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Old 01-24-2015, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Flashing Blue Screens

Alright so I've seen a similar issue all over the web where the person can log in but while they're trying to do things the screen flashes blue. That is NOT my problem. I can't log in, I can't get into safe mode, the boot screen doesn't appear, the computer is basically a paperweight. All it does when I turn it on is flash between blue and black screens with the *loading* cursor visible. It's doing it on all three of my monitors so I know the monitor isn't the issue.

I built the computer over a year ago and haven't had many problems with it until now.

It seemed like a hardware issue so my first instinct was that there was something wrong with the hard drive, so I tried plugging it into another computer as a secondary drive. I was able to access all my files with no issues, so does that prove the hard drive isn't busted? Or would I still be able to access the files even if it were busted?

If it's not the hard drive, what else could be the issue? Do you think it's a hardware issue at all? Could some kind of virus have done this?

Here's my PC specs:
3770k Intel i7 processor
GTX 660 Nvidia graphics card
700W power supply
16gb (2x 8gb) RAM
1TB hard drive
Gigabyte motherboard

Thank you for any help!
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Old 01-24-2015, 12:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Welcome to the forum, I'd try running without the 660 and just on the igp.
I'd Also try booting up on a Ubuntu usb livecd. That'd help determine hardware or OS pretty quick.
Maybe even try just 1 stick of RAM. Basically boot bare minimum.
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Alright, something weird happened.
Basically, first I tried connecting my mom's hard drive to the computer, and then the computer seemed to turn on and work correctly, except it had to run start-up repair. I did that, but then it said it couldn't fix the problems.
I then tried reconnecting my old hard drive and.. it worked. No start-up repair no blue screen it turned on like normal.
Basically now my question is: should I take any further action? It seems to be working fine now, but I worry that the problem could surface again.
My current hypothesis is that I may have reconnected the power source to the hard drive with a different chord without realizing it and it's the cord that is broken. Is that possible?
Thanks again for any help.
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PS, I had to run start up repair when i tested connecting my original hard drive to my mom's computer, and in that case the start-up repair worked and I could get on my mom's computer to access the hard drive's files. Is it possible that start up repair somehow fixed whatever might have been wrong with my hard drive?
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It's possible, or that having a loose cable, or constant failed boots, mucked up the boot up files.
Then when you properly reconnected it solved itself.
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