EDIT: This thread has become a troubleshooting thread for a computer repair, it is not all about a dead harddrive. please visit the latest post for the most recent activity.
My mom called me up Sunday night saying that when she turned her computer on, a non-system disk or disk error message came up. Thinking that she had left a floppy in the drive, I asked her to remove it. She said there was no floppy and that the computer was singing. She placed the phone next to the computer case and dos speaker was chirping.
It made 3 tones. duu daa dee following the third note, the hard drive made an awful grinding noise. This would repeat itself every 15 seconds.
The next morning I go over to see what I can do. I take the hard drive out and slave it to another computer. Even as a slave it still chirps and grinds.
After I pay attention to the boot-screen I noticed that there was no slave drive listed. So, power was getting to the HD and the HD was trying to operate(as far as I gather) but the computer didnt know that it was there.
THE IMPORTANT PART OF THE STORY:
I put a new hard drive into the system, installed windows and got everything working. I left for a few hours when I came back, for no good reason the computer wouldn't boot. It gets about 3 or 4 seconds into the windows loading screen, then you see a small blip of the Blue Screen of Death then the computer restarts.
THE QUESTIONS I HAVE:
1: Does the system have a virus that has stored itself onto the mobo (or any other object)?
A: how can I tell. B: how can I fix it. C: can viruses store themselves in places other than the boot sector on the Hard Drive?
2: Is the mobo (or IDEs) physically damaged?
A: how can I tell.
Windows XP Pro SP1
first (dead) Hard Drive: Maxtor 80gb IDE
second (new, but passably broken now) Hard Drive: Western Digital 160gb IDE
CPU: AMD 2400+ (I think, I know its AMD though)
if you need any mmore information please let me know.
pre-thanks for your help in this matter.