Ok, i went and bought my self an ide western digital harddrive 160gb.
I got home in the afternoon and immediately opened my box to install it, then i noticed how dusty it is inside so i decided to clean it.
i used a wet cloth and a conventional vacuum. Afterwards, i unplugged all the ide and power cords and put in my new HDD.
On my first boot, it didn't detect any IDE devices, i opened my box again and found that i've plugged all the IDE cords the wrong way. So i corrected that on my second boot, everything was normal.
I got into Windows, i was so tired at that moment(i've being up and working all last night) so i decided to play some games(:P).
after maybe 15 mins, my com froze ... not the first time but very unusual because the game i was playing never froze.
the new harddrive was not formatted yet because i cbfed... anyway i had to reboot the com and because i had my xp CD in the com it went to the XP boot.
so i decided to format the new HDD. However, the installation got jammed at the choose your partition stage...
i was pissed, on my next boot, the com stucked at the verifying DMI pool thing.
so i jumped on my gf's com and googled for some solutions... most guides says its because of the IDE cables i have (i plugged the old 40 wire / 40 pins in to the harddrives and 80 wire/40pins into the CD roms.) i know this because on startup it had a msg saying " secondary IDE channel no 80 conductor cable installed"
i swapped the cords and now the stupid box keeps rebooting when it's done with "verifying DMI pool".
After some more googling i've found an article on cleaning the inside of PCs. On big red font it say "DO NOT CLEAN YOUR MOTHERBOARD WITH A VACUUM!"
did i just screwed all devices inside my com? does anyone have experiences cleaning their pc with an vacuum? T_T