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May 21, 2011 2:41:29 PM

I am having a serious problem with my computer;

many times when it booted up; only the DELL logo shows up and doesn't go away; then a few times later the screen vibrated ; but it never fully booted

i removed all components and put them back; the weird kalaidoscoping stopped but still didn't get past the dell logo.

then i tried again ; pressed F2 ; set video memory to 128 for on board graphics

after that it worked.

i have absolutely no idea whats going on; the only thing i can say for certain is that its not the optical drive or RAM causing the problem..

i don't think its the motherboard; not sure bout CPU

my biggest suspicion is that it is HDD failure; today i had a lot of power cuts; and this computer experienced plenty of power failures from before as well.

in fact; prior to this incident there was a power cut;

My HDD harddrive started out (4 years ago) quiet. then from 6 months ago it made an audible spinning (crk crk ) sound

But NOW i don't hear it;

I hope I am able to reboot my computer again to see the replies.... Thanks for your help in advance

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May 21, 2011 2:48:15 PM


Dell inspiron (more than 4 years old)

amd athlon 64 x2 3800+ 2.00 GHz

socket AM2 -- 0RY206 Nvidia Chipset motherboard (Nvidia Nforce430 Geforce6130se Solution for AMD processors)

3.5 GB RAM

some optical drive

Seagate 150 GB Barracuda 7200.10

Generic 250W PSU (probably Seasonic because Dell usually uses those)

at the moment its my only computer so i can't let it die just yet; any help is greatly appreciated.

May 28, 2011 3:35:03 PM

it seems fine now;;
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May 28, 2011 5:37:28 PM

if there are anymore problems you should inform us.That way i would be able to help.
June 4, 2011 1:59:09 PM

thanks. everything is fine for now; but il let you guys know if anything comes up