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Old 02-10-2006, 10:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have a win 98 boot floppy. I might try putting the drive into another computer and try using the ghost image on it from there. I have an older P II machine I can use.
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Old 02-10-2006, 10:51 PM   #12 (permalink)
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hey go to http://www.techist.com/showthread.ph...435#post709435

maybe these can help u
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Old 02-10-2006, 11:34 PM   #13 (permalink)
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new problem, now when I turn on the computer most of the time nothing happens. the fans run and the lights come on, but no bios screens no boot nothing. usually I get a beep then it goes through the bios stuff. also I have been running two 512 meg pc2700 ram sticks now one won't work. when it is in the computer never starts. could it have to do with the ram? now i'm not sure about buying the new board. also if I slave the drives in on another computer they look and work fine, though they won't boot.
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Old 02-11-2006, 12:30 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Well, I had an almost identical problem to this at work today. It turned out to be a faulty CDRW. I don't want to assume, but you' have had your cd drive(s) unplugged through part of this process atleast? (disconnect floppy drive too)

Do the fans spin up ok when both ram sticks are out. (The fans should spin most times depending on motherboard).

Overall, everything attached to the motherboard fails. Harddrive failure, RAM failure, not booting sometimes, no beeps, no bios, you get the drill. That means it's one of four things; Motherboard, CPU, RAM, Power Supply.

Power supply: Have you tried a different power supply?

RAM: I'm not sure if you've tried other RAM (too tired to read the whole thread)
"oddly I thought I'd popped a ram chip so I pulled one out and it started up fine for a whole day. then same thing again. I started up another hd with windows mce and same thing."
Makes me doubt RAM is the problem. Perhaps the 'failing' power supply couldnt power two RAM sticks then eventually burnt out leading to your computer not booting at all .

CPU: It's probable but unlikely that its the problem. Have you tried another one?

Motherboard: Replacing it is the fastest way to rule it out as the problem. But it's probably about the cost of a new power supply.

More things to try:

Check to see if theres any scorch marks around the power plug on the cable or motherboard.

Check for burst capacitors on the motherboard.

Check for excessive dust (the less dust the better. check in PCI and RAM slots too)

Do you notice any burning smells when its been on for sorta 3 minutes or so?
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Old 02-11-2006, 01:18 PM   #15 (permalink)
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ok, new stop message. IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
what does this mean?
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Old 02-11-2006, 03:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Google is your friend.

http://www.tweaksforgeeks.com/IRQL_N..._OR_EQUAL.html

Hope this helps.
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Old 02-11-2006, 11:15 PM   #17 (permalink)
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thanx!!!
I hope this helps. I'll start checking things now.
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