disk means I have a serious hardware issue. I don't know what safe-mode could do to help me. I'm just trying to diagnose my system to find the bad part. So frustrating. I think I'm just going to bring it into a shop. Or order a whole new core system.
So I did a swap out with a friend's GPU. Same problem. It's not the GPU.
The machine runs fine it just won't load Windows. I was thinking maybe the SATA controller was messed up but I can boot from an Ubuntu CD on my SATA controlled DVD drive.
This is really baffling me. I have a hard time believing that both my HDDs died at the exact same time. I guessing it's some issue with my motherboard or my RAM. I originally had to customize the RAM settings in BIOS to get the system working well so maybe a compatibility issue is finally manifesting itself? Truly stumped here.