Ok, so, about 5 days ago, my parents tell me that they got a "Disk Read Error" on their comp, and I asked you guys for help, and you said it'd prolly be the hdd itself, which it was. So we order a new seagate 80gb hdd. Then came Wednesday, December 7. I'm browsiing the internet that evening, when the comp lags up, and freezes. I jsut figure it's the weather that's causing it, so I ctrl+alt+del, and it does nothing. I do it again and again, and nothing happens, but i"m just still like "Meh, ok, just a small prob". So I restart the comp. It's booting and after the MSI logo appears and teh core cell junk...the screen is black..then it restarts. I'm thinking "Gaaa, now what". I wait for it to get to the windows logo, but it never does, but instead, it restarts again. I'm already steaming mad at this point, cause I have school work that is due monday that is my MIDTERM EXAM grade, and I'm screwed unless I can find a solution to this mess, or I can find an alternate route. Anyways, I turn it off, and I take out the hdd...inspect it, and nothing looks wrong. I secure teh jumper in the "cable select" position, and pop it back in, but stil nothing. After a series of tests and what-not, I turn the comp on. No beeps, but instead I too get the ghei "Disk Read Error". I'm about to lost my sanity at thsi point, and my parents suggest that we go buy a new hdd. I have pretty much no other choice (as far as I can think of) but to go on ahead and buy a new one. Previously, one of my friends said to leave the hdd for about an hour, and try it agaoin to maybe fix the "Disk Read Error", or to use another hdd, set it to primary, install an OS, and copy the files from the bad hdd. So we go buy a Seagate 160GB hdd, and I plug it on in, and now ANOTHER problem has come up. I turn the comp on, and the fans and lights are on and stuff, but the power light to the monitor is blinking...just..blinking. So now I'm even more stressed than ever before. I turn it off, and check the cables, switches, etc. and I unplug and replug the VGA cord back into the vid card, and switch on. Still nothing. I'm scratching my head as I look at the inside of my comp, curious as to what on earth is going on. I take the vid card out to reseat it, but I can't, becuase the mobo is sitting too low tio the case, that the outer plate doesn't go all the way down. Great. After this, I wind up dismantling my entire comp, and replace teh broken plastic screws with the little brass screw thingys, set the mobo on them, and secure it. The card now fits good. I turn it all on, and STILL NO SIGNAL!!! I take OUT the video carsd (6600GT) and put in a 9600Pro, and it's just NOT WORKING!!! So I've narrowed it down to 3 items: the cpu, the ram, or the mobo itself. It can't be the cpu, cause it's not smoking, no signs of problems, and stuff. And I dunno if it's the mobo casue all of the otehr stuff on it seems to be working. That leaves me with one option: The RAM. Now, the RAM I have is the Corsair Value Select 1GB sticks. I do realize that RAM errors could be a cause of this, but I'm not sure. So teh 2 questions I have are these:
1. Is there ANY HUMANLY POSSIBLE WAY for me to recover the data still on the "destroyed" hdd. Like coudl I hook up 2 and get it off tat way?
2. I've had the blinking monitor light before, but this is just ridiculous. How do I fix it? I've tested other monitors, and the same problem, so it's not my monitor.
This is a desperate matter, cause if I don't get my comp fixed by sunday night, I am screwed. TWO OF MY MIDTERM GRADES ARE AT STAKE HERE.