Alrighty. First of all, I'm very confused.
Now for the problem.
The other day while playing Team Fortress 2, I was experiencing symptoms of a paged pool memory issue, described here: (https://support.steampowered.com/kb_...5034-EIPV-6426
So I restarted my computer, and got the "A disk read error occured" message.
It didn't go away, so I booted to my XP cd, ran chkdsk, and it got to 23%, and then it said there were unrecoverable errors. I then was going to boot with seatools, but my computer wouldn't recognize my dvd burner, and my bios called it "BzBzBzBzBzBzBzBzBzBzBzBz"
I powered off the system, removed power from the DVD burner, and the computer booted fine. If I plugged the DVD burner it, it wouldn't boot (disk read error). NOTE:
The DVD burner has worked fine until this moment. I do not think it's the DVD burner's fault, as you'll understand soon.
Now here's the even more confusing part.
I just was having the problems in Team Fortress 2, so I powered off my system. Lo and behold, I'm getting the disk read error message again.
I'm guessing either:
A) I'm not using enough power, since removing the DVD burner from power last time worked
2) My drive is bad
Any ideas? I'll remove my GFX card and boot to see if it could be power, then I'll attempt to run seatools. Here's my system specs:
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L (MoBo)
COOLER MASTER RP-550-PCAR 550W (PSU) (2 12v rails with 16amp on each)
Core 2 Duo E6320 Conroe 1.86GHz (Processor)
G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 800 SDRAM F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ (RAM)
Sony NEC Optiarc 18X DVD±R DVD Burner AD-7170S-0B (Optical Drive)
BFG nVidia 7950GT OC 256MB GDDR3 (GPU)
no PCI cards
3 SATA drives
2 PATA drives
2 case fans
It seems to be a power problem...
Removing only the auxillury power from my gfx card didn't help.
I tried booting without 2 SATA drives and without 1 PATA drive, and it worked....do I need a new PSU?
Now I'm even more confused....I just plugged everything back in, and it booted. So is it a bad drive?
Edit the third:
Ran Seatools, all my drives passed the short tests..I'm running the longer ones now.